A match full of incident and plenty talking points for the Brentford fans after the final whistle.
The majority (unanimous) verdict appears to be that they thought the home side should have won but moments of class led to the Magpies taking home three points.
Interesting debate about the number of Newcastle fans in the home sections and the etiquette that should be observed if you find yourself in with the opposition.
Maybe a little bit worrying, considering he is going to be missing, just how much difference Brentford fans feel Dwight Gayle makes to the Newcastle team.
They had plenty to say about the merits of various players in the home side but overall the feeling appears to be pride and encouragement in their team’s performance despite the result.
Comments courtesy of top Brentford fans forum GriffinPark.org:
‘We didn’t play until they scored. Gayle adjudged just onside and cut in and thrashed it home. We couldn’t get near him and his movement was superb.
He went off and we kept hold of the ball. McEachran ran the show with Woods and Yennaris doing his running for him. Second half the same.
All us until we self destructed and McEachran gave a tired pass They broke away, a gorgeous cross just made for Murphy. Head in hands time but for last 15 mins plus 9 of stoppage time we bashed them but it wouldn’t go in and there were three solid penalty shouts.
The Alamo at the end but somehow we lost a game that we started as if we’d get hammered in and then should have won.
Proud but very frustrated.’
‘Best team performance at home for a good while and cant fault any of the players. We deserved a draw a draw at least. Cracking atmosphere 2nd half.’
‘Very proud and spitting blood by the end. Harsh result. Deserved at least a point.
Too many of their fans in New Road. Sickening to watch them enjoying the second goal.’
‘With so many positives why do I feel so angry right now?
I will tell you why, another completely inept performance by the ref. How the hell can we have 4 stone wall penalties and him not even give one. The one on Hoff was an utter disgrace, everyone in the ground saw the guy literally pull his shirt over his head.
I had my Toon mate sitting next to me (immaculate behaviour by the way) and he had his head in his hands and couldn’t believe how stupid and naive his defenders had been….he couldn’t believe it wasn’t given.’
‘They were far worse without Gayle who was causing us lots of problems.’
‘The difference was a little bit of extra quality in the final third. Their number 17 Perez was on another planet and their goals were really well taken.’
‘From when Gayle went off, we were clearly going for the win.
We finished the first half strongly and were battering them second half until our momentum was disrupted by injuries to their players, only one of which was I think real, the others being professional ways to stop us steamrollering them.’
‘Odd to say, but that game should inspire us, the players, the club, even though we lost.
We really deserved something, but it showed that we had Newcastle rocking on their heels.
I was talking to 3 Geordie lads walking away from GP.
Bearing in mind I had to translate into normal English, I think the gist of what they were saying was that they agreed they were hanging on by their fingernails, BUT they all said that they thought OUR SHOT OFF THE POST WENT IN!’
‘A decent display, but despite being let down by the ref big time it’s now 1 win in 8 home league games. There will never be a better time to play Newcastle and we let them off the hook big time.
First 20 mins there was far too much respect on show. Some didn’t look sure they should be on the same pitch as the mighty toon. A few who gave it large last week against the rabble of Eastleigh went in to hiding.’
‘Deserved at least a point but Gayle going off was a godsend – they looked a different team after that (worse) and he had us on toast (we don’t do well against strong pacey runners) with a classy finish to put them one up.’
‘Today was another example of us for large parts dominating a bigger club with massively bigger resources but lacking the same quality where it really matters that the bigger clubs pay the big bucks for.
It’s happened quite a few times since promotion to the championship and something that we just have to take on the chin. Not much you can fault in the team performance for me though it was frustrating that both their goals came from players losing or giving the ball away unnecessarily.
We had more than enough chances to win the game but lacked that bit of quality that Murphy and Gayle provided for the visitors.’
‘I for one enjoyed today. We lost and I am gutted we did, more the fact I believe our play off chances have gone. But we out played especially in the 2nd half a team that will be Champions come end of the season that play in front of 55k every other week.’
‘I went to the game with my geordie mate, he has lived here for years and doesn’t get to many games.
He said he was all nervous and anxious before the game. I said I felt fine.
We won’t go up and there are at least 4 proper sh*t teams in this division and we will finish top half no sweat. I said on our day we can beat anyone but we are young and have off days, I have no idea which one today will be.
I was angry after the game and not at one of our players as they all collectively played a 150m quid team off the pitch second half, I was angry cos the referee stole what should have been a historic win for us with his lack of bottle and star struck eyes.’
‘We played exceptionally well but did not take our chances at crucial times in the game that ultimately cost us. Newcastle came out fast and controlled the first 25 minutes with Gayle scoring a great goal. He looks like an exceptional talent but once he went off Newcastle were never the same, and we more or less dominated from there.’
‘I think Matt Ritchie is a brilliant player,so obviously do Newcastle as they paid Bournemouth a lot of money for him.
However, he does not seem to like Griffin Park as two seasons ago he was so bad that Eddie Howe subbed him at half time. Yesterday I thought he was completely outshone by both Woods and Mcreachran (who I thought had his best ever game for us yesterday ).
‘It was a good cross for their second, but we had two centre halfs allegedly marking Murphy and he left them both standing. Just shows you cannot afford to switch off for a second when playing against quality forwards.’
‘First 15 mins I felt we were somewhat overawed by the talent in front of us but we gained a foothold once their striker went off ( with his pace and ability he looked a far better bet than Hogan).
Second half we got a deserved equaliser and from then on looked the team most likely to win, a view I think shared by the Newcastle fans who got quieter and quieter.
However as we have seen before we can be the architects of our own distraction and a sloppy ball from Josh, failure to close and a perfect centre led to Newcastle’s second.’
‘I saw it slightly differently. Toon controlled the midfield until they scored then sat back and conceded the midfield to us, which allowed us to play, and we were dominant for the last 15 of the first half and all of the 2nd half.’
‘Even though we deserved at least a point from that in the end (if not three) I’d bet that a fully fit Newcastle with Gayle on the field and Shelvey/Diame/etc/etc would still have tonked us by 3-5 goals.’
‘On the train to Brentford I bumped into 3 Geordie chaps who were all clobbered up in a mixture of Stone Island and Moncler and ended up talking a bit of football and clothes with them.
They only did away games as Newcastle at home was sh*t in their book. I thought to myself how poor that they were not arriving into Brentford until 13:30 – over 2 hours 30 minutes late for anyone who takes the casual lifestyle seriously and not only that none of them were drinking #cans.
This really was an off the pitch victory for Brentford and confirmed my image of Newcastle fans as all style and no substance – poor form and media legends who are very different in real life, they probably did not even have a fry up for breakfast.
Off the pitch there was the normal challenges with away fans in the home end. When Newcastle went a goal up one of their fans goes berserk in Hate Corner. I wanted to walk down and give him a piece of my mind but refrained as I had been chucked out and forced to sign a good behaviour order only last season for doing just that.
Therefore, I informed my nearest Steward. Despite there being two policemen only four rows behind that gentlemen, needless to say nobody did anything and he was simply allowed to take the piss. At halftime, he was spoken to by the Head Steward of the stand and then simply left to go on his way.
In the second half when Newcastle scored another two people in Hate Corner announced their presence as Newcastle fans – I guess figuring that if they got kicked out they had seen most of the match already. This time the stewards did act quickly but rather than throw the culprits out they simply marched both people round to the away end where they were high fiving their fellow fans and received a hero’s welcome The police stood there and did nothing but watch.
Being a football fan I understand that people will do anything to watch their team and if that means sitting in the home end if they can’t get an away end ticket I understand that, but sit on your hands and show some respect.’