FT: Newcastle 2-0 Huddersfield. It's a comfortable win for Benitez's men in the end and they are now four points clear of the relegation zone and up to 14th. Huddersfield didn't really stand a chance after the red card.
- 2nd Half
- 1st Half
Newcastle United - Huddersfield Town
Premier League - 23 February 2019
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Three added minutes.
Schindler is hobbling but will be okay to continue.
Atsu and Kenedy are keen to make something happen down the left but it doesn't quite come off.
Rondon, who has had a good game, makes way for Joselu.
Kenedy can't beat the first man from a corner.
- OffMiguel AlmirónNewcastle United
- OnChristian AtsuNewcastle United
Almiron gets a standing ovation as he departs after an impressive home debut. ATsu takes his place.
- OffLaurent DepoitreHuddersfield Town
- OnSteve MouniéHuddersfield Town
Mounie relieves Depoitre of his duties.
Longtsaff rattles the crossbar with a curling effort from range - what a goal that would have been! It's almost party time for Newcastle.
Almiron tries his luck from range but shoots straight at Lossl.
A deep cross picks out Kenedy and he unleashes a ferocious outside-of-the-boot volley that Lossl somehow tips onto the bar.
Perez plays a one-two with Almiron but then can't quite finish it off, scuffing just wide from close range. Lossl was wrong-footed and beaten.
Rondon recycles a corner to Hayden, who whips in a cross that Lejeune volleys over.
- OffJuninho BacunaHuddersfield Town
- OnPhilip BillingHuddersfield Town
Billing comes on for Bacuna as Huddersfield make their second swap.
- OffMatt RitchieNewcastle United
- OnKenedyNewcastle United
Kenedy comes on for Ritchie.
Perez slices a shot over from just inside the box having been set up by Almiron.
Lacelles shows good speed to get across and prevent Bacuna from picking up the ball in a dangerous position.
An Almiron cross is hacked behind for a Newcastle corner. He's finding a fair bit of joy down the left.
- Yellow cardMatt RitchieNewcastle United
Ritchie goes through the back of Bacuna and is rightly booked, to his horror.
Back-to-back Newcastle corners come to nothing, despite Almiron showing off some silky hips.
Ritchie wins a corner and St James' Park is rocking.
- GoalAyoze PérezNewcastle United
GOAL! Newcastle 2-0 Huddersfield (Perez). An overhit Almiron cross is headed back into the middle by Yedlin and, via Rondon, to Perez, who powers home on the turn. That's surely game over.
A free-kick not far inside the Magpies half gives Hudderfield a quick opportunity to respond but Schindler can't keep his header down.
- GoalSalomón RondónNewcastle United
GOAL! Newcastle 1-0 Huddersfield (Rondon). A raking cross-field ball picks out Yedlin. He swiftly plays it inside, where Perez and Hayden get in one anther's way, but the ball runs to Rondon and he fires home.
Huddersfield get the second half started.
HT: Newcastle 0-0 Huddersfield. The home team have been dominant, especially since Huddersfield went down to 10 men, but it somehow remains goalless.
A terrific Longstaff cross finds Rondon, six yards from goal, but he can't direct his diving header on target.
Newcastle go straight up the other end and Yedlin tees up Perez, 10 yards out, who produces a fine fingertip save from Lossl.
Hogg looks to find Depoitre with a searching ball over the top and Dubravka is again off his line confidently to claim.
Longstaff wins the ball in midfield and starts a break that ends in Almiron cutting it back to him at the top of the box, where his first-time shot is blocked.
The hype train has left the station.
Huddersfield's best chance of making a chance looks to be getting Mooy on the ball.
Rondon isn't too happy with what he views as Lowe wasting time and the referee comes over to have a word with the Town man.
Depoitre has a long afternoon ahead but he is still making his presence felt.
Lossl almost hands Almiron a goal as he lets a tame shot squirm through his legs but Lowe is on hand to clear off the line.
- Yellow cardDeAndre YedlinNewcastle United
Yedlin catches Bacuna and the Terriers are up in arms, demanding the referee take action. He does, although it's just a booking for Yedlin.
Yedlin is given plenty of time to pick a cross and aims for Rondon, but his cross instead ends up at the feet of Perez who calls Lossl into action but the Dane is up to thetask and beats away the low shot.
- OffJason PuncheonHuddersfield Town
- OnFlorent HadergjonajHuddersfield Town
Hadergjonaj comes on for Puncheon as Huddersfield re-shuffle now they're down to 10. As if their task wasn't hard enough - and that's a sad way for Puncheon's 400th career start to end.
- Red cardTom SmithHuddersfield Town
RED CARD! Smith vies for a 50-50 with Almiron and somewhat lunges into the tackle. He was off the ground and caught the Newcastle man and referee Kevin Friend rightly sends him on his way.
Rondon smashes a shot into the side-netting after Huddersfield get caught out trying to play out from the back. The visitors look far too easy to get at defensively at the minute.
Dubravka does well to claim a cross under pressure, unlike at Wolves. two weeks ago.
Almiron showed great pace to get away from the Town defence there.
So close for Newcastle - twice! New boy Almiron is set through on goal after a lovely counter-attack and looks to have made the dream start as he dinks the ball over Lossl, but the ball comes back off the post and Rondon then fires the rebound against the same post.
This time Newcastle cross from the right, through Ritchie, and it causes some concern for Huddersfield before Lossl is able to close down Perez and put the ball behind for a corner.
Almiron get on the ball for the first time and finds room to cross from the left, only to see Lossl gather.
The visitors have started well, passing the ball around nicely so far without really do anything with it.
Puncheon gives Depoitre an early ball to chase but he can't beat the Newcastle defence to it.
And we're off.
Less than 10 minutes until kick-off now. Can Newcastle secure a league double over Town for the first time since the 1964/65 season?
Huddersfield still need one point to better Derby County’s worst points tally in Premier League history. They last won here on the second weekend of the 2016/17 season - their only win at Newcastle in the last 65 years.
Some quick maths. Newcastle kick off on 25 points, one clear of the relegation zone, and a win would - for the time being at least - move them to 14th. Huddersfield have just a lowly 11 points and are 14 from safety, so will stay rock-bottom whatever happens.
And the Magpies can take confidence from having won the reverse fixture 1-0 thanks to a Salomon Rondon goal.
The Magpies have a chance to win three Premier League home games in a row for the first time since April last year. Burnley and Everton are their next two opponents at St James' Park after today, so that's a real opportunity to put some distance between themselves and the bottom three.
Results went both teams' way last night, with Cardiff City and Fulham both losing, but the early game hasn't followed suit.
Almiron couldn't wish for better opponents to make his full debut against. Huddersfield have taken just one point from their last 13 games.
Newcastle fans get their wish then as Almiron is unleashed for his first start, presumably playing in behind Salomon Rondon. They'll be hoping his spell at St James' Park is more succesful than that of Michael Owen, the club's previous record signing. How quickly he can adapt to the Premier League, having come from MLS, will be fascinating to see and there is an element of a gamble from Newcastle's point of view, given they are in a relegation battle so need an impact now.
The biggest news from the Huddersfield team is that Laurent Depoitre makes his first start since Boxing Day. Jonas Lossl is well again so it's boost to have him back in the team, Philip Billing is only on the bench and there's no sign of Alex Pritchard.
He does. Rafa Benitez makes just one change to the team that drew with Wolves and that sees the club's new record signing, Miguel Almiron, take the place of Christian Atsu, who is on the bench. The fit-again Ki Sung-yueng joins Atsu there.
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