This Is Why This Newcastle Striker Is So Threatening


The strange thing on Saturday was that we beat Ipswich Town 3-0 and Dwight Gayle didn’t score a goal after the striker had scored 7 goals in our previous four games.

But that didn’t hamper Newcastle at all with Ayoze Perez getting a brace and Matt Ritchie getting his third goal of the season although the last two goals didn’t come until the last quarter of the game.

Ayoze Perez now has 5 goals and is second in the scoring charts behind Gayle who has scored 11 Championship goals so far this season.

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Dwight Gayle congratulates Ayoze Perez on Saturday

Rafa Benitez seems very happy if the goals are shared among his players and he has pointed out that whether Gayle is scoring goals or not he is always a dangerous player for the opposition to mark.

Rafa was asked if it was important that a number of our players can score the goals:

“Yes, it’s important for the team, because you have more players who can score and then the opponents don’t know who to mark and deal with.”

“If only Gayle is scoring, then they will think it is easier to focus marking him because then they will think we will not score.”

“But we have different players who can score goals, so this makes it more difficult for them.”

“Also, for the confidence of the team, it’s good to have different options and they can trust different players to score goals.”

Here are the Newcastle goalscorers  so far this season.

PlayerLeagueCupsTotal
Dwight Gayle23023
Mat Ritchie12416
Ayoze Perez8412
Yoan Gouffran527
Aleksandar Mitrovic426
Mo Diame336
Daryl Murphy516
Jonjo Shelvey505
Christian Atsu505
Ciaran Clark213
Jamaal Lascelles303
Isaac Hayden202
Grant Hanley101
Chancel Mbemba101
DeAndre Yedlin101

Rafa will give his press conference later today for the 4th round EFL Cup tie tomorrow night against Preston.

With Newcastle in such good form at the moment we would hope we can win that game and then head to Deepdale on Saturday and pick up all 3 points against Preston.

But you never know what’s going to happen in football, but getting through to the quarter finals of the League Cup would be a huge boost for Newcastle.

We could also get a plum tie in the draw for the last eight and test just how good our current team is.

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11 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 24, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    A glimpse of the Gayle non-penalty in this clip:-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFm7yO4N0Gw

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  • Jib

    Oct 24, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Stating the obvious I know but out of the 16 teams left –
    8 are PL drawn against each other – quite remarkable

    Liverpool v Tottenham
    West Ham v Chelsea
    Southampton v Sunderland
    Man United v Man. City

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Winning is priority, the whole purpose of having a big squad is that we could play a team tomorrow night that might easily start a league game.

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  • martoon

    Oct 24, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Ron Knee – I sit behind the goal at the Leazes end and had a clear view of it. At the time I thought the keeper just barged Gayle over and looking at that I’m of the same opinion. Apparently the ref thought the keeper got a hand to the ball first – sorry I don’t think so!

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 24, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    martoon

    Was there a question of Gayle being offside? With only one camera angle it’s hard to tell.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 24, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Was searching to see what’s the deal with that lamb (a boring story) and found that:

    “Preston North End turned professional in 1885, one of the first clubs to do so. From August that same year to April 1886, North End were undefeated. Another season worthy of note was 1887/88 when North End won 42 consecutive matches. Part of the rout was a 26-0 victory against Hyde in the first round of the FA Cup, a result that still stands today as the biggest victory in an English first-class game. Such was the club’s dominance in English football at that time that it was dubbed The Invincibles. In 1888 they were founder members of the League and became the first team to achieve the double, doing this at the first attempt.”

    Also,

    “This remarkable feat earned them a distinctive privilege they share only with Reading, being a Royal Borough, of claiming the right, never actually used, of wearing their first colours whenever they wish, even if it means the home team have to change.”

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  • Jib

    Oct 24, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Quite often when a ref is behind the play as in Gayles penalty claim they are instructed look to see what happens to the ball.
    In this case it moved away from the Ipswich goal as if the goalie got there first and got a hand to the ball – also his assistant didn’t indicate any offence.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Even if the goalie got there first he blatantly put himself in a position where Gayle had no option but to fall over him, a stonewall penalty.

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  • toonincheek

    Oct 24, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    I would rather win promotion than win this Cup.

    But – if we are to win one and lose one, I would rather win tomorrow
    and lose on Saturday

    Lose tomorrow – and we are out of the Cup.
    Lose on Saturday and we can (and WILL) still get promoted.

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  • martoon

    Oct 24, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Ron Knee at the time I thought he may be offside but looked across at the linesman who didn’t flag. It was definitely a case of the ref thought the keeper got the ball first but I think he clattered Gayle and the ball bounced of them.
    Anyway it made no difference in the end, I’m not quite sure who our penalty taker is – probably Gayle I would guess?

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  • dem

    Oct 24, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Looking at the clip from Ron regarding the non penalty. IMO, Gayle definitely got to the ball first and knocked it sideways past the goalie, who didn’t touch it. In the refs defence, his position might have been obstructed by Colback and possibly a defender. Not sure what the linesman was looking at though.

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