Newcastle beat Brentford 2 – 0 despite Christian Eriksen playing. Christian Eriksen was given a standing ovation from fans and players on both sides when he emerged as a 52nd-minute substitute, completing a remarkable comeback after he collapsed playing for Denmark against Finland at Euro 2020 in June.
Christian Eriksen made an emotional return to action 259 days after suffering a cardiac arrest but could not prevent Newcastle easing their relegation fears and increasing Brentford’s with a comfortable win.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank announced Eriksen would play some part but his introduction came in the toughest of circumstances, with the Bees two goals down and reduced to 10 men after Josh Dasilva’s early red card, confirmed by VAR, for a foul on Matt Targett.
Newcastle took full advantage to secure their fourth win in five games, with Joelinton scoring with a towering header from Ryan Fraser’s cross after 33 minutes and Joe Willock the beneficiary of Fabian Schar’s superb counter seconds before half-time.
Eriksen looked lively, if understandably a little rusty and over-eager, replacing fellow Dane Mathias Jensen, who came on as a substitute for him at Euro 2020.
The game was effectively over when Eriksen came on but what a wonderful sight it was, to see this high-class midfielder playing again and back to full health. Reborn Joelinton leads Newcastle revival
Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United resurgence continues as they made it seven games unbeaten with a thoroughly professional and composed performance to cruise past Brentford.
Dasilva’s rash 11th-minute challenge on Targett presented them with the numerical advantage and they cashed in ruthlessly, with only the excellence of Brentford keeper David Raya preventing a far more emphatic victory margin.
Newcastle took control and never looked like relinquishing it as their growing confidence and quality barely gave Brentford a chance. And the symbol of the renaissance was Joelinton, who was often derided as a £40m failure early in his Newcastle career but is now flourishing in a deeper role and revelling in his cult hero status with the Toon Army.
He is a player reborn and sent Newcastle on their way with a header from Fraser’s cross, powered low past Raya, who was helpless. The Brazilian celebrated in flamboyant style, shrugging of his team-mates to race the length of the field and celebrate wildly in front of Newcastle’s travelling fans tucked in a corner of the Brentford Community Stadium.
The chant “he’s Brazilian, he only cost £40m” rang out at regular intervals – ironic in that for so long he was regarded as an over-priced piece of business.
Newcastle’s £25m new boy Chris Wood is still struggling and yet to score. He should have struck with a first-half header but the goals are coming from elsewhere and with Howe’s side now up to 14th in the table, the clouds that were gathering over Tyneside for so much of this season look to be rolling away.
It was all done without three of their most influential performers in Allan Saint-Maximin, Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson – which all bodes well for Howe and his team.
Source – BBC News