Newcastle United have reasserted an impression of control over the Championship. Rafael Benítez and his triumphant players strode across the turf after the final whistle here to salute a boisterous away support, the massed ranks heaving in the stand behind Karl Darlow’s goal, with that familiar chorus hailing leadership of this division having swiftly taken on a Geordie twang.
The destiny of the title was not decided here, as Benítez was quick to stress, but a significant psychological blow may have been struck. The celebrations, raucous and prolonged, revealed as much. They were fuelled by the unlikely nature of their success. Brighton & Hove Albion, top at kick-off and excellent for long periods, had led the blistering contest from early on and regularly stretched Darlow and his defence, until yielding cruelly at the last.
Source: Football News
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