Newcastle 4 Norwich 3 – Wednesday 28 September 7.45pm

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

Nat Seaton:


“A night to remember, although I didn’t see it coming the way we played (again) in the second half!

“Can’t wipe the smile off my face. Two goals in added on time – that they wasted – the winner at the Leazes End – THANKS

Jamie Smith

“What a difference two minutes makes.

“No disrespect to Huddersfield but this should be our main promotion rival and to smash and grab them like that, could be the most important, pivotal moment in this season.

“Must continue momentum.”

Leazes Park Ender:

“Are there any words!?

“Adrenalin rush of monumental proportions. Agony to ecstasy.

“First half domination only gave us 1-0 and we were 1-1 at the break. It got worse. Much worse.

“Rafa needs to rethink Diame’s role.

“1-3 down. Misery.

“Then the magic. A colossal 3 points.

“I won’t sleep.”

Toon Bano:

“Holy sh*t!

“There’s a bigger picture in this game with a lesson that Rafa has to learn.

“If we go for teams with two strikers on the pitch, we can beat everyone!

“No more of this Diame in the hole nonsense.

“Gayle needs six chances to score, he’s had 18 tonight to get his hat-trick.

“Rafa has to change  – Howay!!”

Paul Lyon

“If we’d scored half our chances in the first half hour, I reckon the game would’ve been put to bed by half time.

“Three poor goals to concede but the lads, credit to them, didn’t give up and we ground it out.

“A lesson for those outside the ground as goals 3 & 4 went in…


Jamie Swan

“Jesus, Mary, Joseph and Rafa!

“Can’t quite believe it but what a match.

“Thought it was going to be Groundhog Day again, battering Norwich all first half and then bloody conceding in the 44th minute – ouch.

“Then after going 3 – 1 down, feels like it’s Russian roulette time for me. Tea towel around me head, like De Niro and Walken… Click, click, bang and lights out.

“But luckily the gun jammed, as did the Canaries, and Gayle put the hat-trick away that he should have had much earlier!

“All sandwiched around the Renaissance man’s equaliser!

“All in the last 2 minutes of injury time – geeeeeeeret in man!

“We don’t do things the easy way like, do we?

“What a massive boost and with 9-10 very winnable games coming up – this miraculous turnaround may just be the one we look back on through drunken eyes at the end of a successful season as ‘the one’.”

James Rutherford:

“I left on 80 minutes, how did it finish?

“I jest.

“What a turn around and a well deserved win.

“Haven’t heard St James’ that loud in a long time.”

George Stainsby:

“Sticking at it.

“Is it a Benitez thing?

“And was there ever a 4-3 that wasn’t really dramatic?! Gerrin!”

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 4 Norwich 3

Goals – 

Newcastle: Gayle 24, 71, 90+6 Gouffran 90+5

Norwich: Dorrans (Pen) 44, Jerome 52, Murphy 69

Possession was Norwich 43% Newcastle 57%

Total shots were Norwich 7 Newcastle 22

Shots on target were Norwich 5 Newcastle 9

Corners were Norwich 2 Newcastle 5

Newcastle starting 11:

Darlow, Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett (Atsu 90+2), Gouffran, Colback (Hayden 71), Shelvey, Ritchie, Diame (Mitrovic 71), Gayle

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Hanley, Lazaar, Atsu

Referee: Peter Bankes

Crowd: 48,236

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