Joe Willock scored for the sixth consecutive Premier League game as Newcastle beat Sheffield United 1-0 on the night that fans returned to St James’ Park.
In front of a crowd of 10,000 on Tyneside, the 21-year-old headed Steve Bruce’s side ahead in first-half stoppage time and that proved enough for the win as there was no way back for the Blades.
The result confirms that Sheffield United will finish bottom of the Premier League this season, while the three points lift Newcastle back above Brighton and up to 15th in the table.
Newcastle started brightly, responding to the urgings of the crowd, with Miguel Almiron soon testing Aaron Ramsdale and palpable excitement whenever the ball was at Allan Saint-Maximin’s feet.
But it was Sheffield United with the first clear opening of the game and David McGoldrick, relatively impressive for the bottom club this season, who should have found the breakthrough.
Instead, when the experienced Republic of Ireland international forward ran clear of the Newcastle defence he could only measure his side-footed finish just the wrong side of the far post.
It looked to have proven costly when Jonjo Shelvey headed the ball goalwards from close range on 27 minutes but Blades goalkeeper Ramsdale produced a stunning save to deny him.