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Sven Botman’s first Newcastle goal came in his 50th appearance for the club as they cantered to victoryNewcastle matched their record Premier League win with a scintillating display as they embarrassed winless Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.Any fears of a European hangover following their Champions League exertions on Tuesday soon vanished as Eddie Howe’s side cruised to victory with eight different players getting on the scoresheet.Sean Longstaff put the visitors in front on 21 minutes as he swept in from Anthony Gordon’s cutback with the Blades’ appeals for a handball and claims the ball went out of play in the build-up dismissed.Paul Heckingbottom’s hosts had started brightly but found themselves three down before half-time after a further two goals in four minutes for Newcastle.Both came from Kieran Trippier set-pieces with Dan Burn stooping to nod in a corner at the back post before Sven Botman scored his first Newcastle goal with a well-directed header from a wide free-kick.Callum Wilson missed a number of presentable opportunities before the break but got his goal 10 minutes into the second half, heading in from close range following another pinpoint cross from Trippier.With Newcastle seemingly able to carve through the Blades at will, it was the irrepressible Gordon who added the fifth.The former Everton winger cut in from the left and effortlessly curled the ball into the far corner past Wes Foderingham in the Sheffield United goal.Miguel Almiron slotted in number six and Bruno Guimaraes made it seven with 17 minutes still remaining against an increasingly despondent home side.That was plenty of time for substitute Alexander Isak to pounce on another defensive error, turn his man and calmly finish to make it 8-0, the same score by which Newcastle beat Sheffield Wednesday in 1999.The result is also Sheffield United’s record league defeat.Gordon shines in sparkling Newcastle displayUnlikely as it seems given the scoreline, Newcastle started relatively slowly and it was the home side that looked the more threatening in the opening exchanges.That all changed the moment the first goal went in and Gordon was key to it, twisting smartly on the byeline before finding Longstaff to finish.Gordon was only on the pitch because of an injury to Harvey Barnes but the winger’s introduction helped change the game.While the match became something of a procession in the second half, it was the pace and trickery of Gordon down the left that helped Newcastle get into such a position.”They can’t handle Gordon. He is causing them all sorts of problems,” former Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison told BBC Radio 5 Live at half-time.”They can’t deal with him.”Gordon got his goal as Sheffield United capitulated after the break and Newcastle continued relentlessly on.After an underwhelming start to their league campaign – losing three of their first five games – this was a statement win that will keep spirits high at St James’ Park and add to the belief that they can make their mark domestically, as well as in Europe, this season.No positives for Blades after record loss”I can’t stand here and say anything positive,” Sheffield United captain John Egan said after the match.This was the Blades’ largest defeat in their league history in their 4,988th game.That speaks for itself but the worrying truth for them is that it could have been worse.Having been unable to make the most of a couple of early chances – Luke Thomas saw one shot blocked and sliced another wide when in space at the far post – they crumbled after going behind.Three goals in 14 first-half minutes left Sheffield United looking dazed and the concern is that the half-time break only seemed to make things worse.Newcastle players were able to find space all over the pitch and the home side were outclassed. That may not be a surprise against a Champions League side but the fact they were completely outfought as well is more of a worry.Despite four defeats in their first five games, this is the first time Heckingbottom’s side have lost by more than a goal and they have to hope this proves to be an aberration.Player of the matchTrippierKieran TrippierSheffield UnitedSquad number18Player nameFoderinghamSquad number28Player nameMcAteeSquad number10Player nameArcherSquad number8Player nameHamerSquad number15Player nameAhmedhodzicSquad number12Player nameEganSquad number21Player nameVinicius SouzaSquad number25Player nameBen SlimaneSquad number14Player nameThomasSquad number11Player nameTraoréSquad number16Player nameNorwoodSquad number19Player nameRobinsonSquad number20Player nameBogleSquad number6Player nameBashamSquad number22Player nameDaviesNewcastle UnitedSquad number2Player nameTrippierSquad number10Player nameGordonSquad number36Player nameS LongstaffSquad number4Player nameBotmanSquad number39Player nameBruno GuimarãesSquad number33Player nameBurnSquad number9Player nameWilsonSquad number14Player nameIsakSquad number24Player nameAlmirónSquad number5Player nameSchärSquad number32Player nameAndersonSquad number22Player namePopeSquad number8Player nameTonaliSquad number21Player nameLivramentoSquad number20Player nameHallSquad number15Player nameBarnesLine-upsSheff UtdFormation 3-4-2-118Foderingham15Ahmedhodzic12Egan19Robinson20Bogle16Norwood21de Souza Costa14Thomas28McAtee8Hamer10Archer18Foderingham15AhmedhodzicBooked at 28mins12EganBooked at 90mins19RobinsonBooked at 34mins20BogleSubstituted forTraoréat 45’minutes16NorwoodSubstituted forDaviesat 62’minutes21de Souza Costa14Thomas28McAteeSubstituted forBashamat 75’minutes8HamerSubstituted forBen Slimaneat 66’minutesBooked at 75mins10ArcherSubstitutes1Davies5Trusty6Basham11Traoré22Davies25Ben Slimane27Larouci35Brooks38SerikiNewcastleFormation 4-3-322Pope2Trippier5Schär4Botman33Burn36S Longstaff39Bruno Guimarães32Anderson24Almirón9Wilson15Barnes22Pope2TrippierSubstituted forLivramentoat 70’minutes5Schär4Botman33Burn36S Longstaff39Bruno GuimarãesSubstituted forHallat 81’minutes32Anderson24AlmirónSubstituted forTonaliat 70’minutes9WilsonSubstituted forIsakat 70’minutes15BarnesSubstituted forGordonat 12’minutesSubstitutes1Dúbravka6Lascelles8Tonali10Gordon13Targett14Isak20Hall21Livramento23MurphyLive TextMatch ends, Sheffield United 0, Newcastle United 8.Second Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Newcastle United 8.Offside, Sheffield United. Tom Davies tries a through ball, but Chris Basham is caught offside.Attempt blocked. Tom Davies (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Archer.Foul by Fabian Schär (Newcastle United).Vinicius Souza (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.John Egan (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Anthony Gordon (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.Foul by John Egan (Sheffield United).Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Foul by Vinicius Souza (Sheffield United).Offside, Sheffield United. John Egan tries a through ball, but Chris Basham is caught offside.Goal! Sheffield United 0, Newcastle United 8. Alexander Isak (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.Attempt missed. Tom Davies (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Basham.Elliot Anderson (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Foul by Tom Davies (Sheffield United).Substitution, Newcastle United. Lewis Hall replaces Bruno Guimarães.Attempt missed. Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a corner.Attempt blocked. Dan Burn (Newcastle United) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Sandro Tonali with a cross.Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

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