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.
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.
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.