Eddie Howe hailed Miguel Almiron as a player capable of “magical things” after twice playing in Newcastle’s comfortable 4-1 10-man win over Fulham.
The Magpies stormed to an impressive win, heavily helped by an eighth-minute red card for Fulham’s Nathaniel Chalobah.
Callum Wilson used his team almost immediately after being sent off to put them ahead before Almiron scored his first goal of the afternoon with a stunning volley from the edge of the box.
Sean Longstaff added a third just before half-time, while Almiron struck his second – and Newcastle’s fourth – in the 57th minute.
Bobby De Cordova-Reid headed in a late consolation goal for Fulham but Newcastle rarely had to change gears en route to a dominant win.
Howe was full of praise for Paraguayan winger Almiron after his performance at Craven Cottage and believes he has scored similar goals to his first volley.
“I saw it. Crystal Palace last year, the goal he scored that day was an individual goal and had similar parts to today’s goal,” said the Newcastle manager.
“He’s capable of magical things and for me that was a magical goal.
“Bruno (Guimaraes) was involved again and they understand them really well.
“I’m happy for Miggy, he’s such an infectious character, his work really embodies our play so it was great to see.”
Chalobah’s red card arguably changed the course of play and referee Darren England initially awarded a yellow card before VAR intervened, with the official consulting the pitchside monitor before changing his decision.
Asked about the red card, Howe said: “It’s difficult, I haven’t seen it again, my initial feeling was high and I think whenever there’s height and violence, I think the player’s safety is at risk .
“I thought Sean was lucky he got up from that one without seeing it again so I could be corrected but the referee probably had a similar view and gave the red card.”
However, Fulham manager Marco Silva criticized VAR’s lack of consistency and believes the initial yellow could have been sustained.
“At that moment it was a tough duel from Nathaniel,” said Silva. “The referee clearly gave him a yellow card, he told me.
“Of course everything changed completely after the decision by Mike Dean (VAR official).
“So a long time to make a decision like that and advise the referee [to change his mind] for me is strange. Of course it was a tough duel, but I’m 100 percent sure that I didn’t see any consistency in such situations.
“I’m 100 per cent sure we’re going to see more tackles like this over the next few weeks and there will be a yellow card.
“It’s difficult for us to understand because we don’t see any consistency in decisions like this.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/eddie-howe-miguel-almiron-paraguay-fulham-marco-silva-b2190507.html Miguel Almiron can ‘do magical things’, says Newcastle manager Eddie Howe