Eddie Howe reveals new Newcastle United injury concern after stunning win

Eddie Howe’s revealed why he had to take Fabian Schar off against Aston Villa.

The Newcastle United defender was replaced by Jamaal Lascelles late in this afternoon’s 4-0 win at St James’s Park. Callum Wilson netted twice in front of England manager Gareth Southgate, while Miguel Almiron and Joelinton were also on target.

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Newcastle remain fourth in the Premier League after Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to beat Bournemouth 3-2.

“We’re still carrying a few players who have got different bits and pieces,” said United’s head coach. “Fabian was just feeling his hamstring, I hope he’s OK. There’s a number of players today just feeling the effects of the busy period, so hopefully we’ve got nothing too serious.”

Newcastle took control of the game in the second half, with three of their goals coming after the break.

Asked if he was impressed by the whole performance, Howe said: “Not really. First-half was a difficult half for us, because it was stop-start, we couldn’t get any rhythm. Aston Villa are very competitive.

"Teams will come here and try and disrupt us in different ways, and I felt they did. We struggled to build consistent pressure.

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe applauds fans at the final whistle.

"The first goal’s so important in any game – and today we got it, probably from our best move of the half. The second half was totally different, that’s the football and the style that we want to see on a consistent basis here.

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"I stood back and enjoyed the second-half. I thought we were really good.”