There’s A Beautiful Gayle Blowing In Newcastle

Dwight Gayle scored a beautiful goal at Ashton Gate yesterday to secure all  points for Newcastle in what was a critical game for the lads.

What was really pleasing was that apart from the brilliant goal Newcastle also defended extremely well.

It’s not often you hear that from a Newcastle team over the last several years.

dwight gayle scores the winner

Dwight Gayle scoring the winner yesterday

And that was Dwight’s 4th goal in 4 games and there’s a Gayle blowing in Newcastle alright – and long may it continue.

The goal was set up quickly on the counter-attack when Chancel Mbemba intercepted the ball and fed Mohamed Diame on the right wing.

Then some brilliant play from the Senegal International as he moved forward looked up and put over a long flighted ball into the middle of the park and over the heads of the Bristol defenders.

Dwight Gayle ran onto it and controlled the ball with one touch before hitting the ball superbly with his left foot past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

Jamaal Lascelles was brought back and he had a steady game in the heart of the Newcastle defense and he has said Newcastle have been practicing that move a lot in training.

This is what Jamaal said:

“We’ve been working on Dwight running in behind in training, so it was great to see it come off.”

“If he gets in behind defenders he’s really hard to catch. He’s sharp and if he gets a yard he will finish, which he showed.”

“Thankfully he got us that goal, he’s in form and we need to keep him confident and on his game because he’s an unbelievable player.”

“But it was a team performance and everyone did their jobs at both ends of the pitch.”  “If he keeps doing that every week and we keep defending like that, we will be flying.”

“That was a massive game for us to win,” “We knew it was going to be tough, away from home, and it was exactly that from start to finish.”

“But we got an early goal, which we don’t do too often and we defended excellently.” “It just goes to show that we can fight and compete to go with the talent we’ve got.”

Here’s another look at the goal.

Our  defense was on the back foot for most of the game and especially in the second half as the crosses came into the box incessantly.

But i t was nevertheless an excellent defensive performance all around and should stand us in good stead if we can keep defending like that away from home.

It’s nice to have an away win – our first since last December when we won 2-1 at White Hart Lane and as I recall we tore them apart with Perez scoring in stoppage time.


Spurs were the only club we did the double over last season and we really did hammer them 5-1 in that last game.

It was also the first time we’ve had two wins in a row since early December when we beat Liverpool and Tottenham in successive games in early December.

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14 comments so far

  • magscar

    Aug 21, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Trawling back through recent days ( having seen comments re Kets) and have to agree that whilst humour on here is sometimes not to everyone’s tastes the comment directed at Expat post however intended was beyond the pale and deserved the universal condemnation it has received.

    More disturbing is the almost total disregard shown by Kets to the calling out he has quite rightly received.

    I often wonder at his thought processes on his team/players suggestion posting even to the extent thinking he is a WUM and a mackem one at that.

  • ToonMauritius

    Aug 21, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Hi lads,
    May be we should go for Jordan Rhodes. He is surplus at Boro.

  • expatmag

    Aug 21, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #3


    Thank you for your support. Ed replied to my email advising me that he will monitor Ketsbaia.

    I told Ed that wasnt good enough considering the offence and tgat ghe very least I should get is a full public apology from Ketsbaia.

    I await the outcome but specialists may well need to be consulted, if you get my drift.

  • expatmag

    Aug 21, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Toon Mauritius

    I couldnt see Rhodes displacing either Mitrovic or Gayle so he would only be moving from one bench to another. I doubt he would accept that.

  • Spoof

    Aug 21, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Well I did have Gayle to be player of the season with 32 goals scored, from what we have seen so far I may not be far off the mark, he is a good striker and a good goal scorer, he always has been but sadly for him when at Palace he had, Warnock, Pulis and Pardew as his manager, not disrespecting any of those managers but they all prefer a big target man rather than a pacy striker with movement, Rafa prefers the pacy striker with movement and as a result I did expect Gayle to do very well for us, fingers crossed he keeps it up for the whole of this season and for more seasons to follow.

  • Wayayman

    Aug 21, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #6

    That was vile from that lad. He’s some sicko, and a total fantasist too.

    Shame theres no way of us ‘ignoring’ posts from certain users that give us the hump. I cant think where I was on that allowed you to just hit the ignore button and voila, you’d never see posts from that person again. Made for a much easier read and it meant that you’d never see the personal vendettas again which would be sweet relief.

  • expatmag

    Aug 21, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Ipswich really taking it to Norwich.

  • NUFCPaul

    Aug 21, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #8

    expatmag – that’s a disappointing response from Ed. It’s clear from the responses on the blog that we were disgusted with what he said and I think it warranted much stronger action than merely being ‘monitored’. What does the guy have to say to get banned if that awful comment wasn’t enough? I’m not impressed at all.

  • ToonMauritius

    Aug 21, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Yes . But he has a good goal record in the championship.

  • magscar

    Aug 21, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #10


    Not sure whether Ed doesn’t like to impose a total ban (limited or otherwise) for practical reasons. There has been much previous discussion on here re multiples and ease of using VPN to disguise addresses so perhaps montitoring his posts will not only delay him but put him off posting? Here’s hoping.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 21, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #11


    I once worked with a couple of blokes: one supported Ipswich, the other Norwich. The rivalry was as intense as NUFC vs Sunderland!

  • NUFCPaul

    Aug 21, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #12

    And the fact that Kets just popped up after we mentioned him is just him rubbing it in our faces that he’s still about. Poor moderation that sends out the message you can say whatever the hell you want to say and only get a slap on the wrist. Kets must be laughing his head off right now.

    Won’t hold my breath waiting to see if he posts a genuine apology to you.

  • expatmag

    Aug 21, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #13

    TOON Mauritius

    Yes. I know he has but would you drop Gayle or Mitrovic for him? I wouldnt.

    Do you think he would swap bench time and possible playing time in the PL for bench time in the championship? I wouldnt.

    I doubt very much he would either us he is not worth the 11 million quid Middlesbrough would want for him.

  • Yo-yo

    Aug 21, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #14

    On Sels

    I think Rafa will rotate him with our other keepers, but he is getting Sels up to speed just now by actually playing him in competitive games and not just training.
    Our other choices are all well capable of playing and covering and his thinking is almost certainly of building the guy’s experience in an English League.

    If he’s working long term on him being No1 choice when Krul goes, then he needs him to be comfortable with 2 or 3 backlines as Rafa rotates the side. Maybe being the best in Belgium wasn’t much of a plus – but the national side is still rated 2nd in the world, so there must be quality somewhere in the country.

    I’m sure some decent coaching will improve him – we are not used to keepers punching out so often though Schmeichel was superb at it at Manure.

    Basically there’s a lot of second guessing Rafa on here – he isn’t the simpleton tactically that we’ve had in the past, and he is a good man manager. He won’t always get it right – but surely much much more often than we’ve had in the last few seasons.


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