Newcastle United finally got some points up on the board tonight in front of over 48,000 fans at St. James’ Park when the lads won 4-1 against Reading after the scores were tied at 1-1 at the half.
Three very good second half goals sent the Newcastle fans home very happy tonight and that was a change from the first two games as Rafa is again sorting things out as he did when he first came in last March.
The defense was again a bit shaky at times so that needs to be fixed, but we have a lot more defenders this season.
Dwight Gayle celebrating goal
Issac Hayden after scoring
Isaac Hayden had put Newcastle ahead after 20 minutes with a good goal and it was his first for Newcastle and that was the first time Newcastle had been ahead in a game all season.
And Yoan Gouffran, who was a shock inclusion on the wing Gouffran had an acrobatic effort saved after 31 minutes, as Newcastle piled on the pressure, but Reading defended well.
But then we again went to sleep just before half time and this time it was Ciaran Clark making his debut who gave away a penalty in stoppage time of the first half and it was converted so it was 1-1 at the half.
Rafa couldn’t have been too happy with that.
Again the defense didn’t look as solid as it needs to this season – and that’s now 4 poor goals we have conceded in 3 games.
Matt Ritchie strokes penalty home
Newcastle got a penalty after 50 minutes and this time it was Matt Ritchie who took the ball and made no mistake from the spot to put Newcastle back in front.
Dwight Gayle after scoring sensational goal from free kick
And then it was the Dwight Gayle show as he scored a sensational goal after 69 minutes direct from a free kick and then right at the death it was Dwight again who tapped the ball home for his third goal of the season.
Here it is.
That was Gayle’s 3rd goal in three games – so not too bad so far.
This was a good display from Newcastle especially in the second half when the lads really put on the pressure.
We still have teething problems to sort out though, but this will give the lads the confidence they need for the remaining three games this month before the two week International break.
The result is really just what the doctor ordered – it was a huge relief really that we’re off the mark.
We cannot get too carried away and there is still work to do, but these are more like the results we want to see.
With 3 points from 3 games we are now just 4 points behind the leaders.
Newcastle: Sels; Anita, Mbemba, Clark, Dummett; Ritchie (Aarons, 89), Hayden, Shelvey, Gouffran (Colback, 83); Perez (Lascelles, 75); Gayle.
Subs not used: Darlow, Janmaat, Hanley, Armstrong.
Reading: Al-Habsi, Gunter, Obita, McShane, Van den Berg, Evans (Mendes, 83), Williams, Swift, Beerens (Meite, 79), McCleary, Kermorgant.
Subs not used: Jaakkola, Cooper, Rakels, Quinn, Watson.