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Sheffield fail to leapfrog United after Newcastle thumping

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Sheffield United blew the chance to pass Manchester United and take fifth place in the Premier League after a second-half thumping from Newcastle United.

Three second-half goals from Newcastle United saw Steve Bruce’s black and white army move 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

It also saw the  Blades blow the chance to overtake United and Wolves in the hunt for Champions League football next season.

While the visiting Sheffield may have dominated possession, it was the Jordie’s who were more effective with the ball.

It was all even at the break in a fairly balanced affair. But a second yellow card meant Egan saw red for the visitors and the tied turned in Newcastle’s favor.

It was only five minutes after Chris Wider’s side were reduced to ten men that the Magpies took advantage.

A 55th-minute goal from Allan Saint-Maimin who capitalized on a disastrous error from Enda Stevens.

It was only 13 minutes later and the lead was doubled. Yet more sloppy defending. This time Matt Ritchie, who was the provider for the first got a banger for himself.

The thumping was over in the 78th minute when Joelinton got a goal.

It was the 40 million pound man’s first goal Premier League goal at St. James’ Park, and sadly no fan was there to cheer him on.

Newcastle is up to 12th and Sheffield is rooted to seventh.

The big question now, will Steve Bruce still be in charge at St. James’ Park next season, no matter how well he finishes this year?