Dwight Gayle looked very good in the first 28 minutes yesterday before he had to go off with a hamstring injury and unfortunately it’s an injury he had last season – so it could be a chronic injury for the player if it’s not handled correctly.
That’s not good.
Dwight looked really dangerous in that first half hour and his first goal was a joy to watch and there’s not many players who take the ball on the left wing just inside their half and the ball end up in the back of the net – another opportunity goal for this tremendous signing by Rafa Benitez.
That’s 20 goals in just 23 games for the striker and there’s no doubt we will miss this player although the food news is that Jonjo Shelvey should be back on Wednesday night against Birmingham in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
Dwight Gayle after scoring first goal yesterday
But we also lost Isaac Hayden and Vurnon Anita to injury so central midfield looks a little threadbare and it’s a good time for Jonjo to be coming back into the side.
Dwight was upbeat after the game as Newcastle has somehow managed to survive the onslaught of Brentford in that second half.
Gayle had this to say after the game as reported in the Chronicle:
“It was a hamstring injury.” “I had it last season as well.” “Fingers crossed it’s not too bad, but we won’t know the full extent of it for a few days.”
“We’ll see how it goes.” “Obviously it was frustrating to come off, but the three points was the most important thing,”
“I was buzzing that the boys ground three points out.” “There was a real buzz in the changing room.”
“We knew what their team was about. We were playing on the counter attack, and I thought it worked really well.”
“I was frustrated to come off in a game where it was perfectly made for myself.”
Daryl Murphy came on for Dwight and scored what was a vital goal for us with a header after 79 minutes.
And then we held onto the lead – just – through the 9 minutes of stoppage time to win the game.
It was a monumental 3 points for us with both Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading losing in this round of games.