Kieran Trippier scored an incredible free kick to put Newcastle 3-1 up vs Manchester City, but it very nearly didn’t happen.
The 31-year-old scored his third goal since joining the Magpies, and his third strike from a dead ball. He’s proven his credentials as a set piece specialist since moving to St James’ Park, and his goal against City was his best yet.
The free kick was fairly central, and Trippier found a way to fire it past Ederson’s favoured side. It provided an incredible release of emotion inside the stadium, as fans genuinely started to believe we could beat the champions.
That sadly didn’t happen, with Pep Guardiola’s side fighting back to make it 3-3.
But it was an incredible performance from Newcastle and a wonderful goal by Trippier. However, it wouldn’t have happened if Fabian Schar had got his way.
Trippier on his free kick vs Man City
After the game, Trippier spoke to NUFC TV. Unsurprisingly, he was asked about his incredible goal to put Newcastle 3-1 up.
“Fabian wanted it and you can ask him yourself I said to him ‘no, I’m going to score this one’, that’s a true story,” he said.
“I’m delighted I could help the team and that was a crucial moment to go two goals up. But they have shown their quality.”
Trippier then went on to add: “If Fabby feels confident he’s more than welcome to take them. I think the next one I’ll take and if I don’t hit the target or hit the wall then Fabby can take the next one.”
No way Trippier should be giving up set pieces
Trippier absolutely made the right decision in saying ‘no’ to the 30-year-old. While the Swiss centre-back can also strike a ball, there’s no way our stand-in skipper shouldn’t be taking free-kicks. This is a man who scored a free kick for England in a World Cup semi-final.
The Three Lions international pulled rank on Sunday, and his decision was vindicated. It was a spectacular strike – his best in a Newcastle shirt.
It’s getting to the point now that a free kick in an area like that is as good as a penalty when Trippier is on the pitch. His set piece ability is such a valuable weapon, and makes him even more vital to Eddie Howe’s team.
Fair play to Schar for wanting to take it. He was brave to even ask the question. But Trippier backed his ability, told Schar he was going to score and then did exactly that.
It’s the £12million man’s first goal this season, and hopefully we see a few more soon. What a goal.