How quickly things can change in football as Brighton lost 2-0 at Preston north End this afternoon and Newcastle fought their hearts out to get a 2-1 win at Brentford with the 20th goal of the season from Dwight Gayle putting Newcastle ahead after 19 minutes and that man Murphy scoring the winner with a good header after 79 minutes.
So Newcastle return to the top of the league table and one point ahead of Brighton & Hove Albion.
The 3 points were precious for Newcastle as Jonjo Shelvey has now seen out the five games of his suspension and we have won two, lost two and drawn one in his absence.
Daryl Murphy heads home the winner
But Newcastle suffered three injuries in this game.
Dwight Gayle had to go off er 27 minutes and was replaced by Murphy and then Isaac Hayden was also injured and then substitute Anita lasted only about seven minutes before he had to be carried off on a stretcher with what looks like a serious injury.
Near the end of the game Gouffran was also injured but carried on since we had used all three substitutes by then.
Karl Darlow was the man who got the 3 points for us as he made some great saves throughout the game and near the end made a great save to deny Gota and after a full 9 minutes of stoppage time Newcastle won the game 2-1.
You cannot say our lads don’t fight for the cause and at the end of the game the Newcastle players looked knackered but the 3 points put us back on top of the league table again.
Newcastle started this game well and were on top early and Dwight Gayle became the first player to hit 20 goals since Alan Shearer when he hit the ball home with his left foot from a narrow angle after 19 minutes.
But something was wrong with the striker as he signalled to the bench and Rafa took no chances and quickly brought on Darryl Murphy after 27 minutes.
We have to hope that Dwight is not too badly injured – he’s more than a key player for us.
Newcastle looked sluggish once the goal threat of Gayle was gone and Karl Darlow had to make a number of excellent saves to keep us in the game.
Half time with Newcastle leading 1-0 but the Bees had come back into the game.
Brentford equalized in the 52nd minute when we again failed to clear a corner and Vibe scored from close in.
Owner Mike Ashley was there today
But Newcastle were not to be denied and after 79 minutes a good cross from Perez was headed home nicely by Murphy – and this man seems to be able to get goals for Newcastle – he got the winner today and that’s two goals in two games from the Irishman.
Newcastle hung onto the lead through a nervous 9 minutes of stoppage time to get all 3 points and put us back on track again at the top of the table
Newcastle: Darlow; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Hayden (Anita, 62, Hanley, 70), Colback; Ritchie, Perez, Gouffran; Gayle (Murphy, 28).
Subs not used: Sels, Sterry, Ameobi, Lazaar.
Brentford: Bentley; Field, Egan (Hofmann, 87), Dean, Bjelland, Colin; McEachran (Jota, 80), Woods, Yennaris; Sawyers (Clarke, 90); Vibe.
Subs not used: Bonham, Hogan, Kerschbaumer, Barbet.
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (Lancashire)