Dwight Gayle was Newcastle’s hero at Oakwell tonight (again) where Newcastle put in another solid performance and it was another brace for the number 9 in the second half that earned Newcastle another vital 3 points.
Gayle scored after 49 minutes and then after 68 minutes to give Newcastle another comfortable win on the road and we go up to 28 points from 13 league games played.
And Newcastle go top of the Championship for the first time this season as Norwich dropped a 2-0 half-time lead at Craven Cottage and could only come away with a 2-2 draw.
Dwight Gayle after scoring again
Newcastle were again backed by around 5.500 magnificent traveling fans tonight who were celebrating our fourth league win on the trot – exactly what we needed from the lads tonight.
Barnsley were up for the challenge though and may have been the better side in the first half in a close encounter, but then Newcastle came out in the second half and went into another gear and exerted some real pressure on the home side.
Just four minutes into the second half and the Magpies went ahead and it was Gayle who put the ball into the net following a corner by the fit again Matt Ritchie.
Then after 68 minutes Dwight got the vital second goal when Richie again was in the making of the goal as he took the ball forward from midfield and Gayle was able to put the ball past goalkeeper Davies to put us up by a comfortable 2-0.
It was another professional performance from this Newcastle side who seem to be improving as the season goes on – just like Rafa was hoping (and saying) would happen.
Next up are Ipswich Town on Saturday at St. James’ Park and we hope we have a full house of 52,00 for that game.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle: Darlow; Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie (Atsu, 82), Diame (Colback, 90), Gouffran; Gayle.
Subs not used: Sels, Yedlin, Lazaar, Perez, Mitrovic.