Bristol City 0 Newcastle 1
Dwight Gayle was the difference between the two sides today, Newcastle’s top scorer making it four goals in his last three games.
The former Palace striker producing a smart finish in the 19th minute after Chancel Mbemba found Mohamed Diame and he produced an excellent ball into Gayle.
With 20 minutes remaining, Dwight Gayle almost made it two for the day and five in three, turning on the edge of the box and firing in a shot which was only denied by the post.
Captain Jamaal Lascelles returned in place of Wednesday’s Captain Paul Dummett, with Ciaran Clark switching to left-back.
In midfield Jack Colback was in for Jonjo Shelvey, whilst Mohamed Diame replaced Ayoze Perez in the main support role for Dwight Gayle.
There were 2,501 Newcastle fans in the packed away section as Bristol City pulled in 22,512, their biggest crowd in way over 20 years.
Last season’s top scorer Jonathan Kodjia hit one just over the top in the final seconds for a late scare, although there was still time after that for sub Rolando Aarons to almost grab a second for United on his return to Bristol City, his effort deflected wide just before the final whistle.
Matz Sels had a few more nervous moments but will hopefully gain confidence from this clean sheet.
Mohamed Diame produced a much better performance as he played an hour before bringing on a fresh pair of legs in the shape of Ayoze Perez.
Not a classic match by any means but a hard fought three points and I bet a win and clean sheet was top of Rafa’s wish list today.
Full match report to follow.
Newcastle starting 11:
Sels, Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Clark, Hayden (Shelvey 85), Colback, Ritchie, Diame (Perez 63), Gouffran, Gayle (Aarons 88)
Darlow, Sterry, Hanley, Dummett
Crowd: 22,512 (2,501 Newcastle)