The score was 0-0 at the break but then Newcastle exploded into life after a good first half with two good goals in the 50th and 51st minutes.
The goals were scored by Dwight Gaule (who else) and Jacob Murphy respectively to put Newcastle firmly in charge of this game.
Jacob had only just come on at the start of the second half after replacing the returning Matt Ritchie and he did himself no harm at all with a good performance.
Jacob Murphy celebrates after scoring
Mitrovic then scored in his second successive game after 76 minutes and Jacob Murphy got his second just two minutes later to end the scoring.
Newcastle came out of this game comfortable 4-0 winners on the night against the League One side and it could and probably should have been more.
Newcastle had completely dominated the first half but somehow hadn’t been able to score although Matt Richie did hit the cross-bar and Jonjo Shelvey was in excellent form in Newcastle’s central midfield.
Rafa Benitez brought on Jacob Murphy, Javier Manquillo, and Mohamed Diame at the start of the second half in place of Ritchie, Yedlin, and Perez respectively.
Newcastle immediately gelled and scored two goals within six minutes with goals from Dwight Gayle and Jacob Murphy and then two more goals followed by Mitro and the second goal for Murphy.
Gayle’s goal was made by a good Christian Atsu cross and that Dwight got an assist as he put Jacob Murphy through and the 22-year-old beat goalkeeper Doyle nicely with a nice cool finish.
Mitrovic was given the captain’s armband when Shelvey left the field just after the hour mark and Mitro scored on 76 minutes when he easily converted an accurate Aarons cross for his second goal in successive games.
And then it was new boy Murphy who got Newcastle’s fourth goal with a half volley and this was a good performance from the newcomer on only his second appearance for the Magpies.
There were some good performances tonight as the lads start to get some match practice behind them and Rafa Benitez should be (fairly) pleased with that performance.
Teams and stats:
Bradford City: Doyle, McMahon, Knight-Percival, Kilgallon, Chicksen, Gilliead, Vincelot, Reeves, Law, McCartan, Jones.
Newcastle: Elliot (Woodman, 61), Yedlin (Manquillo, 46), Lejeune (Mbemba, 61), Clark (Saivet, 77), Dummett (Gamez, 61), Atsu (De Jong, 61), Shelvey (Aarons, 61), Hayden (Colback, 77), Ritchie (Murphy, 46), Perez (Diame, 46), Gayle (Mitrovic, 61).
Goals: Gayle 50, Murphy 51, 78., Mitrovic 76
Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Co Durham)