NEW HOPE :Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 0: Trippier scores again as Toon win THIRD straight game in huge boost to Prem survival hopes

NEW HOPE :Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 0: Trippier scores again as Toon win THIRD straight game in huge boost to Prem survival hopes

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,13TH FEB,2022-KIERAN TRIPPIER’S second free-kick in as many games handed red-hot Newcastle a third straight win for the first time since November 2018

After his beauty saw off Everton on Tuesday, Trippier smashed home past Emi Martinez 35 minutes in.

Newcastle right-back Kieran Trippier broke the deadlock from a free-kick in the 35th minute

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Newcastle right-back Kieran Trippier broke the deadlock from a free-kick in the 35th minuteCredit: Reuters

Trippier wheeled away in delight after scoring his second Magpies goal since joining from Atletico Madrid

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Trippier wheeled away in delight after scoring his second Magpies goal since joining from Atletico MadridCredit: PA

In just his fourth game since arriving from Atletico Madrid in January, the England star already has the joint most direct free-kick goals this season, alongside Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse.

Toon are now four points clear off safety following their third successive victory.

Zonjo Shelvey got the ball rolling at Leeds with his own set-piece strike, meaning the Magpies are the first side to score a free-kick in three Prem games since Liverpool back in 2013.

Having won just one of their first 20 games, Toon are now on a roll with back-to-back home victories for the first time since November 2018.

They were five points off safety when Eddie Howe arrived in November to replace Steve Bruce.

It took him five games to record his first win, but the flying Magpies are now just eight points off the top half.

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