A Newcastle eleven beat Gateshead 3-1 tonight at the International Stadium.
And it was two goals from the impressive Sammy Ameobi that allowed Newcastle to overcome a 1-0 deficit and win the game 3-1.
Kyle Nix put Gateshead ahead from a penalty early in the game, but a goal in each half by Sammy Ameobi was enough to give the visitors the victory.
Alan Pardew had judged this game to be important enough to pick the side, and of course be at the game, and first teamers Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Alan Smith and Ryan Taylor all started the game.
Newcastle were slow off the mark, as they were at Leeds last Sunday, and Gateshead should have gone ahead after only 4 minutes but Kyle Nix missed a good opportunity, when he hit the ball over the bar when it looked far easier to score.
And then Yemi Odubade hit the bar just two minutes later from a direct free kick from 20 yards out, but then Gateshead went ahead after 9 minutes,
Odubade was taken down in the penalty area by Richardson and Tavernier, and Nix easily beat goalkeeper Steve Harper from the penalty spot.
Newcastle were level within a minute and it was Michael Richardson down the right wing, who got in a decent cross, and Sammy Ameobi headed home at the far post.
Newcastle went further ahead after 39 minutes, as Sammy Ameobi his the ball hard across the goal and centre-back James Curtis’ put the ball past his own goalkeeper.
Gateshead goalkeeper Farman then saved well from a Ryan Taylor free kick and then then he saved well again from the man Ameobi again.
Just before half time Nathan Fisher’s fine effort from 20 yards beat Harper, but came back off the upright, and it was 2-1 at the half to the visitors.
Ryan Taylor after the break sent a free kick just wide of the upright, and then Haris Vuckic had a good effort again saved by Farman.
Then after 60 minutes Newcastle went 3-1 up from a Ryan Taylor corner, that was headed goal-wards by big Nile Ranger, and young Ameobi was onto the rebound in a flash, and had his second goal of the evening.
Newcastle then got well on top and could have won by more than the two goals as Vuckic again went close but the ball rebounded off the post.
It was a good victory by Newcastle, and certainly Alan Pardew, after the challenges of the last couple of days, seemed pleased enough.
Gateshead (4-3-3): Paul Farman; Eddie Odhiambo (Craig Baxter 77), James Curtis, Ben Clark (c), Chris Carruthers; Kyle Nix (Micky Cummins 46), Kris Gate, Phil Turnbull: Yemi Odubade, Nathan Fisher (Josh Gillies 73), Chris Moore
Subs not used: Tim Deasy, Ewan Moyes, Rob Briggs, Martin Brittain, Gary Mulligan
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Steve Harper (c); Michael Richardson, James Tavernier, Mike Williamson (Yven Moyo 62), Paul Dummett; Alan Smith (Greg McDermott 78), Mehdi Abeid; Ryan Taylor (Ryan Donaldson 78), Haris Vuckic (Phil Airey 88), Sammy Ameobi; Nile Ranger
Subs not used: Ole Soderberg, Patrick Nzuzi, Brad Inman, Joan Edmundsson
Referee: Seb Stocksbridge (Dunston)