Newcastle United were on fire in their first Premier League match of the season, thrashing visiting Aston Villa 5-1 at St James’ Park on Saturday evening.
Newcastle came out firing from the early stages, and new signing Sandro Tonali made their dominance count when he converted Anthony Gordon’s cross in the sixth minute.
Moussa Diaby cancelled out the goal within five minutes, controlling a half-volley with his weaker foot after Ollie Watkins’ flick-on.
Alexander Isak regained the lead for the Magpies as he slid home Sven Botman’s cut-back across the box.
The Swede then chipped Emiliano Martinez for his second to give Newcastle a two-goal cushion after Ezri Konsa’s error in his penalty box.
Callum Wilson added a fourth following a slick passing move, and Harvey Barnes raced clear to score on his competitive debut, ensuring the Magpies followed up their superb 2022-23 campaign with an ideal start.