Joelinton ended a 27 league match goalless drought as Newcastle thrashed ten-man Sheffield United in a three goal second-half display.
John Egan was sent off in the 50th minute after picking up a second yellow card, following a foul on Joelinton, having previously been booked for an argument with the Brazilian towards end of the first half.
Allan Saint Maximin soon gave Newcastle the lead shortly after Egan’s dismissal when Matt Ritchie’s low cross from the left rolled under Enda Stevens, falling for Saint Maximin to lash in beyond a helpless Dean Henderson.
Matt Ritchie then turned goal scorer when he smashed in Newcastle’s second from just inside the box, having initially driven forward from Isaac Hayden’s pass after initial neat work to Hayden from the right flank.
Joelinton completed the Magpies’ win when he played one-two with Miguel Almiron on the left, slotting in from the Paraguayan’s low cross under the legs of Jack Robinson to score his first-ever home league goal for Newcastle at St James’ Park.
Newcastle therefore climb to 12th position in the table whilst Sheffield Utd remain in seventh, ahead of their must-win trip to Manchester United on Wednesday in the fight for fifth.Embed from Getty Images
Sheffield Utd made the better start with two free-kicks of which both came to nothing, whilst Oli McBurnie played a forward pass to Sander Berge which had too much pace for the Norwegian to get on the end of and shoot.
Joelinton then sparked Newcastle into life after 17 minutes when he broke into space on the counter-attack, only for Henderson to safely gather after the Brazilian failed to produce a proper shot on goal.
Billy Sharp then missed a huge opportunity to put the Blades ahead in the 24th minute when he volleyed over from George Baldock’s cross.
Both teams then traded set pieces with no chances of note except for Joelinton’s foul on Chris Basham, which sparked an argument between him and Egan of which both players were booked.Embed from Getty Images
Newcastle started the second-half brightest and a long ball caught Chris Wilder’s Blades out, as Egan grappled with Joelinton to deny the striker a chance on goal and earn himself a second yellow which saw him red-carded.
Joelinton then saw a header from Hayden’s cross saved by Henderson, although Ritchie then curled in a low left wing cross just two minutes later, which wrong footed Stevens and fell for Saint-Maximin to fire in from close range to give the hosts the lead.
Sharp then tried to produce an instant response from Baldock’s cross but headed wide, before Almiron went up the other end only for his shot to be comfortably gathered by Henderson on the hour mark.Embed from Getty Images
Newcastle then got their second goal nine minutes later when Hayden picked up a pass and played across to Ritchie, who raced into the box before smashing in from 24 yards out to put the Tyneside club in control.
Ritchie went close again just eight minutes later but Joelinton completed Newcastle’s first-ever Premier League double over the Blades, playing a smart one-two with Almiron up the left before calmly turning in the return cross from under Robinson’s legs.
Basham then tried to rescue a late consolation for Chris Wilder’s men when he burst into the Newcastle box, only for his curled cross to bend just wide of the bottom left corner.
Newcastle eventually clung on for the win which represents their biggest league victory margin so far this season, bettering their two goal away win over the Blades at Bramall Lane in December.
Newcastle winger, Allan Saint-Maximin speaking to Sky Sports post match: “I am really happy. It was important we started with a win.
“You have always to be ready and I am really happy to score.
“I am really happy for Joelinton. He works really hard to score. A striker has difficult times but I hope he can score again now.”
Both Newcastle and Sheffield Utd will be back in action on Wednesday evening in a 6pm (BST) kick-off, as the Magpies host Aston Villa whilst the Blades head to Manchester United in a huge clash in the race for Europe.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez, Rose, Ritchie (Yedlin, 90+2), Hayden, Shelvey (Schar, 85), Saint-Maximin (Bentaleb, 79), Almiron (Lazaro, 85), Joelinton (Carroll, 79)
Sheffield Utd: Henderson, Basham, Egan, Robinson, Baldock, Berge (Lundstrum, 66), Norwood, Fleck (Luke Freeman, 73), Stevens, McBurnie (Kieron Freeman, 85), Sharp (Zivkovic, 74)