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 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.
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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.