Newcastle finished off the Sheffield double in impressive fashion by matching their largest victory in Premier League history against Sheffield United, whose trying week came to a humiliating 8-0 defeat.
The Blades had a discouraging afternoon on the field at Bramall Lane. Prior to the game, they paid respect to women’s player Maddy Cusack, who passed away this week at the age of just 27.
In 1999, under Sir Bobby Robson, the Magpies scored eight goals against Sheffield Wednesday. On Sunday, they accomplished the same for their local rivals, scoring goals from Sean Longstaff, Dan Burn, Sven Botman, Callum Wilson, Anthony Gordon, Miguel Almiron, Bruno Guimaraes, and Alexander Isak.
Any questions about how Newcastle would cope with juggling the demands of the Premier League and Champions League were answered emphatically in a vibrant display that asserted themselves as top-six contenders again following a slow start to the campaign.
The result will add extra pain to the Blades, who were already suffering from the events of this week, and it was their heaviest league defeat in history.
They were within minutes of beating Tottenham last week until succumbing to the latest Premier League comeback in history, but on this evidence, they are heading straight back to the Championship.