Yesterday Newcastle thrashed Rotherham 4-0 at home with goals from Matt Ritchie (x2), Daryl Murphy and Ayoze Perez. This result sends Newcastle back to the top of the table, ahead of second place Brighton
In the first half, Rotherham put up a good fight and shut out the home side right up until added time when Murphy struck his third goal in three matches. Rotherham should’ve taken the lead 38 minutes in after the ball slipped out of Darlow’s hands, leaving Jerry Yates with an open goal. Luckily, quick feet from Darlow and a tactical foul from Clark on his own goalkeeper saved Newcastle’s skin. Newcastle almost opened the scoring close to the end of the first half when Shelvey picked the ball up in the box but couldn’t quite direct it goalwards. But right before half time Daryl Murphy got the ball to his feet, turned and got the ball in the back of the net. The Irish striker proving himself to Rafa Benitez.
The home side then doubled their lead five minutes into the second half when Ritchie turned in a parried ball from Rotherham’s keeper. Newcastle were cruising at this point but Rotherham weren’t giving up, Aimen Belaid hit a tame shot towards goal. Routine save for Darlow. Before the away side could get any momentum going, Ayoze Perez headed in Yedlin’s cross. Rotherham were dead and buried by this point. Just to add insult to injury, Matt Ritchie slotted home his second of the match, his tenth of the season.
Despite the scoreline, Rotherham put up a good display but Newcastle’s quality was just too much for the Millers. The away side, however, find themselves rooted to the bottom of the Championship and nine points adrift of safety. Things are not looking good for the Yorkshire club, but they do make a good save on Football Manager if you’re looking for a challenge. On the other end of the spectacle, this result puts Newcastle at the top of the Championship and a point clear of Brighton. Bare in mind that Brighton have a game in hand and face Cardiff on the 24th. But for now at least Newcastle are firing on all cylinders again after that small blip in late December/early January.