‘Gutted’ - Newcastle United co-owner provides verdict on 4-0 win over Crystal Palace

 Jacob Murphy of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring the team's first goal with teammate Anthony Gordon during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James Park on October 21, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) Jacob Murphy of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring the team's first goal with teammate Anthony Gordon during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James Park on October 21, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Jacob Murphy of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring the team's first goal with teammate Anthony Gordon during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James Park on October 21, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Mehrdad Ghodoussi watched Newcastle United’s 4-0 win aginst Crystal Palace from Saudi Arabia.

Newcastle United picked up where they left off after the international break with a 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace at St James’ Park.

Seven games unbeaten routinely stretched to eight as goals from Jacob Murphy, Anthony Gordon, Sean Longstaff and Callum Wilson saw the Magpies move up to fifth in the Premier League table, four behind the top four.

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Murphy, making just his second start of the 2023-24 campaign, got United up-and-running in the fourth minute when his cross-cum-shot looped over Sam Johnstone in the Palace goal.

 Jacob Murphy of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring the team's first goal with teammate Anthony Gordon during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James Park on October 21, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) Jacob Murphy of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring the team's first goal with teammate Anthony Gordon during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James Park on October 21, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Jacob Murphy of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring the team's first goal with teammate Anthony Gordon during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James Park on October 21, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) | Getty Images

In truth, Eddie Howe’s side looked firmly in control from then on and goals from Gordon and Longstaff had the result wrapped up by half-time before Callum Wilson’s 66th-minute strike added to an emphatic win.

And they did it without co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi in the stands. Ghodoussi watched on from Saudi Arabia and he revealed he was “gutted” to miss the game when delivering his post-match verdict on social media.

“Gutted I wasn’t there to watch the game, but what a result. So proud of the boys, what a performance,” he tweeted.

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Indeed, Ghodoussi’s post provoked a bit of banter among the co-owners with Jamie Reuben sending a quirky reply.

“Brilliant performance and atmosphere - and didn’t even have to have my ear chewed off by you for 90 mins- great day all around,” joked Reuben.

Both co-owners will be in attendance when Newcastle return to Champions League action against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday evening.

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