This was an easy and impressive win this afternoon against Brentford with Newcastle going 3-0 after 49 minutes before Hogan pulled one back for the visitors and Jonjo Shelvey again showed he’s getting close to his best form setting up all three chances for three assists in the game.
This was what we wanted to see from Newcastle as the lads controlled the game from the first whistle in front of a massive crowd of 51,885, so they will have gone home happy with our third win on the trot.
Ciaran Clark put Newcastle ahead with a goal after 11 minutes to calm the nerves a bit, when a Jonjo Shelvey cross was headed home by the Republic of Ireland International for his second goal of the season.
Ciaran Clark being congratulated after scoring Newcastle’s first goal after 11 minutes
Then it was Newcastle’s number nine Dwight Gayle who scored the next two goals to bring his total for the season up to 9 goals – to match his number.
Just five minutes after Clark’s goal Dwight Gayle pounced on the ball as the Brentford defense failed to clear and he put the ball into the net to make it 2-0.
And Newcastle started to pile on the pressure, but it was still 2-0 at half time with Newcastle in complete control of the game.
Four minutes into the second half and it was Dwight Gayle who scored his second and put the game beyond doubt, when he tapped the ball in following a Jonjo Shelvey cross.
But something Rafa Benitez will not be happy with as Newcastle conceded three minutes later when Hogan headed home following a corner – it’s not good to concede from a set piece.
And Jonjo Shelvey took the captain’s armband after the second-half substitution of captain Jamaal Lascelles after 60 minutes to give Grant Hanley some playing time.
DeAndre Yedlin came on for Christian Atsu after 72 minutes and Achraf Lazar got a run out when he replaced Yoan Gouffran after 84 minutes.
The result puts Newcastle into second place in the league above Huddersfield Town on goal difference and one point behind league leaders Norwich who beat Rotherham 3-1 at home.
Huddersfield play Sheffield Wednesday at home in tomorrow’s game which has a noon time kickoff.
This was a very good 3 points for Newcastle and we are at Barnsley on Tuesday night and they lost 4-2 at home to Fulham today.
Newcastle: Darlow; Anita, Lascelles (Hanley, 60), Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Colback; Atsu (Yedlin, 72), Perez, Gouffran (Lazaar, 84); Gayle.
Subs not used: Sels, Hayden, Diame, Mitrovic.
Brentford: Bentley, Colin, Dean, Egan, Bjelland (Barbet, 75), Woods, Yennaris (McCormack, 78), Clarke, MacLeod (Kaikai, 64), Sawyers, Hogan.
Subs not used: Bonham, Saunders, McEachran, Kerschbaumer.
Goals: Clark 11, Gayle 16, 49, Hogan 51
Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)