Bristol City 0 Newcastle 1  –  Saturday 20 August 3pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:

Joe Dixon

“Great work by Mohamed Diame for the goal, can maybe see why we bought him now after his no show against Huddersfield.

Rafa spun the wheel again and we had more changes in the team, maybe you have to tighten up away from home but with Hayden, Gouffran and Colback all on the pitch, it puts a lot of pressure on the other three to score and create the goals.

“TBH, I can’t remember their keeper making a save! Gayle scored and hit the post but don’t really remember the ball actually hitting his gloves!

“We battled well but creating so few chances is surely not an actual plan for the rest of the season.”

Nat Seaton:

“We were hanging on at the end but we survived for once, resulting in a great 3 points.

“First away win of 2016!

“Going to celebrate in Bristol before the long journey home tomorrow.


Ryan Williamson

“Points now football later!!!

“More noise from the two and a half thousand here today than fifty thousand at Huddersfield match (I missed Reading). If only away day atmosphere could be transported to St James Park.

“Today shows how essential it is to have an out and out quality goalscorer like Gayle.

“Gouffran ran around a lot but still can’t work out exactly what he is supposed to do…would be class if we matched Ritchie up with somebody like Knockaert on other side -reckon that would be promotion assured.

James Rutherford

“A win and a clean sheet away from home?

“What is this madness!”

Jamie Smith

“Very important result today as we achieved a first away win and first clean sheet, both of which could have become monkeys on our back.

“Also great for Gayle, whose 100% strike rate so far suggests he’s got the potential to live up to the shirt he’s wearing.

Some concerns over Sels in goal so far, hopefully he’ll settle in but I’ve already heard some murmurings that Darlow’s solid form at the end of last season would give people more confidence if he were back in pegs.

“As with the Reading result, there is still the suggestion that Rafa has work to do but things are hopefully turning to cancel out our poor start.”

Leazes Park Ender”

“A massive win and our first on the road. Well done lads. Keep it going.”

Jamie Swan

“Phew ya bugger. New kegs please!

“NUFC win a massive three points in a game where we displayed some new tactics…Give the ball to Bristol as quickly as possible and defend for your lives! Aaagghh!

“Important landmark first away win in 8 months. There will be some appointments booked in the RVI maternity suite in about 4 weeks time, let’s hope they don’t have a lull again until May 17!

“I thought it was another bang average looking team picked to be honest but we stumbled to a win and kept a clean sheet. Sels is not exactly filling anyone with confidence but hopefully he grows. 

“Gayle is going to score a hatful this season. Four in four man, well played boss.

“On the plus side, if we can win when we aren’t really at it, just think what we can do once we are cooking on gas?

“Wins breed confidence and confidence breeds wins. Let we smash the League up!”

George Stainsby:

“Didn’t sound like a classic, or hugely convincing, but we won.

“Lessons to learn, but hopefully confidence is growing.”

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Bristol City 0 Newcastle 1

Goals – 

Newcastle: Gayle 19

Possession was Bristol City 56% Newcastle 44%

Total shots were Bristol City 17 Newcastle 8

Shots on target were Bristol City 2 Newcastle 1

Corners were Bristol City 6 Newcastle 3

Team: Sels, Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Clark, Hayden (Shelvey 85), Colback, Ritchie, Diame (Perez 63), Gouffran, Gayle (Aarons 88)

Unused Subs: Darlow, Sterry, Hanley, Dummett

Referee: Tony Harrington

Crowd: 22,512 (2,501 Newcastle)