It was a productive night last night for striker Dwight Gayle.
Dwight came on in the second half, and within a minute, he took a good pass from Andy Carroll and slammed the ball into the back of the net, keeping at bay two Villa defenders in the process.
It was an excellent goal from Gayle, who has always been able to score goals, although not as many in the Premier League as compared to the Championship.
But maybe it’s time to give the player more playing time in this free-flowing Newcastle side, where there are many chances created in the box.
If only somebody could get in there and put the ball in the back of the net!
It’s a perfect setup for a natural goalscorer like Dwight Gayle – shown above, scoring his opportunist goal last night.
The 29-year-old has been talking to nufcTV, and this is some of what he said:
“I need to do more and I need to get more minutes and help out the team a lot more, I know I need to do that.”
“It’s been a frustrating season for me injury-wise, and hopefully I can help out the team as much as I can over the next few weeks.”
“The boys have been fantastic over the last few weeks, they’ve looked a real threat. We performed so well on Sunday (in the 3-0 win against the Blades).”
And hopefully we can keep banging on the door when we come off the bench to prove to the manager that we’re all there to help out.”
“We’ve taken a lot of pressure off ourselves in terms of looking behind us.”
“So now we can go into Sunday’s performance, give it a good go, and hopefully we can get the result.”
It was just a pity that Newcastle let in a sloppy goal after 83 minutes, and of all people, it was goalkeeper Martin Dubravka who should have done better with El Mohamady’s header from a corner.
But that’s the way it sometimes goes when you are not concentrating 100%.
Next up, we are at home again on Sunday, in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, with a kickoff time of 6:30pm.
We have to play well in that game, and we could produce a shock result.
Don’t put it past this upbeat Newcastle side, but we will need to tighten up defensively against City.