In terms of effort, guts, passion and not a little skill Newcastle’s performance last Sunday in beating Manchester United 1-0 was one of the best we have seen in a long time.
And you can be sure Newcastle have picked up more fans from around the world for that gutsy performance.
It’s performances like this that allows us to get through the games when we don’t play well, and through the tough spells Newcastle will get in every season.
We thought Newcastle had no chance of winning and said we were hoping for a miracle – and it happened.
But Newcastle also deserved the win as Jose Mourinho (almost) admitted after the game.
And it was a crucial win because of the two-week break that we win and move to 13th in the table.
Dwight Gayle – had a good game on Sunday
But it’s all still very close and a draw would have seen us in 3rd bottom place right now.
We must try to keep winning.
This is what Dwight Gayle has said in the Chronicle in a lengthy interview:
“It would have been a tough fortnight if we hadn’t have won – it has lifted the place.”
“Going into the next two weeks we’d have been in the relegation zone and we’d be a bit upset, but now we have those three points we come out of it.”
“At the same time, we know we have a massive 11 games left and we know we need to pick up more points because it is so tight down there.”
“It’s been a tough few months for everybody really.”
“The fans were happy with me when I came off and I was pleased with the ovation, the fans actually set us off.
“In the first few minutes we made a few blocks and pressed them into making mistakes.”
“The fans got right behind us and pushed us really hard, they were with through the whole game and we needed them.”
“Over the last two weeks we probably haven’t got the rub of the green and I feel we got that against Man Utd and you do need that against the big teams.”
“Obviously to do it at home in front of the fans was nice, so we gave something back to them.”
“The fans want you to work hard and give everything and in certain situations, we are going to need that, so for us to do that against a team like Man Utd is fantastic.”
“They have some great names and great players but you can’t show them too much respect that they probably deserve.”
“That’s what we did, we came out and took the game to them.”
“We didn’t drop too deep until the last 15 minutes and we didn’t let them put too much pressure on us.”
“When it started to get towards the end you start to get nervous, and try to play it out, but we dealt with it. We’ll know we need that to get through.”
“We know that if we turn up and give our best, and things go our way, we can do it against the best.”
“We have 11 cup finals now and we will need to the same in each game.”
“We put everything on the line for the team and the fans, it was a massive three points for us.”
“I wouldn’t say it was the perfect performance but everything went our way. Obviously they did have a few good chances but luckily they didn’t go in.”
“The fans were fantastic and it was just a good day all round.”
Dwight Gayle didn’t score, but he had a good game and worked his socks off for the side.
His hold-up play seems to be getting better and of course, he quite brilliantly set up the winning goal for Matt Ritchie to score.
And then in the last 15 minutes, he made a block when Anthony Martial was six yards out and had two attempts to score; the first shot was blocked by Dwight and the second by DeAndre Yedlin – inspired defending from Newcastle.
At that point, it really did look like the football Gods were on our side.
At Bournemouth in the next game, Dwight could see himself on the bench with new striker Islam Slimani expected to start.
But Dwight had a good game on Sunday and the applause he got from the fans near the end when he was substituted, let him know that.