Newcastle United came back from a goal down to beat Brentford 2-1 at the Gtech Community Stadium and extend their winning streak to five games in the Premier League. The hosts took the lead in the first half through Ivan Toney, who scored from the spot after missing an earlier penalty.
But Newcastle turned things around after the break with goals from David Raya (own goal) and Alexander Isak, who scored a stunning strike from outside the box. The result keeps Newcastle in third place, while Brentford drop to 14th.
The game started with a high tempo and both teams created chances in the opening minutes. Brentford thought they had scored when Toney tapped in from close range after Nick Pope had parried a shot from Kevin Schade, but the goal was ruled out for offside by VAR.
Newcastle responded with a shot from Fabian Schär that was saved by Raya, and a header from Sven Botman that went over the bar.
Brentford were awarded a penalty in the 28th minute when Botman brought down Schade in the box with a clumsy challenge. Toney stepped up to take it, but his weak effort was easily saved by Pope.
However, the striker got another chance from the spot in the 38th minute when Joelinton handled the ball in the area. This time, Toney made no mistake and sent Pope the wrong way to give Brentford the lead.
Newcastle looked shell-shocked and struggled to create any clear-cut chances before half-time. Eddie Howe made two changes at the break, bringing on Callum Wilson and Jonjo Shelvey for Joelinton and Sean Longstaff.
The substitutions paid off as Newcastle equalized in the 49th minute. Joelinton redeemed himself with a brilliant turn and shot that Raya could only push into his own net.
Newcastle grew in confidence and took the lead in the 59th minute with a superb goal from Isak. Wilson played a clever pass to Isak, who curled a powerful shot into the top corner from 20 yards out. It was his 18th goal of the season and his fifth in his last four games.
Wilson thought he had added a third for Newcastle in the 64th minute when he tapped in from close range after Raya had spilled a cross from Miguel Almirón, but VAR ruled it out for handball by Almirón in the buildup.
Brentford tried to get back into the game, but Newcastle defended well and limited their chances. The closest Brentford came was a header from Ben Mee that was saved by Pope in the 78th minute. Newcastle held on for a deserved win that keeps them in contention for a Champions League spot next season.
Final Thoughts: Newcastle’s Impressive Run Continues with Hard-Fought Win Against Brentford
Newcastle United’s impressive run of form in the Premier League continued with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium.
Despite falling behind to an Ivan Toney penalty, the Magpies showed great resilience and character to come back and secure all three points with goals from David Raya (own goal) and Alexander Isak.
The game was a closely contested affair, with both sides creating chances and playing with a high tempo. Brentford started brightly, but Newcastle grew into the game as it progressed and took control in the second half.
The introduction of Callum Wilson and Jonjo Shelvey at half-time proved to be a masterstroke by manager Eddie Howe, as both players played a key role in turning the game around.
Isak’s stunning strike from outside the box was undoubtedly the standout moment of the game. The young Swedish forward has been in scintillating form for Newcastle in recent weeks, and his goal was a testament to his incredible talent and skill.
His partnership with Wilson has been a key factor in the Magpies’ recent success, and if they can continue to play at this level, they will surely be in contention for a top-four finish come the end of the season.
Overall, this was a great performance from Newcastle, who showed great resilience and character to come back and win against a stubborn Brentford side.
With five consecutive wins in the Premier League, the Magpies are certainly a team to watch in the final weeks of the season. If they can maintain this level of performance, they could well achieve something special this year.