We didn’t expect an easy game at Burton Albion today and Newcastle didn’t get one, but we came away with a very good 3 points with a 2-1 win with all the goals coming in the first half.
And that ensures we will be top of the league at Christmas with second placed Brighton in the late kickoff game at Birmingham City later today.
Mo Diame congratulated after scoring second goal
Christian Atsu and DeAndre Yedlin came in for Yoan Gouffran and Vurnon Anita and it was Atsu who was put through on goal early by Jonjo Shelvey but the Burton goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin made a good save.
Newcastle got off to a good start and after 15 minutes it was Dwight Gayle who got his 17th goal of the season after some great work by Matt Richie down the left wing.
Matt’s cross was slotted into the net by Newcastle’s number 9 and this lad cannot stop scoring.
But it was only five minutes before the home side were level as Lloyd Dyer put the ball home at the far post following a cross from the right wing.
Mo Diame is coming into some good form for Newcastle and he scored again on 34 minutes as he took the ball forward and held off his man as he quickly swiveled and put the ball into the back of the net.
That was his 4th goal of the season a great goal from the Senegal midfielder and two goals in successive games.
It was 2-1 at the break and this game was not easy by any means, but Rafa has our lads battle hardened these days and they saw out the win through some good organization.
However, it was only a one goal lead the game was never safe.
But after four minutes of stoppage time referee Lee Probert blew the final whistle and that’s our 3rd win in a row after losing three games in a row previously.
It seems we are back on track again with 49 points from 22 games and that was our 16th win in 22 games.
Reading beat Blackburn away 3-2 with a stoppage time winner and remain 9 points behind us.
Burton Albion: McLaughlin, Brayford, Mousinho, McFadzean, O’Grady, Akins (Ward, 78), Dyer, McCrory, Naylor, Palmer (Miller, 89), Irvine.
Subs: not used: Bywater, Flanagan, Williamson, Choudhury, Harness.
Newcastle: Darlow; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie (Gouffran 88, Diame, Atsu; Gayle.
Subs not used: Sels, Anita, Lazaar, Mbemba, Perez, Mitrovic.
Goals: Gayle 15, Dyer 20, Diame 34
Bookings: Naylor 19, Irvine 45, Hayden 56
Referee: Lee Probert (Gloucestershire)