ST JAMES' PARK NOTEBOOK: Tindall's attempt to bask in the spotlight

ST JAMES’ PARK NOTEBOOK: Jason Tindall’s attempt to bask in the spotlight, Villa’s miserable Newcastle record and Callum Wilson’s hot streak continues

  • Alexander Isak vindicated Eddie Howe’s decision to start him by scoring twice 
  • Debutants Sandro Tonali and Harvey Barnes also found the net in the big win
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Newcastle United opened their 2022-23 Premier League campaign with a storming 5-1 thrashing of Aston Villa at St James’ Park. 

Debut goals for Sandro Tonali and Harvey Barnes, as well as an Alexander Isak double and one for Callum Wilson gave fans more than enough to focus their attention on. 

But alongside the hail of goals that came raining down on the Villains in the second-half there were a few subtleties supporters may have missed in their revelry. 

Like the tactical flexibility in the Newcastle dug out. Yes, the dug out. Brought about by this season’s set of new rulings from the Premier League. 

Mail Sport’s Jason Mellor takes a look at some of the things you might have missed on Saturday evening. 

Newcastle opened their Premier League campaign with a statement victory against Aston Villa


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Premier League rulings for the new season restrict more than one coach in the technical area at the same time

No go for Jason 

Jason Tindall just couldn’t help himself. Newcastle’s limelight-loving No 2 is arguably the biggest casualty of the Premier League’s crackdown this season on occupants of technical areas.

The head coach-only rule has denied the 45-year-old his regular trips to whisper sweet nothings into the ear of Eddie Howe, and Graham Scott had his work cut out reminding the healthily-tanned Toon coach to keep his distance during the game.

And when the busy fourth official proved rather lenient in allowing Tindall to encroach, the Villa bench quickly reminded him of the new directive, to a predictably narky response.

Villa’s miserable St James’ Park run 

For Newcastle, the secret to success against Villa is ensuring that they don’t have players sent off for fighting each other.

The 5-1 win extended a run against them stretching back to 2005 — when Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer saw red for coming to blows on the pitch.

Callum Wilson came off the bench to score Newcastle’s fourth goal in a 5-1 win on Saturday

Wilson’s hot in August 

Despite being on the pitch for a little over 20 minutes, Callum Wilson continued his impressive goal streak. In scoring a 12th in his last 13 Premier League games, the Newcastle substitute made it 12 career Premier League goals in August. Since his top-flight debut in 2015, only Raheem Sterling with 15 and Sergio Aguero with 14 have scored more league goals in the campaign’s opening month. 

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