Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle seemed to be our best two performers yesterday in the good 3-1 win over Brentford at home, although we should have probably won the game by more than two goals.
Dwight got another two goals yesterday and in the last three games he’s bagged 5 goals after his famous hat-trick last time out at St. James’ Park – in the amazing 3-2 win over Norwich.
Dwight has now scored 9 goals in 10 league appearances for us this season, so he’s looking worth all of the £10M we paid Crystal Place for him in the summer.
Dwight Gayle scoring Newcastle’s second goal yesterday
Dwight is now top of the Championship goalscorers list and one goal above Scott Hogan who also scored yesterday after some sloppy defending by Newcastle following a corner.
Rafa Benitez will not have been happy with conceding that poor goal.
This is what a delighted Dwight Gayle said after the game on the Newcastle web-site:
“I’ve got to thank some of the players in the dressing room – the quality in the team is fantastic throughout the whole team. Everyone’s chipping in with the assists for me.”
“As you’ve seen today, I had two sort of tap-ins, and I’m just glad to be there and get them.” “I’m just doing what I can to help out the team.”
“It’s nice scoring at St. James’ Park every week, and I’m delighted to be playing in front of them.”
“We spoke about it in the changing room before the game, about how important it was to start brightly.”
“Everyone’s had two weeks off, so it might have been a slow start, but we came out of the blocks very fast. Luckily we got those two goals, and just went on from there.”
“After we got the second goal, we perhaps started going a bit more defensive and sort of shut up shop until half time, but we kept a clean sheet to half time which was the most important thing, and it set us up for the second half I think.”
“It was important that we continued well after the international break and got another three points on the board and just kept pushing forward really.”
“It was a weird performance – perhaps we didn’t play our best football, but we got the goals at vital times, and quietened down their attacks. It was a good, solid performance.”
“It’s important to get momentum in this league, and we had it before the international break, but it’s important to keep focus and concentrate too,”
“Otherwise, you’ll get turned over by any team in this league. Anyone can beat anyone.”
“It’s amazing when you’re winning games, and playing out there is amazing. When we’re playing Tuesday-Saturday, it’s thick and fast, everyone’s getting games and it’s fantastic.”
It’s interesting that Dwight thought it was a weird performance yesterday – it’s just a pity we couldn’t have gone all out for the full game and won by a bigger margin – but hey – the 3 points is what we needed so it was definitely job done.
Ciaran Clark scored after 11 minutes followed five minutes later with a goal from Dwight who then made it 3-0 four minutes into the second half.
Scott Hagen scored three minutes later and then it was nervous time for Newcastle for a while, but we held onto the lead in the second half as Brentford tried to come back into the game.
It’s now Barnsley on Tuesday night at Oakwell.
Here are Newcastle’s goalscorers so far this season.