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Saturday 25 January 2020

Shelvey is sharpest as Blades are blunt

Sheffield Utd 0  Newcastle Utd 2

Jonjo Shelvey celebrates the Magpies second goal
Jonjo Shelvey celebrates the Magpies second goal

Sheffield United's seven-match unbeaten run in the Premier League came to a shuddering halt as Newcastle benefited from one of the season's more bizarre VAR decisions to win 2-0 at Bramall Lane.

The Magpies were already leading courtesy of Allan Saint-Maximin's early header, before some intelligent play from Jonjo Shelvey saw the visitors double their lead midway through the second half.

Paul Dummett's long ball forward was flicked on by Andy Carroll and Shelvey found himself clean through on goal after making a run from deep.

The Blades defenders totally stopped playing, believing the Newcastle midfielder to be offside, while goalkeeper Dean Henderson made no attempt to save the ball as Shelvey fired into the back of the net, knowing the goal would be checked.

It was a very tight decision but Carroll was inches onside and the goal stood to give the Magpies a vital victory.

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