Newcastle Back On Top – Canaries And Owls Lose

Newcastle went back to the top of the Championship this afternoon after an impressive showing against Birmingham City  when we stopped the rot of three successive defeats and cruised to a 4-0 win over visiting Birmingham City.

And in front of a crowd of over 52,000 at St. James’ Park.

3rd placed Reading had an excellent 2-1 win at home to 6th placed Sheffield Wednesday.

Dwight Gayle celebrates after scoring again

And after winning their first game in eight games last week when they trounced Brentford 5-0, Norwich City lost again – this time 2-1 at Barnsley.

Aston Villa got back to their winning ways after losing 2-0 to Leeds last week with a 1-0 home win over Wigan and Huddersfield Town won 2-1 at home to  Bristol City.

And Rotherham United go their second win of the season when they beat QPR 1-0 at home.

Here’s the state at the top of the table tonight.

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Dwight Gayle has now scored a fabulous 16 goals in the Championship so far this season after 20 games played – he target for the season was 20 goals.

He’ll have to raise that.

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6 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 10, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh dear Leicester 3 nil up with 20 mins played

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 10, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Citeh three down!

  • Jib

    Dec 10, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #3

    I opted to watch PNE v Blackburn – I thought it would be the better game – doh!

    double doh !

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Just back home. Couldn’t have called that better really. Said it would be the best game and not far wrong. Birmingham took us on at football and got a lesson in how it should be played. 🙂 Trying to match us they left themselves vulnerable and we capitalised big style. Could’ve been a bigger score as well if we’d been a bit more ruthless, but I’ll take four nil any game. Got to give Diame a big shout out. That was the player we thought we’d bought today and if Gayle hadn’t scored three he would’ve been motm. Pleased for the lad because it’s been tough for him this season. Hopefully that’s him back on form and if it is, we’ll beat teams for fun. All in all a belting game in which our one touch football was a delight to watch. Had a feeling this was going to be a great game and I don’t think we’ve played much better. Atsu looked good when he came on again and the back four was solid as a rock. Can only think of one shot they had on target, which was followed by the miss of the day with a shocking header! 🙂 Good atmosphere as well. Great game, great football and great fans. What more is there to say?

  • jasper

    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #5

    To try to beat Charlie to it…….
    Overall very good. Lost some of the fire after the third goal, stopped challenging so effectively it felt like no one wanted to risk injury or a booking, so it went a bit flat with Brum in ineffective possession.

    Darlow. Little to do but did pull off one v smart save. 7
    Anita. Don’t recall his getting beaten on the ground, put in good challenges and was up and down his wing. Deserved the chanting of his name from Gallowgate. 8
    Clark. Solid, never really troubled, good with the ball at his feet and prepared to bring it upfield when they backed off. 8
    Lascalles. Basically see Clark above. Matched pair. 8
    Dummett. Solid and getting a bit better on the ball. Good trick to get past the FB, draw a foul and booking. 7
    Hayden. Very effective first half and seems to have gained extra yard of speed. Dropped off a bit later on. 8
    Shelvey. Dominant figure in possession, also did more defensive work than usual. They tried to man mark, not very well tho’. 8
    Ritchie. Very active and got into good positions. Good understanding with Anita and others to provide a constant threat down the right. 8
    Diame. Really strong first half, wanted it more and made some telling runs and a great cross for the goal. 8
    The gouff. Put in a shift but not a lot of attacking threat on the left wing as compared to the right. 6
    Gayle. Good movement and a perpetual threat to score as we moved the ball into the area. 9
    Atsu – nice cameo and one blistering shot. 7
    Mitro- didn’t get much time.
    Lazaro – ditto.

    All in all great performance. Only reservation was the last third of game when brum had more of the ball. We were coasting rather than finishing them off.

  • lesh

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #6


    Speaking of the talent that’s come from the land if the smog, let’s not overlook Chris Reah who’ll be 65 in March.

    He’s a class act who’s both understated and underrated and given that he was close to death’s door a few years ago, its remarkable that he’s still gigging. He puts that down to dreaming of Charlie Patton whilst under sedation.


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