Dwight Gayle reveals points target Newcastle United have set themselves
Dwight Gayle is in sparkling form, the two goals that won the game at Barnsley makes four in the last four days, whilst it is seven goal in the last four matches.
At the start of the season the striker set himself a target of 20 goals in the Championship and despite reaching 11 with still 33 games remaining, Gayle insists that at the moment he is still only thinking about reaching that 20 goal mark.
The former Palace player insists that he is sure to go through lean spells this season and then it is going to be other players getting amongst the goals.
Very much underplaying his contribution, Dwight Gayle insists ‘I’m just helping out’ in scoring 11 already and has claimed that his brilliant second goal against Barnsley was ‘lucky’.
One other target that Dwight Gayle was happy to reveal is what the management and players have set themselves in terms of points.
The Newcastle star says that they are aiming for an average of two points per game as they believe 92 points will be enough to get automatic promotion. With 28 points from 13 matches, Gayle and NUFC are two points ahead of schedule.
Looking back at the last five seasons in the Championship, 92 points looks as though it would comfortably win automatic promotion by giving Newcastle at least the second spot in the table.
Working backwards from last season the points totals of the last five clubs to finish second are (in brackets is how many the third place team totalled):
2015/16 89 points (89)
2014/15 89 points (86)
2013/14 93 points (85)
2012/13 79 points (77)
2011/12 88 points (86)
Dwight Gayle speaking to NUFC TV:
“It is important we keep pushing and picking up the three points.
“It wasn’t the best performance and they made it really hard for us, it was important we grinded it out.
“The fans were fantastic and pulled us along the way, thankfully got the three points to send them home happy.
“I see the keeper sliding across and I know that if I hit it along the floor he will pick it up, so I thought I would just try and dink it over him (for first goal.”
‘The second goal was more like Tino Asprilla goal, the dink over the goalkeeper?’
“Yes, it was a bit of a lucky one, it was a great ball from Mattie Ritchie to play me in and luckily when I have got to it, it’s gone in.
“The 2-0 helped us to relax and take off some of the pressure in the final 10 minutes.”
‘Seven goals in the last four games, have you ever been in form like it?’
“Can’t say I have.
“As I said at the weekend, it is just fantastic to play with all of these quality players.”
‘You set a target of 20 goals at the start of the season, with 11 already have you revised that target?’
“No, I said at the start I wanted to get 20 and that is my aim right now. I’m just helping out and in good form at the moment but I’m sure there will be times when I’m not scoring and other people will be scoring and helping out.”
‘It means nothing at the minute but you must be happy to be top?’
“Yes, we came in and were told the Norwich result (2-2 draw at Fulham after having led 2-0).
“We have got a job to do ourselves, two points a game (on average) and keep aiming for that 92 points that we think is going to get us promotion.”
‘The travelling fans?’
“As I said at the weekend, when I found out there was this many (5,900) travelling, it’s unheard of to have that many travelling away on a Tuesday night in the Championship.
“The fans were fantastic (watch footage HERE of them at Oakwell) and we are loving playing in front of them.”
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