Newcastle star Dwight Gayle has thanked those who are making this season so much easier for him.

After beating Brentford 3-1 and scoring two himself, the former Palace striker says he has got to ‘thanks some of the players in the dressing room’.

Gayle believes the quality is ‘fantastic throughout the whole team’ with many players ‘chipping in with the assists for me’.

Top of that list must surely be Jonjo Shelvey who put a perfect long ball into the Brentford penalty area causing havoc and leading to the first Dwight Gayle goal, then a brilliant run and left foot cross meant he couldn’t miss the second goal.

With five goals in his last three hours of Championship football at St James Park, no wonder he is enjoying his home comforts.

Dwight Gayle after Newcastle 3 Brentford 1:

“I have got to thank some of the players in the dressing room – the quality in the team is fantastic throughout the whole team. Everyone is chipping in with the assists for me.

“As you have seen today, I had two sort of tap-ins and I’m just glad to be there and get them.

“I’m just doing what I can to help out the team. It’s nice scoring at St. James Park every week and I’m delighted to be playing in front of them.

“We spoke about it in the changing room before the game, about how important it was to start brightly.

“Everyone’s had two weeks off, so it might have been a slow start, but we came out of the blocks very fast. Luckily we got those two goals, and just went on from there.

“After we got the second goal, we perhaps started going a bit more defensive and sort of shut up shop until half time, but we kept a clean sheet to half time which was the most important thing, and it set us up for the second half I think.

“It was important that we continued well after the international break and got another three points on the board and just kept pushing forward really.

 It was a weird performance, perhaps we didn’t play our best football, but we got the goals at vital times, and quietened down their attacks. It was a good, solid performance.”

“It’s important to get momentum in this league, and we had it before the international break, but it’s important to keep focus and concentrate too. Otherwise, you will get turned over by any team in this league. Anyone can beat anyone.

“It is amazing when you’re winning games and playing out there is amazing. When we’re playing Tuesday/Saturday, it is thick and fast, everyone is getting games and it is fantastic.”