What a difference a goal makes.

Before the Rochdale replay, Joelinton was a despondent figure up top. The fans were on his back, and it looked like he couldn’t do anything right.

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But that goal in the FA Cup has clearly given him a lift. While he didn’t score, the Brazilian was excellent against Chelsea. He very nearly did, crashing a header off the bar in the first half.

It was his work ethic and desire that really caught the eye though. He was hungry against Chelsea. He battled and scrapped for every ball. There were hints that he could be the target man we need.

While Isaac Hayden stole the headlines, it was Joelinton’s hard work late on that won the corner which led to the goal.

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The fans stuck with Joelinton all evening. His efforts were clearly acknowledged by the St James’ Park faithful, who have been frustrated with him in the past.

With no other striker on the bench, Steve Bruce had to stick with Joelinton against Chelsea. But to be honest, would he have taken him off anyway?

Against lesser opposition he might have got more chances, and you’d have backed him to take one.

It seems like that FA Cup goal has given Joelinton a new lease of life, and long may it continue.

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