Newcastle star Joelinton went from villain to hero after scoring the only goal against Southampton in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.
The 26-year-old had a goal ruled out in the first half for handball and blazed over a golden chance after the break before finally getting on the scoresheet with a tap-in following a brilliant run and cross from Alexander Isak.
It gives Newcastle a 1-0 lead to hold onto when the two sides meet again in their Carabao Cup semi-final next Tuesday at St. James’ Park.
And it is all down to Joelinton, who had himself a rollercoaster of a night before redeeming himself against Saints with his low strike while his missed effort was deemed a ‘terrible miss.’
Reacting to the miss, talkSPORT’s Dean Ashton said on commentary: “Any professional footballer should just side-foot this in.
“He’s in front of goal, he lashes at it and it’s a terrible miss.”
While Newcastle rejoiced, Saints lost their heads when Duje Caleta-Car was sent off for a second yellow for fouling Isak, who had roasted the Croatian with his pace.
It means that Nathan Jones will be without the defender for the second-leg, which already looks a seismic task at St. James’ Park where the Magpies have a fantastic record, going unbeaten this campaign.
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There was a further flashpoint in the first-half when Nick Pope came rushing out to deck Moussa Djenepo, who had to come off as a result, but the England international escaped punishment.
Adam Armstrong, a boyhood Newcastle fan, had an effort ruled out for handball shortly after Joelinton’s strike in the second-half.
It followed the midfielder’s own effort that had been chalked off in a similar way with the ball brushing his arm before he scored.
But while Armstrong protested, Ashton insisted that the striker could have no complaints if Joelinton’s goal was ruled out as well.
He said: “If the first half handball was disallowed then that absolutely has to… it’s hits his arm then his leg.”
And while Southampton will rue their chances at home, it is yet another victory for Eddie Howe’s men, who have now tasted defeat just once in their last 20 matches in all competitions – a shock defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup.