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Dwight Gayle Brace Does It For Newcastle – Win 2-1 At Hearts In First Preseason Friendly

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.

Sound familiar?

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)

47 comments so far

  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m coming to accept that Gayle will be our main/ only CF this season.

  • toon kk

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #2

    We are in for a long hard season, the opposition going to get much much tougher.
    I hope Gayle doesn’t pick up a injury or we’re fd

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #3

    It’s always real smooth when you don’t realise everyone is on a new link
    And you just start to wonder is everyone ignoring me

  • geordie abroad

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #4

    How was Saviet? Always thought he looked decent when i seen him playing in the French leagues. Could have our answer to the ‘shelvey back-up’ already on our books (got to be better than paying 25m for McCarthy)

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Think saivet has it all to prove
    But not really been given a chance

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Going to sleep coz the craic is amazing

  • Markaccus

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Not a bad showing overall. The second half side was a tad wasteful at times, but as firat friendlies go that has to be considered a good start

  • Markaccus

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #8

    De jong and gayle look to be on the same wavelength. That certainly bodes well.

  • giimps

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Not sure if Saivet is a Shelvey replacement/cover or Hayden replacement/cover, he does have something and with a little encouragement and game time could be a decent option.
    I wonder where Hayden was tonight, Yedders and Ritchie were given extra time after their exploits over the summer but I’m not sure about Hayden,

  • Markaccus

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Toon kk

    I think that was hearts’ 4th game. It was our first. I’m personally taking more positives than owt else from that. Despite popular belief I expect a few new players coming in, and since our starting team gelled really well i.m.o. I am cautiously optomistic

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #11

    So what’s the overall feeling from people on that performance tonight? Didn’t get to watch the game just commentary.

  • Markaccus

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #12


    As above lol

  • Markaccus

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #13

    The first half team seemed to be well drilled. It got scrappy after the subs. A few of the second half players could sharpen up a bit. I have definitely seen worse first freindlies than that overall

  • geordie abroad

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Markaccus Saivet definitely a more attacking option, played pretty much every game last season as creative mid or attacking mid/second striker, when at boreaux he played winger/attacking mid.

  • Markaccus

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Oh well. Time to wander home and maybe purchase a pizza on the way.

  • Markaccus

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #16


    Id like to actually see more of Saivet. No idea what he can do really.

  • Our Toon

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #17

    As I’ve said a few times if we can keep him fit SDJ can be a class act as no10. Much better option than both Diame and Perez in that role.

    Decent stuff from the lads today, hearts are well ahead of us, this is only a friendly though, most important thing is minutes and no injuries reported

  • toon kk

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #18

    We’re a championship squad about to take a big step into the premier league without serious rebuilding we’ll struggle mate, I admire your optimism but who knows who’ll maybe come in to help give us a fighting chance.

  • geordie abroad

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Just read more negative comments on Saivet from St Etienne manager. Hopefully he will get his chance to prove he is still wants to play.

  • toon kk

    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Our toon
    Diame is a total waste of space imo I hope SDJ can keep injury free we’re going to need him.

  • Belfast

    Jul 14, 2017 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #21

    He deserves to be our main striker for his efforts last season. At least for the first ten games or so anyway. The talk on here of him being sold is a piss take to be honest.

  • manxpie

    Jul 14, 2017 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #22

    saivet looked well overweight as i said earlier looked like a very fat anita surely we cant be pinning our hopes on him even as back up

  • Markaccus

    Jul 14, 2017 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Diame will be fine if he plays deeper. I agree with our toon he isnt our ideal no10.
    Diame and shelvey could be a quite formidable pairing in cm. I still thing 3 or 4 additiins will come and that will be enough for a mid table survive. Push on next year when we finally have some real big bucks

  • manxpie

    Jul 14, 2017 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #24

    agree with belfast don’t see why people are so against gayle being given a good chance his movement is top class ya cant teach that easily like
    hiadara had a shocker bad at defending and put in the worst crosses of the match

  • magspuggy

    Jul 14, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #25

    All in all i dont think our squad is as poor as some believe.

    Fitness could be a big issue with as many as we have with a ??

    Sdj if he can stay fit could be a starter in most games and if him and gayle get to link up goals will follow.

    Who we sell could be as important as who we buy.

    I rate mitro but would take our money back for him if we could replace him with a better scorer.

    Exciting times ahead.

  • manxpie

    Jul 14, 2017 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #26

    we need another RB, striker and a proper unjinxed number 10 thats my for starters list


    heres the elliot double save

  • martoon

    Jul 14, 2017 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #27

    I watched the second half. Hearts seemed to allow us space which I don’t think we’ll get in the PL. However it was a good run out for our first game but bear in mind Hearts finished 5th about 60 points behind Celtic!

  • manxpie

    Jul 14, 2017 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #28

    chicarito seems a no brainer to me 12 mill buy out clause
    the 2 players i wanted have already gone to our rivals in mcguire and hughes who would’ve been perfect with shelvey imo
    and for fusk all for a highly experienced english u21 player and captain!
    i do have another sense of dread over this transfer window and ashley being a proper stupid kernt again

  • toon kk

    Jul 14, 2017 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Our squad isn’t poor it did a great job winning promotion, mainly due to Gayle’s goals imo or we’d still be in the championship. But the premier league is a whole new level we need to prepare for.

    Howway Ash get your cheque oot.

  • manxpie

    Jul 14, 2017 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #30

    and whoever released the story about chinese investment/takeover is a kernt too as it was obvious bollicks and brought a bit of hope but just looks like an ashley plan to fool us for a bit till the window closes
    you watch it resurface again before the windows out

  • manxpie

    Jul 14, 2017 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #31

    the charnley statement from not so long ago that everyone seems to have swept under the carpet is happening right now
    100 million 🙂 🙂

  • magspuggy

    Jul 14, 2017 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #32

    I know mate
    The thought of sitting there watching us be as bad as last time fills me with dread

    Yet somehow i still believe we have enough to avoid the drop so we can bank the cash needed to buy a better squad.

    Fattie aint gonna loan us nowt so make do and mend will be the only plan we have imho

    Hopefully we can bag a superstar scorer on a payment plan that allows us to get the points we need

  • lesh

    Jul 14, 2017 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #33


    Which Charnley statement you referring to?

  • manxpie

    Jul 15, 2017 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #34

    lesh been trying to find it on the site but no luck but the one that was released about how expensive relegation was and the like
    quite amazing typing statement into the nufc site tho some of the stories that come flooding back jesus christ we are some crackers club like!!

    this made me shudder

    “The story that has appeared is total and utter nonsense. Sam Allardyce has the full backing and support of every Newcastle United player and we are all working together as one to bring success to the football club.
    At Newcastle United we have a player committee which is led by our captain Geremi, and which also includes James Milner, Mark Viduka and ourselves.”

  • Kebabacus

    Jul 15, 2017 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #35
  • lesh

    Jul 15, 2017 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #36

    Manxpie @34

    The statement you posted confirms that nowt’s changed over the 10 fun-filled years of Ashley’s ownership; they’ll say whatever they think’ll shut the fans up but the sadness is that we still buy the crap they peddle.

    How many false dawns have we seen? The last one was when Ashley said he’d leave the running of the Club to Charnley and Raf and that must’ve lasted five to six months after which he meddled in Rafa’s transfer plans in January and now he’s appointed Barnes to do his bidding at the Club.

    The sooner Ashley gets out the better.

  • manxpie

    Jul 15, 2017 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #37

    true lesh i’ve tried finding it but can’t but i’m sure average will back me up, if not then i have imagined it lol
    but pretty sure out of nowhere they released a statement spelling out how expensive relegation was and blah blah blah……
    the fact that just in the last few weeks he’s admitted to being the last to know wat happens at the club shows just how much he needs to fuskin sell the club!

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 15, 2017 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #38

    The group has plenty of quality. Far more than the more negative posters on here appear to believe. It’s just that matter of the three or four further quality additions to take us to the top of the 13 or so clubs outside the senior group. There isn’t anyone that figured last night at Hearts that can’t contribute to a decent EPL campaign, with the probable exception of Arma and Woodman, due to their lack of first class experience. The rest can feature, and even prosper so long as we do get that further injection of quality in the right positions.

  • Our Toon

    Jul 15, 2017 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #39


    Come on mate, let’s not get carried away with friendly results. The most important thing is minutes under players belt. Hearts in terms of quality are probably championship material at best.

    Problem we have is injuries, I don’t think anyone thinks our starting XI is poor, it’s what comes in if Aaron’s, SDJ etc are absent for long spells. We don’t have a no10 other than SDJ, yedlin as only real rb as gamez is old and untested. Lb isn’t great. We don’t have a solid DM especially if Hayden gets crocked. We don’t have cover for Shelvey. We don’t have no1.

    There’s plenty of issues that need addressing. It’s good that we got a good start to pre season, most important thing is that players got minutes and we don’t seem to have any injuries.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 15, 2017 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #40

    Not based on the friendly. Based on last years results and the return of DeJong, Krul, Saivet, Aarons and the addition of Lejeune, and the fact that the task this term is a different one to last, and of course with the caveat of the addition of the three or four quality players in the right positions, most notably striker, central mid, winger and keeper if Krul can’t rediscover his form.


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