Newcastle United continued their quest for UEFA Champions League qualification with a hard-fought 2-1 comeback win over Brentford, extending their Premier League winning streak to five matches. The Bees, boasting one of the best home records this season, provided a stern challenge for the Magpies.
In an action-packed first half, Brentford captain Pontus Jansson saw his header cleared off the line by Nick Pope and Ivan Toney had a goal disallowed for offside after a lengthy VAR review. Despite Jansson’s injury, Brentford took the lead just before halftime when Toney converted a penalty after Rico Henry was fouled by Alexander Isak.
After a disappointing opening 45 minutes, Newcastle responded with a strong second-half performance. Joelinton equalized with a tight-angle shot that deflected off David Raya, and Alexander Isak completed the comeback with a stunning first-time effort, assisted by Callum Wilson. Wilson had a goal disallowed for handball, but Newcastle held on to secure the three points to maintain their third-place position in the league.
The result is a significant setback for Brentford, who remain in ninth place despite their impressive home record. Newcastle, meanwhile, continue to push for their first UEFA Champions League campaign since 2002-03, with their five-match winning streak propelling them into contention for a top-four finish.
Newcastle’s Joelinton was named Man of the Match for his crucial role in the Magpies’ comeback victory.