It kind of summed up Newcastle’s defeat, the fact that match winner Glenn Loovens hadn’t scored a goal in almost five years.

The Sheffield Wednesday Captain last scored in April 2012, when Celtic knocked six past Kilmarnock.

With such a rare goalscorer deciding the match, it simply added to 90+ minutes of Newcastle looking largely toothless in attack and clueless in defence.

Glenn Loovens thought both visiting players and fans had played a full part in the victory but did acknowledge that Newcastle face an extra problem this season.

The Sheffield Wednesday defender saying that beating Newcastle ‘makes the win extra special’ and the opposition teams are ‘extra motivated’.

Last night was  certainly one of those matches where those in black and white failed to perform in front of a sell out crowd, whilst the visitors thrived on the rare chance of playing in front of over fifty two thousand supporters.

Glenn Loovens:

“The boys were tremendous, we fought for every ball and created chances too.

“Newcastle is a hard place to come to and they are top of the league as well, so that makes the win extra special, it makes you extra motivated.

“I also have to congratulate our supporters for making the trip on Boxing Day and I am so pleased they are going home with smiles on their faces.

“It’s been a long time coming (scoring a goal) but well worth the wait.

“Their goalkeeper pulled off a great save from Tom Lees and luckily for me, Nando headed it back across and the ball landed right in front of my head.

“I thought ‘this is my moment’ and headed it in. I was a bit unsure what to do when I scored because it doesn’t happen too often!”

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1

Goals – 

Sheffield Wednesday: Loovens 53

Possession was Sheff Wed 36% Newcastle 64%

Total shots were Sheff Wed 13 Newcastle 9

Shots on target were Sheff Wed 5 Newcastle 4

Corners were Sheff Wed 5 Newcastle 11

Newcastle starting 11:

Darlow, Anita, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett, Hayden, Colback (Mitrovic 80), Ritchie, Gouffran (Atsu 62), Diame (Perez 69), Gayle

Unused Subs:

Sels, Mbemba, Yedlin, Lazaar,

Referee: Paul Tierney

Crowd: 52,179

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