Newcastle United recorded a much-needed win with an impressive 2-0 win at home to struggling Huddersfield Town.
Second-half goals from Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez sealed the three points in a dominant display.
This all came after Tommy Smith was sent off for the Terriers in the opening stages which led to the hosts controlling the rest of the game.
Rafa Benitez’s side had a slow opening ten minutes where the visitors had most of the possession without creating much.
The game took a turn for the better for the Geordies when new signing Miguel Almiron was too quick for Smith who got dismissed for a wild challenge on the Paraguayan.
United were then frustrated for the first half as they missed countless chances to break the deadlock before the break.
It took less than a minute of the second-half before Rondon gave Newcastle the lead they deserved after firing through Jonas Lossl.
Perez then made sure of the points after more clever build-up led to the second.
Newcastle may be disappointed they only scored two as they hit the woodwork four times and troubled Lossl countless times.
This result moves the Magpies up to 14th in the Premier League table and four points clear of the relegation zone.
Here’s how we rated the Newcastle players:
Martin Dubravka: 7
Didn’t have a lot to do but was commanding in the air when needed.
DeAndre Yedlin: 8
Had a hand in both goals after a clever pass and header back respectively resulted in the 2-0 scoreline.
Fabian Schar: 7
Not troubled defensively but was composed on the ball.
Jamaal Lascelles (C): 7
Made a couple of important clearances early on but not really needed after the sending off.
Florian Lejeune: 8
Proved to be important in starting off attacks with the two wide centre-backs having much of the ball.
Matt Ritchie: 7
Had good delivery all afternoon although it rarely led to anything.
Isaac Hayden: 8
Another improved performance and is becoming undroppable with some incisive passes through the Terriers defence.
Sean Longstaff: 9
A superb ball into Rondon should have resulted in a goal and bossed the midfield. Also nearly scored himself with a brilliant curling effort from the edge of the box hitting the post.
Miguel Almiron: 9
What a way to introduce yourself to the Geordie faithful. An outstanding debut with the record signing at the heart of everything. He was unlucky to see his chip come back off the post, his pace resulted in the Smith red card and created numerous chances for his teammates.
Ayoze Perez: 8
Scored the second and could have had more with a clever finish later on just going wide. Also flicked the ball on for the first goal.
Salomon Rondon: 8
Scored the first with a powerful finish and was another to hit the post when he could have done better. May be disappointed not to have scored more against the bottom clubs 10 men.
Kenedy (sub): 7
Smashed the crossbar after coming on via a brilliant touch from Lossl.
Christian Atsu (sub): N/A
Not on long enough to make an impact.