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Newcastle United 4-0 Rotherham United

Daryl Murphy
Daryl Murphy has scored in each of his last three games for Newcastle

Newcastle went back to the top of the Championship with a comfortable win over bottom side Rotherham United.

Daryl Murphy struck in first-half stoppage time with the Magpies having dominated much of the opening period.

Matt Ritchie made the game safe soon after the restart as he slotted home after Yoan Gouffran's shot was saved.

Ayoze Perez scored the third before Ritchie got his second with a composed finish as Newcastle re-established their one-point lead at the top.

With first-choice strikers Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic both injured, there were concerns as to where Newcastle's goals would come from, but those fears were banished as Perez went close a number of times as the home side dominated the first half.

It was the Millers, however, who should have taken the lead when goalkeeper Karl Darlow fumbled the ball on the edge of the area and into the path of Jerry Yates, who was eventually denied by the Magpies' stopper as he recovered well from the error to save.

Murphy gave Rafael Benitez's men the lead seconds before the break as he turned in DeAndre Yedlin's cross, and soon after the interval Ritchie made it 2-0 to help ensure Rotherham would lose for the 17th time in 21 games in all competitions.

Perez then got his first goal since October after another cross from Yedlin, before Ritchie got his second of the game, slotting home a well-timed pass by Jonjo Shelvey - who returned for his first league appearance after the completion of his five-match ban.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez: "We scored the first goal at the right time and then got the second at a good time too. We had a lot of chances, it was a comfortable win in the end.

"Credit to them, they were working hard and in the first half they made it difficult to play against.

"We needed to win, we did it, we scored four goals, got a clean sheet and three points, so it was job done. We are going in the right direction."

Rotherham manager Paul Warne: "We limited them to very few chances in the first half. I thought the way we set up was working a treat and we went to toe-to-toe with them.

"My conversation at half-time was a lot more different to what I wanted to have and it was a psychological hit for the lads.

"Newcastle started the second half well and then the game was away from us. But I don't think our season will be decided on this game. They have got class and quality all over the pitch, they will be a Premier League club again next season."

Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 26Darlow
  • 22YedlinSubstituted forSterryat 80'minutes
  • 6Lascelles
  • 2Clark
  • 3Dummett
  • 11Ritchie
  • 14Hayden
  • 12Shelvey
  • 20GouffranSubstituted forAmeobiat 64'minutes
  • 17Pérez
  • 33MurphySubstituted forLazaarat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Hanley
  • 7Lazaar
  • 19Haidara
  • 28Sels
  • 34Ameobi
  • 35Barlaser
  • 42Sterry

Rotherham

  • 18O'Donnell
  • 17Fisher
  • 6Wood
  • 26Belaid
  • 3MattockBooked at 61mins
  • 33SmallwoodBooked at 45mins
  • 7FordeSubstituted forKellyat 87'minutes
  • 4Vaulks
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 11TaylorSubstituted forAllanat 75'minutes
  • 39YatesSubstituted forWardat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kelly
  • 9Ward
  • 16Wilson
  • 21Allan
  • 40Warren
  • 45Bilboe
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
52,208

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home22
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Newcastle United 4, Rotherham United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 4, Rotherham United 0.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Foul by Achraf Lazaar (Newcastle United).

Stephen Kelly (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Stephen Kelly replaces Anthony Forde.

Offside, Newcastle United. Achraf Lazaar tries a through ball, but Matt Ritchie is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Allan with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Jamie Sterry replaces DeAndre Yedlin.

Goal!

Goal! Newcastle United 4, Rotherham United 0. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a through ball following a fast break.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Adeyemi.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Achraf Lazaar replaces Daryl Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Scott Allan replaces Jon Taylor.

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi with a cross.

Attempt missed. Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Dummett following a corner.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Sammy Ameobi replaces Yoan Gouffran.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Aimen Belaid.

Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

Attempt missed. Richard Wood (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Forde with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Danny Ward replaces Jerry Yates.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

Goal!

Goal! Newcastle United 3, Rotherham United 0. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) with an attempt from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by DeAndre Yedlin.

Attempt saved. Aimen Belaid (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Will Vaulks.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

Delay in match Tom Adeyemi (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Newcastle United).

Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle27191754213358
2Brighton26176342182457
3Huddersfield2715483230249
4Leeds27153937271048
5Reading2614483836246
6Sheff Wed2713683126545
7Derby2712782721643
8Barnsley27125104641541
9Fulham261010644311340
10Norwich27124114540540
11Preston2711793734340
12Birmingham2791083136-537
13Aston Villa2781272827136
14Ipswich2797112833-534
15Brentford2796123435-133
16Cardiff2696113140-933
17QPR2796122637-1133
18Wolves2788113437-332
19Nottm Forest2786133845-730
20Bristol City2783163539-427
21Wigan2767142432-825
22Burton2767142637-1125
23Blackburn2767143244-1225
24Rotherham2744192760-3316
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