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Goals from Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez gave Newcastle a comfortable 2-0 win over rock-bottom Huddersfield in the Premier League at St James' Park. Having had Tommy Smith sent off for a unsafe tackle on Almiron after 20 minutes, the visitors were on the back foot for the majority of the game.

This leaves Sean Dyche's team one place and two points above Newcastle with both sides' relegation fears being eased in recent weeks.

Newcastle doubled their advantage six minutes later, Perez firing in this time after Yedlin had been afforded the freedom of the Terriers penalty area to head Almiron's looping cross towards his team-mate.

"He's very dynamic and he has good movement behind the defenders and between the lines". Creativity and drive on the ball is what Newcastle have been most lacking, and while there are bigger tests to come than a home game versus Huddersfield, this display was encouraging and suggests Almiron can make Newcastle a much better team to watch.

Over that eight-game period, only the two Manchester clubs have won more points. So close for Newcastle - twice!

Schär nearly broke the post with that rocket of a shot.

Rondon was denied by the brilliant Lossl and Huddersfield's task was made harder when Smith rightly saw red for a rash diving tackle on Almiron. He was off the ground and caught the Newcastle man and referee Kevin Friend rightly sends him on his way. He was one of those rare Geordies recruited by Burnley during the 1960s and 1970s who had actually played for United, joining a club that was well-served by Jack Hixon, their North-East scout.

Manquillo comes in at right-back for DeAndre Yedlin, who drops down to the bench. A deep cross picks out Kenedy and he unleashes a ferocious outside-of-the-boot volley that Lossl somehow tips onto the bar.

Lossl sprung to his right to keep out a low Almiron strike, but nearly gifted him a goal as a tame effort squirmed under the goalkeeper and had to be cleared by Chris Lowe.