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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Salomón Rondón (46')
  • Ayoze Pérez (52')
  • Tommy Smith (20')

Newcastle send 10-man Huddersfield plunging closer to relegation

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Newcastle 2-0 Huddersfield: Almiron impactful in first start (1:20)

Miguel Almiron made an impact in his first Premier League start despite not scoring or assisting either of Newcastle's goals in a win over Huddersfield. (1:20)

Newcastle United's 2-0 win over 10-man Huddersfield Town on Saturday eased their Premier League safety fears and sent the Terriers hurtling ever faster toward relegation to the Championship.

The top-flight's basement club looked lost again as soon as captain Tommy Smith was given a 20th-minute red card and second-half goals from Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez sent them spinning to a 13th defeat in their last 14 league matches.

A fourth straight league loss for Huddersfield's new manager Jan Siewert left them stranded six points behind Fulham and 14 adrift of 17th-placed Cardiff City as Newcastle, with a third straight home win under Rafa Benitez, moved up to 14th.

Miguel Almiron, making his first start for Newcastle after his club record 20 million-pound ($26.1 million) move from Atlanta United, received a standing ovation at St James' Park when he came off after tormenting Huddersfield's defence for 80 minutes.

After chipping over Jonas Lossl and hitting the post, only for Rondon to strike the same upright moments later, the livewire Paraguayan was brought down by Smith's lunging, over-the-top challenge which earned him a straight red card.

Only their finishing -- they hit the woodwork four times and were denied by brilliant saves from Lossl -- let them down as Newcastle dominated.

A minute after the break, Rondon broke the deadlock with a low strike before laying on the 52nd-minute clincher from Spaniard Perez.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 31 +52 76
2 Manchester City 30 +58 74
3 Tottenham Hotspur 30 +25 61
4 Arsenal 30 +24 60
5 Manchester United 30 +18 58
6 Chelsea 30 +17 57
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 +2 44
8 Watford 30 -2 43
9 West Ham United 31 -5 42
10 Leicester City 31 -3 41
11 Everton 31 +1 40
12 AFC Bournemouth 31 -13 38
13 Newcastle United 31 -9 35
14 Crystal Palace 30 -5 33
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 29 -10 33
16 Southampton 30 -16 30
17 Burnley 31 -24 30
18 Cardiff City 30 -30 28
19 Fulham 31 -41 17
20 Huddersfield Town 31 -39 14