JOELINTON scored just his second Premier League goal as Newcastle dented 10-man Sheffield United’s charge for Europe with a 3-0 win on their return to action.

The £40m Brazilian striker, who was guilty of a glaring first-half miss, redeemed himself 12 minutes from time to wrap up what proved to be a comprehensive victory at St James’ Park.

Allan Saint-Maximin opened the scoring after 55 minutes after Blades defender John Egan had been sent off for a second bookable offence, and Matt Ritchie made it 2-0 with a sumptuous strike 14 minutes later. But it was Joelinton who rounded things off to complete a double over the Blades.

The visitors, perhaps understandably with a game already under their belt, started the sharper.

Ritchie warmed Dean Henderson's hands with a 14th-minute piledriver from distance as the Magpies grew into the game, but Joelinton squandered a golden opportunity three minutes later when he scuffed his shot with just the keeper to beat.

Egan has to throw himself into the path of Jonjo Shelvey's stinging 20th-minute strike and although Billy Sharp volleyed over at the other end, the home side continued to enjoy the better of it. The Blades restored a measure of control with Oliver Norwood prominent in the middle of the field as the half ran down without ever genuinely threatening Martin Dubravka's goal.

The Magpies eventually took the lead with 55 minutes gone when Ritchie found space down the left and drilled in a low cross which defender Enda Stevens should have cleared. But he missed the ball, allowing Saint-Maximin to beat Henderson at his near post.

Ritchie took advantage with 20 minutes remaining to unleash a rising drive which screamed past the keeper, before Joelinton wrapped up the win.