Newcastle United might be confirmed a Champions League crew as quickly as Saturday if Liverpool lose to Aston Villa on the weekend. The Toon’s sensible 4-1 defeat of Brighton in entrance of a deafening St. James’ Park has despatched Eddie Howe’s crew 4 factors away from Liverpool with every membership having two video games left.

A Deniz Undav personal objective, and a Dan Burn header was bookended a objective by Undav on the right finish, making the rating 2-1 to Newcastle after 51 minutes. A Nervy 35 minutes was punctuated by late breakaway targets by Callum Wilson and Bruno Guimaraes which had Newcastle followers singing about away journeys to Italy.

“They did not make us anxious, they knew what the gamers wanted in that second” admitted Howe, reflecting on that interval throughout which the sport rested on a knife edge.

“We weren’t in whole management of that half. We obtained a couple of particulars unsuitable. We needed to hold calm as a result of we knew there could be counter assault moments for us.”

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And there was, Wilson sprung Brighton’s excessive defensive position to run clear, bearing down on the Gallowgate Finish in the identical method, and on the similar angle, Kevin Keegan did over 40 years in the past to seal his debut objective for Newcastle.