Dwight Gayle has now scored seven goals in the last four games – all wins – failing to score in the game at Rotherham where Christian Atsu was making his starting debut and scored a great goal to get us all 3 points.
After scoring two good opportunist goals on Tuesday night at Oakwell he now had 11 goals for the season and is at the top of the goalscoring charts in the Championship.
And with Huddersfield losing 3-1 at Preston last night Newcastle are now essentially 4 points above the third placed team if we consider our much better goal difference.
Dwight Gayle after scoring second goal at Oakwell
Dwight is getting good service from the Newcastle team and he is certainly able to put the ball in the back of the net with some ease at the moment.
While a number of fans wanted Aleksandar Mitrovic to get the iconic number 9 shirt Dwight is able to wear the shirt with pride and it certainly seems to inspires him too.
The 25 year-old was asked if Ritchie and Shelvey were making his job easier by supplying him with the chances:
“Not just Jonjo and Matt, but we have 20 or so other players who can play those sort of balls.”
“It’s fantastic to be playing in front of them. “When I’m making my runs, I just sort of know that those balls are going to be coming as well and it’s fantastic to be playing up top in front of those.”
“I said at the weekend it’s just fantastic to play in front of some of the quality we’ve got, and everybody just seems to be chipping in with their little assists at the moment.”
“Hopefully, it continues.” When I’m making my runs, I just sort of know that those balls are going to be coming as well and it’s fantastic to be playing up top in front of those.”
“I always have confidence in myself in front of goal, but I just need to be sure that I’m helping the team in other ways as well and getting us up the pitch better.”
“I perhaps didn’t have the best first half, but I’m just trying to help the team as much as I can, and at the moment it’s getting results.”
“Obviously, I know the history the number 9 shirt holds and the pressure that’s going to be on the shirt, but I’m enjoying it at the moment, and luckily it’s going well right now.”
“Hopefully it continues too.”
Next up at home on Saturday are Ipswich Town, who are in 12th place on 17 points.
But they have a decent defense and have conceded only 9 goals – the least in the Championship along with Brighton – Newcastle have conceded 11 goals in their 13 league games.
Five of those goals have been conceded by Ipswich in their six road games, so it may be hard to break them down on Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park.
Let’s hope Dwight can continue his phenomenal form in front of goal against The Tractor Boys – we need all 3 points on Saturday.