In the club’s first preseason friendly tonight we continued where we left off from last season by winning this preseason game.
And with Dwight Gayle fully fit again he got a brace in the first half that had Newcastle leading 2-1 at the interval, with all goals coming in the first 24 minutes of the game.
There’s no doubting Dwight’s natural goalscoring ability and this lad might just shock us all this coming season by the number of goals he scores, but we have to keep him fit and somehow guard against those hamstring problems.
Newcastle started this game like a steam train and could have scored twice before Dwight scored after just three minutes with a nice finish from the former Crystal Palace striker, after he was played in nicely by Siem de Jong who linked up well with Dwight tonight.
And that’s got to be good news for Newcastle fans.
Mo Diame in action at Tynescastle tonight
Then Hearts were awarded a penalty, afrter Haidara tripped Walker in the box, but Gonclaves blazed wildly over the bar and then shortly after that miss – the home side leveled the scores after 20 minutes when the impressive Jamie Walker scored.
That man Gayle put Newcastle right back on top just four minutes later from a corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight headed the ball nicely past goalkeeper Jack Hamilton.
Gayle can score with either foot and with his head too, so under Rafa’s guidance this lad could become a real hero – again – for the coming season.
What number does he wear again?
It was 2-1 at the break and on came new signing Florian Lejeune for his first game for his new club at the beginning of the second half.
Florian looked comfortable at the back for Newcastle in the second half as Rafa also gave games to Aleksandar Mitrovic, Achraf Lazaar, Henri Saivet and Jesus Gamez.
All four players face uncertain futures at the club and must fo well in these preseason games.
Other players came on too so Rafa gave a game to the whole squad and that was good.
But as could be expected, with so many changes made in the final 45 minutes, the game became disjointed as often happens in these early preseason friendly games.
It was fantastic to hear the 1,468 fans Newcastle fans who traveled to Edinburgh chant “there’s only one Bradley Lowery” and the whole Tynecastle crowd joined in.
That’s in memory of the brave and courageous 6 year-old Sunderland fan who sadly passed away last week and whose funeral was this morning.
Bradley remains an inspiration to us all because of that tremendous smile of his and his fantastic courage in adversity for one so very young.
Rest in Peace Bradley – we love you.
This Newcastle team started the game like a whirlwind in the first half and we hit the crossbar twice and the game could have been over in the first 45 minutes, but we could only convert two of the many chances that were created.
Hearts played well but we hung on for the win.
Rafa may even be pleased after the game.
Hearts: Hamilton, Smith, Smith-Brown, Nowak, Hughes, Berra, Walker, Buaben, Stockton, Cowie, Goncalves.
Newcastle: Elliot (Woodman, 63), Clark (Dummett, 46), Lascelles (Lejeune, 46), Mbemba (Hanley, 62), Haidara (Colback, 62), Aarons (Gamez, 46), Shelvey (Saivet, 46), Diame (Armstrong, 62), Atsu (Perez, 46), De Jong (Lazaar, 75), Gayle (Mitrovic, 46).
Goals: Gayle 3, 24, Walker 20
Referee: William Collum (Glasgow)
Attendance: 10,001 (1,468 Newcastle)