Now that’s more like it as Newcastle got their 17th win of the season tonight at St. James’ Park against Nottingham Forest and go back to the top of the Championship table with Brighton’s game against Cardiff City being postponed because of fog.
The Reading vs Fulham game was also abandoned at half time because of fog.
This was not Newcastle’s best performance, but it was a game we had to win and the result was more important than the performance tonight, and it was an excellent 3 points for the lads as they saw out the win.
Dwight Gayle scores 3rd goal
In front of another capacity crowd of over 52,000 Newcastle got off to a great start after only four minutes and it was Matt Ritchie from a free kick who scored, although his shot took a deflection and the ball easily beat goalkeeper Stojkovic.
That was exactly the start Newcastle needed to calm the nerves after failing to score last time out against the Owls.
But disaster struck in the 29th minutes when Forest equalized and it was a very poor goal to concede as Nicolao Dumitru pounced on a misunderstanding at the back and scored.
It was 1-1 at the half and the goal from Forest blunted Newcastle’s challenge and the game was even from then until the half-time whistle.
Then we got a little bit of luck in the game when Mills was shown a yellow card after the hour mark and he was sent off after he reacted violently to getting the yellow.
Maybe that was a little payoff for what happened at the City Ground?
Before taking the decision referee Keith Stroud conferred with the fourth official but that was a huge lift for Newcastle.
It was that man Dwight Gayle again who put Newcastkle ahead with a nice goal just three minutes later as he brilliantly volleyed the ball home from a good Ciaran Clark cross – a real opportunist goal from Dwight.
And then in the 80th minute to take any nerves away from the crowd Gayle scored his 19th goal of the Championship season after being set up by Matt Richie, who had an excellent game tonight especially in those final 45 minutes.
The lads basically got the job done tonight – a win – that’s what we desperately needed.
A goal from Ritchie and two from Gayle was enough for all three points so Rafa should be happy enough – well part from their goal.
Newcastle: Darlow; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Hayden, Colback (Diame, 67); Ritchie (Lazaar, 83), Perez, Atsu; Gayle (Mitrovic, 88).
Subs not used: Sels, Anita, Mbemba, Gouffran.
Nottingham Forest: Stojkovic, Cash, Mills, Hobbs, Lam (Ahmedhodzic, 84), Lichaj, Kasami, Osborn, Pereira, Dumitru (Assombalonga, 73), Bendtner (Vaughan, 81).
Subs not used: Henderson, Carayol, Grant, Vellios.
Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire)
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