After Tuesday’s brilliant 3-1 win over Everton, Eddie Howe named two Magpies he thought were the best. They were Kieran Trippier and Allan Saint-Maximin, putting on heroic performances in St James’ Park.
The duo also passed their teammates in our Man of the Match pick last night.
Howe described Saint-Maximin as “magical” while praising Trippier’s leadership abilities. The pair were integral to Newcastle’s dominant second-half display, which resulted in a two-goal cushion for the closing stages of the game.
Saint-Maximin was a thorn in the side of the Toffees all evening. He has 10 dribbles, three key passes and set up Ryan Fraser’s goal in the 56th minute. Allan charged to the touchline and unleashed a cross that took a deflection but landed for Fraser to tuck.
Here’s what Howe said of his star winger, as published in The Chronicle:
“Allan was magically at his best last night.
“It’s so difficult to play against him when he’s in that mood.
“I was very satisfied with his individual performance.”
It was a frustrating start for Allan as he was hampered by Everton defenders. He and Matt Targett also failed to sync on the left side early in the game. Although Saint-Maximin was everything in the second half and Everton had no answers.
Trippier also put in a characteristic performance. The veteran right-back grabbed the game by the neck after a first-half Jamaal Lascelle own goal. Trippier contributed 4 key passes and 5 tackles to his goal.
It’s the intangibles Kieran brought to the table that Howe is most pleased with. Here’s what the head coach said about his sensational full-back:
“Kieran, I thought, was top notch.
“It’s not just his performance on the pitch, but also his way of behaving and leading the group.
“His voice in the dressing room, he’s already so respected, and then he produces performances like that.
“I am very happy with him.”
Kieran made the rounds with the media after the game despite his calf injury. He said he had never experienced an atmosphere like that at St James’ Park before. That’s great praise from the 31-year-old.
This guy. ?
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***Here are some details on an upcoming charity event***
NUFC legends unite for 2022 charity event in Gosforth
Four legendary former Newcastle United Football players come together for a special charity event at The Grand Hotel in Gosforth on Friday 8th April 2022. The event will reunite Kevin Keegan’s famous ‘Entertainers’ squad from the ’90s, including former star midfielder Rob Lee, famed left-back John Beresford, former Northern Ireland winger Keith Gillespie and the club’s legendary centre-back and England international Steve howey Featuring an auction, a raffle and a two-course meal, the charity event – organized by friends and NUFC fans Les Hancock and Terry Sweeney – will be transformed into a smart-casual dinner event aimed at all supporters of the team.
Commenting on the event, John Beresford said: “I am really looking forward to April 8th when myself, Keith Gillespie, Rob Lee and Steve Howey will head to Gosforth Park where we will have some memories and some entertainment with it. We’ll tell some funny stories; Things you’ve probably never heard before. It’s going to be funny, let’s put it that way! It’s all for two fantastic purposes; Tiny Lives Trust and Wallsend Boys Club. Can’t wait and hope to see you there”
The evening is dedicated to the memory of Brian Paddison, a beloved Newcastle businessman, charity fundraiser and passionate Newcastle United fan. All proceeds from the event go directly to the Tiny Lives Trust and the legendary Wallsend Boys Club which has produced over 80 professional football players since its inception including Alan Shearer, Alan Thompson, Steve Watson and Michael Carrick.
Tickets for the NUFC Legends Charity Evening are £45 and can be purchased by emailing [email protected] or by calling the organizers Les Hancock on 07779 841293 or Terry Sweeney on 07968 126622.