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Newcastle have Bruno Guimaraes to thank for win vs Fulham

Newcastle United finally claimed their second Premier League victory on Saturday, strolling to victory over Fulham.

The game was made considerably easier when Nathaniel Chalobah was dismissed just eight minutes in, and Callum Wilson put the Magpies in front three minutes later.

The game already seemed a foregone conclusion by this point, but another three goals meant that Eddie Howe oversaw a 4-1 win over the Cottagers.

It was comprehensive, as they dominated the stats, having 69% possession and 19 shots.

Although Miguel Almiron scored twice and has earned the lion’s share of the plaudits, Bruno Guimaraes was truly unstoppable in midfield.

His intelligence as he made Marco Silva’s side chase hopeless balls was superb, whilst his defensive display also negated any chances of a slip-up.

Guimaraes’ efforts actually saw him receive the highest SofaScore rating on the pitch of 8.4, bettering even that of the two-goal Paraguayan.

Who was your MOTM today?

Bruno Guimaraes

Bruno Guimaraes

Miguel Almiron

Miguel Almiron

Sean Longstaff

Sean Longstaff

Someone else?

Someone else?

The Brazilian “hero” managed just 59 minutes due to his return from injury but was industrious with his limited game time.

He created two big chances, one of which bore an assist, as well as delivered four key passes.

Not only was he creative, but – as aforementioned – his use of the ball was imperative towards tiring out an already depleted opposition. He was accurate with nine of his 12 long passes, showing how his expansive play would have made them work extra hard.

What must have been even more frustrating was that as well as being so influential offensively, he still won 100% of his duels, making three tackles and one clearance.

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Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson celebrates with Joelinton

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To do all this in just 59 short minutes is sensational and shows how he truly was the star man for Howe today.

This was a game they simply had to take all three points from, as they were winless before their opening day victory over Nottingham Forest.

Guimaraes will now get a well-deserved week-long break, and hopefully, be fit enough for a full 90 minutes when his side host Brentford. Another tough game, but with the Brazilian in midfield the Magpies will always stand a better chance of victory.

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