4,988 games: Sheffield United's 8-0 drubbing at hands of Newcastle their worst defeat since 1933 as Blades' dismal start continues

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  • Sheffield United beaten 8-0 by Newcastle
  • Worst defeat since 1933
  • Magpies set new record with eight different scorers

WHAT HAPPENED? The Magpies were unstoppable as they put the Blades to the sword in a Premier League fixture at Bramall Lane on Sunday evening. The result marked the first time in close to a century that the Blades had shipped eight goals in a league match; the last time they did so was a 10-3 loss to Middlesbrough in November 1933, 90 years ago.

Moreover, this was their largest-ever defeat in league history in what was their 4,988th game.

Manager Paul Heckingbottom told reporters after the dismal defeat: "It's the nature of the performance that we're upset about... We can't afford to put ourselves behind in that fashion if we want to compete.

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"It's the second half that I'm upset with. Regardless of the errors which led to goals, we need to make sure we learn from that. A lot of things I saw in the second half, I've never seen here."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Newcastle had eight different scorers in the match, which is a competition record, as they climbed to the eighth spot in the league standings. Despite playing in midweek in the Champions League, there were no tired legs and they raced to a 3-0 lead at half-time. In the second half, they added five more goals to rub salt into the Blades' wounds; they have yet to win a game this season.


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WHAT NEXT? Heckingbottom has got almost a week to prepare and make amends for their mistakes before they travel to London to take on West Ham next Saturday.