Newcastle got back to winning ways on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace and though it was a game of limited quality and few chances, for one player it will live long in the memory.
Miguel Almiron has been with the club for almost a year and after 26 games without a goal he found the back of the net in the last ten minutes to hand the Magpies a late winner.
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The joy was etched across his face and the stadium roof lifted off as fans celebrated with the Paraguayan, with many over the moon that the attacking midfielder has finally got the monkey off his back.
Those feelings were shared by fans on social media too and they have expressed their delight for the 25-year-old, who has finally been rewarded for his hard work and never-say-die attitude.
Great battling and great result lads! Take a bow Miggy, awesome strike! #NEWCRY
— WolverSteve (@WolverSteve) December 21, 2019
Couldn’t be happier for Almiron! That should do him the world of good.
— Alan Coleman (@AlanColeman86) December 21, 2019
Over the moon for Miggy Almiron. By far the best player on the field . Shall we drop him. said the clueless😂😂😂😂😂
— Mal nufc1892 (@malnufc1892) December 21, 2019
What great 3 points today! Delighted for Almiron to bag his first goal for @NUFC !! #NUFC
— Jamie Rowntree (@Jamierowntree1) December 21, 2019
So pleased for Almiron. It’s been a long wait
— David Punton (@DavePunton) December 21, 2019
It must have been a magical feeling for Almiron, who always remained confident in his ability to start delivering goals for the Magpies, as he has done that throughout his career.
Fans were impressed with his overall effort and one believes he has improved under Bruce, and therefore the goal is the icing on the cake for them.
He took the goal really well too, striking the ball on the half volley into the corner of the net, and didn’t look like a player who hasn’t scored for 11 months.
Newcastle are now on a good run of form with one defeat in their last five games, and if Almiron uses this boost to his advantage he could help his team to kick on and try to move up the league.
GET IN!!!! 😎⚽️ More than we’ll deserved Almiron, top assist from @AndyTCarroll , class lads – #santasageordie ⚫️⚪️🎅 pic.twitter.com/BbQh8vswux
— The Hare (@JamesDHare) December 21, 2019
Almiron you beautyyyyyy get in merry Xmas all ⚫️⚪️
— scurf (@scurf9) December 21, 2019
Steve Bruce has got Almiron looking world class. A far better manager than Rafa Benitez #NUFC
— Shivam 🇳🇬🇳🇬 (@ShivamHQ) December 21, 2019
Almiron scoring is the best moment of my 2019
— Claire Mobbs (@Clairemobbsx) December 21, 2019
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