Newcastle’s good performances in recent weeks have hardly earned them the results they’ve deserved but that changed completely against Huddersfield on Saturday, who were truly put to the sword by the Magpies.
The Tyneside outfit ran out 2-0 winners, with Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez getting on the scoresheet in quick succession after the break to secure all three points for the home side.
Miguel Almiron, making his St James’ Park debut after signing for a club-record fee in January, nearly capped off a fine move but his chipped effort struck the post 11 minutes in.
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With the Paraguayan making a promising start, his afternoon was nearly cut short by Terriers defender Tommy Smith, whose dangerous challenge nine minutes later could easily have had catastrophic consequences for the Newcastle man.
The Huddersfield captain was deservedly shown a straight red card – making him the first player to be sent off against Newcastle since 2014 – for his horror tackle and, fortunately, Almiron was able to carry on.
Here’s what the Toon Army had to say about 26-year-old Smith’s red card on Twitter, with some relieved that they had finally seen a red card awarded to their opposition, while others were simply pleased that Almiron wasn’t injured…
Wow first red card against Newcastle in a long long time. Looked nasty as soon as it happened. Miggie is unbelievably quick! #NUFC
— Miles Anderson Smith (@Mjas09) February 23, 2019
About time. 🚫
— TalkNewcastle (@TalkNewcastle92) February 23, 2019
— Paolo M (@PaoloM51243759) February 23, 2019
Finally someone gets sent off against us
— Evan Kiropoulos (@evan_kiropoulos) February 23, 2019
— Conor Bennett (@CBennett_12) 23 February 2019
He tried to end Almiron’s career because he’s bigger than their entire club
— Dell ??????? (@agbnufc) 23 February 2019
that was disgusting
— NuFc For LIFE (@ToonBarmy59) 23 February 2019
ARE YOU CRAZY?!?!? TRYING TO KILL ALMIRON
— “Mr Steal The Show” Jamie McKay ⚫️⚪️ (@MRSTSJM) 23 February 2019
Big scare !
— Garry Mc Cluskey (@GarryCluskey) 23 February 2019