Newcastle manager Eddie Howe expressed his satisfaction at the triumphant return of Harvey Barnes, who came off the bench and played a key role in securing a thrilling 4-4 draw against Luton for the Magpies.
Newcastle’s Harvey Barnes, sidelined since September 24 due to a toe injury, was substituted in the 63rd minute with Newcastle trailing 4-2 to Luton. Despite previously leading 1-0 and 2-1, Barnes’ contribution, including a goal 10 minutes after his introduction, helped secure a shared outcome in the match.
Asked about his £38million summer signing, head coach Howe said: “That’s what Harvey does, that’s why we brought him to the football club.
“He is a goalscorer. His record last year at Leicester was incredible and we hoped, of course, that he would come here and bring goals to us.
“Unfortunately, he’s missed such a big part of the season and it’s huge to get him back I thought it was an incredible finish off his wrong foot, a really, really good goal and I think he had another chance late on as well, so I was really pleased with his impact.”
Howe brought ‘goalscorer’ Barnes to Newcastle to bolster their attack
In a classic dramatic Premier League draw, Sean Longstaff scored twice to give Newcastle the lead, but goals from Gabriel Osho and Ross Barkley, who delivered an outstanding individual performance, equalized before halftime.
A twice-taken penalty by Carlton Morris allowed the visitors to take their first lead, and Elijah Adebayo extended it to 4-2 in the 62nd minute, seemingly on track for another impressive victory following their 4-0 success against Brighton midweek.
However, Kieran Trippier’s volley narrowed the gap for Newcastle, and Harvey Barnes’ goal set the stage for a thrilling conclusion, with Jacob Murphy and Chiedozie Ogbene having opportunities to secure victory for their respective teams.
Howe, who lost Anthony Gordon to an ankle injury, said: “With the way we started, I thought this could be a really memorable game for us. But credit to Luton, they responded really well and made it difficult for us.
“It was a really open game, with two teams going right at each other. It was probably a great game for the neutral, but not so much if you’re associated to us because there was a huge determination to win, and we’re disappointed not to.”