World’s richest club Newcastle prove they don’t have to break a bank to take on the challenge


Forest has been far from shy about spending since their overall win at Huddersfield in May, and of their six debutants, former Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, and defenders Moussa Niakhate and Neco Williams all stood out in a predictable rearguard test.

Four corners from Newcastle in the opening 10 minutes seemed to set the stage for a scorching afternoon for the visitors, who to their credit endured the predictable early attack by creating some half-chances for Sam Surridge, which the attacker probably would have taken against the defense of the championship.

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Schar had to be on the alert to block a shot from Jesse Lingard as Forest turned into a game the hosts would have controlled at half time if they had kept their composure in front of goal.

Joelinton forced Henderson to beat a long-range attempt before the brilliant Brazilian waltzed through three challenges to miss a shot horribly wide in a perfect encapsulation of the South American’s Jekyll and Hyde form in black and white .

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Callum Wilson tamely headed a Joe Willock cross on Henderson and Allan Saint-Maximin failed to make decent contact on an inviting Miguel Almiron center as an entertaining encounter surprisingly failed to score in the first 45 minutes .

The deadlock was finally broken with just over 30 minutes to go when Schar hammered home from 20 meters via a post after Forest failed to handle one of the many Saint Maximin centers in the danger zone.

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Surridge should have done better when he fired a more than representative header opportunity shortly afterwards, and the hosts were out of sight 12 minutes from time when Wilson applied an agile outside right foot finish to a low cross from Joelinton in the six-yard box.

Wilson put a late chance in the side net, but a third would have been hard on Forest, who will console themselves that they won’t run into this quality of opposition every week. Just every other week.



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