2020-21 English Premier League
  • Joe Willock (45'+4')

Willock scores again to earn Newcastle win over Sheffield United

Joe Willock scored in his sixth consecutive Premier League game to give Newcastle United a 1-0 win over relegated Sheffield United in front of 10,000 spectators at St James' Park on Wednesday.

Willock, 21, became the youngest player to achieve the feat as Newcastle moved provisionally up to 15th in the standings after their final home game of the season.

The Arsenal loanee scored in first-half stoppage time when he made a run into the box and leapt to head home Jacob Murphy's cross, prompting Newcastle fans to chant "Joe Willock, we want you to stay" after the game.

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"I'm not sure [about my future]. I need to have a conversation and see what the best move for me is," Willock told the BBC.

"I have made friends for life and made a really big connection with the fans. It is one of my options and I am going to consider it."

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said keeping Willock at the club was a difficult decision.

"We have to respect he's Arsenal's player," Bruce said. "If we can, we'd love to bring him here... he's exactly what we needed."

Jonjo Shelvey also came close to scoring in the first half for Newcastle with a powerful header from point-blank range. only for his effort produce a fine reaction save from goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

The visitors rarely tested Martin Dubravka in Newcastle's goal, with David McGoldrick spurning a golden early opportunity when he fired wide after a counter-attack and he hit the crossbar in the second half.

There was concern for Newcastle, though, as Willock, Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin were substituted with injuries in the second half.

Sheffield United's 29th loss of the season, equalling the record shared by Derby County (2007-08), Sunderland (2005-06) and Ipswich Town (1994-95), consigned them to finishing bottom of the standings with one game left.

Newcastle play relegated Fulham away on Sunday while the Blades host Burnley.

English Premier League Standings

1 Arsenal 14 +22 37
2 Manchester City 14 +26 32
3 Newcastle United 15 +18 30
4 Tottenham Hotspur 15 +10 29
5 Manchester United 14 0 26
6 Liverpool 14 +11 22
7 Brighton & Hove Albion 14 +4 21
8 Chelsea 14 0 21
9 Fulham 15 -2 19
10 Brentford 15 -2 19
11 Crystal Palace 14 -3 19
12 Aston Villa 15 -6 18
13 Leicester City 15 0 17
14 AFC Bournemouth 15 -14 16
15 Leeds United 14 -4 15
16 West Ham United 15 -5 14
17 Everton 15 -6 14
18 Nottingham Forest 15 -19 13
19 Southampton 15 -14 12
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 -16 10