There Are New Concerns About Newcastle Striker

It didn’t escape Newcastle fans that when Dwight Gayle was substituted after 78 minutes it looked like his two opportunist goals in the first half would give Newcastle another vital win.

But it wasn’t to be, and after Dwight gave a Man of the Match performance, Newcastle collapsed, and we ended the game at 2-2, and it felt like a defeat.

We cannot keep giving away late goals like this if we are to start to escape the relegation zone.

The very last thing fans need this season is for this relegation scrap to go down to the final game of the season at home to Chelsea.

Dwight Gayle – after scoring the second goal

The fans should be spared that after the previous horrible and stressful years under Mike Ashley.

We need to win games and know how to defend a lead much better than we’ve done all season.

And Newcastle need to take their chances which is exactly what Dwight did so brilliantly at Dean Court.

He was replaced because of a tight hamstring and while it doesn’t look serious – it’s a chronic condition the striker seems to get every season.

He missed a lot of games last season for us, and that coincided with Newcastle starting to struggle a little in the Championship.

Rafa said this about taking Dwight off after the game:

“Dwight was complaining about a little bit of tightness in his hamstrings, so we needed to make a substitution.”

But with new signing Islam Slimani our for at least two more weeks and Dwight in form, it would be tragic if this injury prevents the former Crystal Palace striker playing games for Newcastle.

The “good” news is that we could have three weeks off if Tottenham can beat Rochdale at home on Wednesday night in their FA Cup replay.

That will help Dwight recover and then starting with Huddersfield at home on March 31st we still have seven games to play and 21 points for the taking.

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5 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 26, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Would be a shame for us and Gayle if he ended up getting injured long term as in recent games its looking like he had finally gotten to grips with his fitness and playing in the big league!

    His movement and pressing has been a joy to watch recently and Bournemouth were struggling to handle him until he got taken off!

    Would be confident of him scoring against Liverpool if he was 100% fit they don’t like playing against teams who set up the way we do and have struggled this season to break teams down including when they played us the first time round! Took a world class Coutinho effort to score into us last time round

  • Blackstarbullet

    Feb 26, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Our midfield need to be more aware when defending. On Sat Shelvey twice let a runner go without tracking him and stood motionless with hands on his knees when the runners ended up scoring twice.

  • lesh

    Feb 26, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    With Gayle and Slimani crocked and Mitro forced out to bring in the latter, Ashley’s greed and parsimony’s caused problems yet again. Will the tw@ ever learn?

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    LCBP, agreed Gayle does seem to be hitting his straps for the first time this season. I liked his back-heeled finish, it suggested confidence and ‘swagger’ which we saw in the Champo but haven’t seen yet this term.

    I think Ed is over-egging it a little here. It wasn’t suggested he had a tight hamstring (a specific injury) but was feeling a little tight in his hamstrings (fatigue). By taking him off, we prevented a potential injury and he should be fine for Liverpool, IMO

  • Jib

    Feb 26, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Dr Catterson has clearly dinned it into Gayle
    (and other players) to let the bench know
    when they feel any discomfort.
    Prevention is always better than having to
    cure long-term injuries.


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