Fans baffled after Newcastle make SIX substitutions in crushing win over Aston Villa.. one more than the legal limit

FOOTBALL fans have been left baffled after Newcastle made SIX substitutions during their win over Aston Villa.

The Toon thrashed the Villans 4-0 at St James’ Park, their third win on the bounce, as they kept up the pace with the top four.


Miguel Almiron is substituted for Allan Saint-Maximin in the final stagesCredit: Getty

But eager supporters were left confused after Eddie Howe made his fifth AND sixth substitutions in the later stages of the second half – with a trio of double changes from the 71st minute.

Joe Willock and Sven Botman were the first to be taken off in the 71st minute for Jacob Murphy and Matt Targett.

Then it was the turn of Jonjo Shelvey and Jamaal Lascelles to provide fresh legs for the departing Bruno Guimaraes and Fabian Schar.

Finally, with 86 minutes on the clock, Miguel Almiron made way for Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson was replaced by Chris Wood.

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One fan wrote: “I swear Newcastle just made 6 subs.”

While another asked: “How come Newcastle made 6 subs against Aston Villa? Can @premierleague tell us when did the rules change???”

However, there is a simple reason why Newcastle were granted permission to make six substitutions.

In the first half, Aston Villa keeper Emi Martinez had the misfortune of suffering a head injury and had to leave the field for No2 Robin Olsen.


Premier League rules state that if the opposition make a concussion sub, you are then granted a free substitution yourself.

That gave Newcastle carte blanche to go over the allotted five changes teams are usually allowed to make.

By making six substitutions, Newcastle made Premier League history as the first team to take advantage of that rule.

Two goals from Callum Wilson, Joelinton, and Miguel Almiron saw Newcastle slaughter a desperate Aston Villa side.

The Toon are sitting in fourth spot, three points above Chelsea and just five points off Manchester City who are top.

Emi Martinez went off as a concussion sub, which allowed Newcastle to make an extra change


Emi Martinez went off as a concussion sub, which allowed Newcastle to make an extra changeCredit: EPA

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