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Newcastle Win With 2 Goals In Last 2 Minutes Of Stoppage Time

10:28 pm, Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

Dwight Gayle hit a magnificent hat-trick for Newcastle tonight as we scored twice in second-half stoppage time after being 3-1 down to Norwich after 69 minutes and in fact 3-2 down after 94 minutes to win this absolutely crucial game for Newcastle.

It makes the last minute equalizer by Aston Villa on Saturday easier to take when we lost those  2 points – but somehow tonight we gained 3 points in the last two minutes of stoppage time.




Dwight Gayle – YES – scored his third and Newcastle’s winner

Newcastle started the game well and were dominating as we were last Saturday at Villa park and before we took the lead we could have scored with Matt Ritchie hitting the crossbar after 21 minutes.

In fact we had three opportunities to score in quick succession, but we again couldn’t convert – shades of Saturday.

After 24 minutes gone Dwight Gayle finally got us ahead in the game and Matt Ritchie was the provider as he put the ball into the area and Gayle put it home – everything going to plan – 1-0 up.

And after dominating the first half when we should have been more ahead than juts one one goal, Gouffran gave a penalty away for a clumsy foul on Dorans and Dorans himself converted.

Rafa will talk about how we are very poor at controlling a game – and after dominating the first half it was 1-1 at the break and we had given Norwich some hope.

That goal brought Norwich right back in the game and they started much better in the second half and after 52 minutes they went ahead with a stunning finish from Cameron Jerome.

The striker picked the ball up just inside the area, and then hit the ball past Darlow into the top corner of the net – a terrific strike.

And then after 69 minutes Jacob Murphy’s long-range strike took a deflection and eluded goalkeeper Karl Darlow and so a stunned St. James’ Park crowd was Newcastle 3-1 down with 20 minutes to go.

But Newcastle were not finished and Gayle hit his second goal past goalkeeper fired past McGovern to make it 3-2 a couple of minutes later.

Another goal and we would have at least held the league leaders to a draw and not lost 3 points to them – but 90 minutes came but then the fourth official held up the stoppage time – 6 minutes.

Benitez was waving his men forward and eventually Norwich caved as Gouffran headed home the equalizer five minutes into stoppage time.

And then it was the hero of the evening Dwight Gayle who fired the ball past McGovern to get his hat-trick and put Newcastle ahead in what was a match that will be remembered for a long time by the over 48,000 who were at St. James’ Park tonight.

3 points is what we wanted and you have to give great credit to the fighting spirit of the men in black and white stripes.

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21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 WWSBRD // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Gayle should of had a double hat trick but at least he is getting those chances

  • 2 sing in the corner // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Great shot of the Mitro choke hold! He nearly offed Perez last season now it’s Gayle!

  • 3 Lindisfarne // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:34 PM

  • 4 firebug666 // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    Fighting spirit, yep I’ll concede that, but we missed a hat full of good chances, then scored a goal, then took our foot of the gas when we had them pegged back and allowed them back into the game, gave away a cheap penalty, still never went on the attack second half until they scored two more, Yes it was great fighting spirit to get back into and go on to win the game, but it should have been put to bed in the first 30 minutes.


    But anyway we won, and the three points are what matter.

    Rafa may just think there is room for improvement!

  • 5 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    Where are your usual internationally available highlights!!!!!

    That is what Lowes and Ando said, deserved hat trick, but should have had 5 or 6. Still, even I can’t really complain about a player who gets a hat trick with one being a last ditch winner…..

    It did sound like we deserved at least a point, and played quite well for most of the game. Even if we had lost, it didn’t sound like there was much to be upset about – other than the result, and our missed chances (granted, 2 pretty key things). Delighted we got the win. 10 games against bottom half teams over the next 12 or so. Time to attack more, and go on a good run.

  • 6 Belfast // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Fine margins eh

    A really shit result turned into a brilliant result in two minutes.

    I see pitchforks were being sharpened on the match thread haha

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Were you there? I didn’t think it sounded like we eased off based on radio. We have to accept that Norwich are a very good Championship side, and they will force themselves upon the game at some point.

    I’m sure Rafa see’s room for improvement, but it was a huge result. Even a draw would have been a decent result.

  • 8 BandB // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:41 PM


    Benitez will undoubtably stress the need for improvement and the need not to let teams back into the game. It’s better not to have to beat a team twice.
    But I also imagine he’ll be very pleased we finally fought back from a sizeable deficit to win…. because that’s undoubtably the story of the night.

  • 9 firebug666 // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:42 PM


    That’s football though, if the win they get the credit they deserve, if the lose the rightly get slated, unless they play well then not so much, a draw always splits the fan lmao!

    Football eh!

  • 10 Our Toon // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:43 PM


    Looking at both goals that lead to goals 3 and 4 mitro wins the knock down on both that gets the move going.

    At home it’s a no brainer for me, has to be both mitro and Gayle. Sometimes for the away games as well.

    This isn’t a league to be cautious in, not with the squad we have.

    Buzzing with the win though, Gayle got 3, should have had more but I’ll take the 3pts

  • 11 jimmysmith // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    It does highlight the problem we have when Gayle is leading the line. He’s getting opportunities galore and missed a swag of them along the way to scoring seven. He has done extremely well to be in the right place at the right time and to score the goals he has, but its the ones he’s missing that could easily have cost us. We seem much more formidable with Mitro up top, and surely now he’ll have to play Gayle off his shoulder. It will put pressure on the central midfield two, but if Gayle can run around like Beardsley, which he seems to do, we can surely play that way, and it might pave the way for a return of Tiote in what would become the key role in defensive central mid, to allow the sort of partnership with Shelvey he had with Cabaye.

  • 12 WWSBRD // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    Wait til u see his goals mate haha second one is a peach

  • 13 chicousa // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    The lads learned 2 critical lessons in the same game:
    1. Don’t ever think you have won, when one goal up!
    2. Don’t ever think you have lost, when one (or two!) goals down!

    HWTL !!!

  • 14 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Just watched the goals, Gayle’s winner is a great strike, he did really well with it. Not sure why it sounded scrappy on the radio, maybe just because rather than describing what happened they were just celebrating.

  • 15 firebug666 // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    No I watched it on a facebook stream mate.


    It was fantastic to come back from a loss, was nice to see the players pick themselves back up and get back into the game, I’ll be honest I though we were well beaten, but that makes the win so much better.

  • 16 Our Toon // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    The other thing which is apparent is that colback can’t play that role of holding midfielder if shelvey is with him.

    From the highlights shelvey passing was great, for there 3rd goal, colback is chasing from one player to another and shelvey is walking watching him run and leaving a player free……that’s the frustrating aspect of Shelvey.

    Play Hayden or even tiote if he ever gets fit but colback is a liability with Shelvey

  • 17 BandB // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:49 PM


    You neve`r remember the facile victories.
    Our greatest moment, as the country that invented football, comes from a game in which we made life unnecessarily difficult for ourselves.

  • 18 Obertans_on_roids // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Just based on the highlights there seemed to be a positive contribution by all, Shelvey is finding some consistancy. Lucky to get out with a very important win. Colback by the looks of it is still running around in no man’s land.

  • 19 Obertans_on_roids // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:53 PM

  • 20 FAU // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Colback and Diame must be dropped

  • 21 toonie // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Here Ya go Geordie

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