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Striker’s Season Of Frustration Continues To Grow

Dwight Gayle had the perfect opportunity to rescue a point at Burnley yesterday. Joelinton delivered him a flawless ball as he closed in on the Burnley goal. However, Dwight pushed it wide when it would have been easier to have scored.

It could have been Dwight’s shining moment in a season of frustration propelling himself into the conversation as a starter next week against Crystal Palace.

However, Gayle couldn’t convert the golden chance, and Newcastle left Turf Moor empty-handed. The lads failed to do what they had done so well the past three matches, get the goals that counted despite not playing great.

Dwight Gayle hasn’t scored for Newcastle since the season finale against Chelsea in 2018. While that may seem like a long drought, it’s actually only just under an hour and a half on the pitch since he’s last scored in a Newcastle shirt.

His goal against Chelsea was scored in the 23rd minute and he was substituted for Joselu just after halftime. This season Dwight has only played 62 minutes of football in his five appearances. He was on loan at West Brom all of last season.

It’s been a frustrating time for Dwight since we were promoted back to the Premier League. He managed only 6 goals in our first season back despite starting 23 games in the league and twice in the FA Cup.

This season a calf injury kept him out all of pre-season and up until October. Despite Steve Bruce’s constant insistence that he rates the 29-year-old, he’s barely played since regaining his fitness.

It was an opportunity to change all of that on Saturday. However, his miss has just compounded the frustration he’s felt all season.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In Defeat At Burnley?

  • Javier Manquillo (34%, 257 )
  • Andy Carroll (29%, 217 )
  • Martin Dubravka (14%, 107 )
  • Federico Fernandez (6%, 43 )
  • Joelinton (4%, 31 )
  • Fabian Schar (3%, 26 )
  • Isaac Hayden (3%, 25 )
  • Paul Dummett (3%, 19 )
  • Jetro Willems (2%, 13 )
  • Sean Longstaff (1%, 9 )
  • Christian Atsu (1%, 8 )

Total Voters: 755

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34 comments so far

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 15, 2019 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Munster if you are still coaching those under – 7’s tell them they have my sympathy.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 15, 2019 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #2

    I suppose we have to be gracious to poor Dwighty. Ring rusty TBF and I bet he would have given an arm to poke that ball in and give himself a shot at Big Bruce Stars.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 15, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Need to sign someone like Jamie Vardy. Fast striker.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 15, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Ketsbaia that may seem obvious to us but in the Ashley dimension you are trying to explain how infinity works.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 15, 2019 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #5

    In Bruce we trust.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 15, 2019 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Yar, we don’t sign older players. Made a mistake not keeping Diame and also should’ve gave Slimani a greater chance. Would rather have Slimani than Carroll or Joelinton. Slimani has pace. We made a mistake not signing Lee Hughes back in 2009. Would’ve done a job for us in the fizzy pop.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 15, 2019 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Aah Infinity BBS, let me explain that to you, how much time do you have?

  • lochinvar

    Dec 15, 2019 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Man City racked up 24 fouls today in winning 0-3 away at Arsenal.
    Last week I recall we racked up just 7 fouls away at Sheffield United.
    Maybe if we were more street wise we could build on results.
    Certainly the big clubs know how to break up the opposition’s attacking play while hitting them on the break with fast flowing passing.
    Shy bairns get nowt.

  • jane

    Dec 15, 2019 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Andy Carroll doesn’t need any encouragement in that respect.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 15, 2019 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #10

    I was wondering about jail.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 15, 2019 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #11

    I have until the end of time EGB.

  • Jib

    Dec 15, 2019 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #12
  • Paully

    Dec 15, 2019 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Jib can you pull up Jails last post on the blog? I’m more than a little intrigued…

  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 15, 2019 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #14

    The thing is, you can have a fast striker like vardy or even vardy himself. You still need the players to find him and his runs. We don’t have that other than shelvey when he’s on form. Look at who vardy has at Leicester.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 15, 2019 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Perez back would be nice

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 15, 2019 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #16

    I thought jail was on a fortnights holiday.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 15, 2019 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #17


    Great, just follow my instructions!

    I want you to close your eyes and concentrate on your presence on the blog.

    You are surrounded by fellow bloggers and friend.

    Now start to extend your consciousness beyond the environs of the blog and keep this going until you have left it far behind.

    Once you have achieved this just keep your consciousness expanding, keep it going and going and going.

    You will come to the infinite barrier of no return through which you need to pass, keep going, going , going and pop.

    For those not making this journey this is an audible pop which will reverberate up to and beyond infinity.

    OK one down, who’s next.

    Aah toon22, let me explain infinity to you.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 15, 2019 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Apparently Perez is bench warming now, after a great start to his Leicester life.

    Possibly needs a bit more time to settle in! It’s not easy moving to a new club for some players.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 15, 2019 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #19

    If you watch ManC a lot of their play is very simple passing which shouldn’t be beyond the capabilities our lads.

    Of course it also depends on players being able to control the ball when it comes to them and not let it ricochet off them. Something most of lads are very capable of, the ricochet that is.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 15, 2019 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #20

    We are a bit slow in the middle of the park. We need a really good hardworking box to box central mid with a bit of pace, to keep up with Almiron and St Max, and get closer to Joelinton or Carroll. Just that one player would really significantly improve us and allow us to get on the ball further up the pitch.

    I don’t suppose that has gone unnoticed at the club and getting one in is quite a tall order to be fair, because what team doesn’t need a player like that, other than the very best.

    But money is there, so a proper attempt at getting the right calibre of player needs to be made. Once we’ve got him, we could then consider going 4 at the back and look to control the centre of the park in games, and get forward in greater numbers and ditch this sub 40% possession football.

  • Jib

    Dec 15, 2019 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #21

    That’s what I thought
    Jail said something about Asia I think
    His last posts were about the time of
    the weekend we played Man City
    He’ll probably reappear early next week

  • Jib

    Dec 15, 2019 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #22

    A blooming cricketer
    I bet Jane never thought that!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 15, 2019 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #23

    I thought that Stokes was a nailed on certainty after his heroics in the Summer, well done!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 15, 2019 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #24

    By the way for those that are concerned about BBS, no need to be, that barrier is actually a restaurant entrance where you can watch the end of the universe and them get an inter dimensional time taxi and return to the blog, fully replete.

  • Jib

    Dec 15, 2019 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #25

    I’ll bet your were a “Hitch-hikers” fan

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 15, 2019 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #26

    He might give this side a go.

    We really do need to show more in the final third, and that set up gives us an extra body up there and is still defensively solid.

  • Sports Direct FC

    Dec 15, 2019 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #27


    I have been calling for a 4-2-3-1 for forever. Get Bowen in and when ASM comes back, what a 3 that could be with Almiron. Also possibly move Willems up in place of joelinton.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 15, 2019 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #28

    Minster keeps on calling me Tarquin. I think he means Marvin.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 15, 2019 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #29


  • NY Mag

    Dec 15, 2019 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #30


    I cannot keep up with these name changes…..you’ll have to slow down 🙂

  • headtheball

    Dec 15, 2019 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Haven’t posted for eons but found this program listing appropriate for the pro and anti coach posters.

    History Channel Foxtel Australia 18.30 til 19.30 Monday 16 December

    The Rise of the Clans PREMIERE

    The Bruce Supremacy

    I kid you not! Ha! Ha!

  • Jib

    Dec 15, 2019 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #32

    The Bruce Supremacy
    Rise of the Clans: Episode 1
    Neil follows along as the clans rally behind Robert the Bruce to win the crown of Scotland. After they crush the English in 1314, Bruce grants the chiefs with land and titles.

  • NY Mag

    Dec 15, 2019 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #33


    Does that mean you’ll be rewarded with land at strawberry place in exchange for your PR offensive 😀

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 15, 2019 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #34

    No, I mean tarquin, for being a boring verbose twat.


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