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Bruno Guimaraes came to Newcastle's rescue, scoring an excellent brace Eddie Howe will be wary of comparisons with former Magpies manager Keegan Ivan Toney is yet to repay his debt to Brentford - will the Bees' star man help keep them up as a parting gift? Listen to the It's All Kicking Off podcast 

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Eddie Howe loves Kevin Keegan, but he will not love the comparison to his team of the 1990s.

The Entertainers won hearts and minds but not trophies. That was part of the charm. It was safe to celebrate the bridesmaids.

Last season, no one liked Howe’s side and that was just how he liked it. They were a relentless, belligerent bunch, built on structure and system.

Their identity of late is one of chaos, calmed by moments of inspiration, such as here at the City Ground when Bruno Guimaraes cut through the mayhem to score twice and win his team the game.

But Howe knows that is unsustainable. They are scoring and conceding goals faster than Keegan’s cavalier vintage and the 39 shipped this season is six more than during the entirety of last.

Eddie Howe let out some pent-up emotion on the final whistle as Newcastle beat Forest

Eddie Howe let out some pent-up emotion on the final whistle as Newcastle beat Forest

Kevin Keegan managed Newcastle on two ocassions, starting in 1991 and returning in 2008

Kevin Keegan managed Newcastle on two ocassions, starting in 1991 and returning in 2008

You cannot deny they are fun to watch, even if their coaching staff would disagree. It was telling when Howe celebrated with supporters by taking leave of his usual restrain and punching the air repeatedly. That was relief, a release of emotion at the end of a game they could easily have lost.

It was informative in that the manager did that only once last year, on the final day of the season

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