A month off with a hamstring niggle and dental issues on the streets of Liverpool, appeared to do nothing but raise Dwight Gayle to a higher level.
The striker was man of the match at Elland Road and his two goals just the cherry on the icing of an excellent all round performance.
Leading the Championship scoring stakes with 13 goals delivered at a rate of one every 85 minutes, Dwight Gayle says it would be ‘nice’ to become a history boy but it is just one cog of a much more important bigger picture.
Victory against Blackburn would mean 10 wins in a row in all competitions, something that has never been achieved by a previous Newcastle United management and team.
However, Dwight Gayle says that the ‘end goal’ of promotion is the only real target and warns that every opposition team is a dangerous one, especially at home.
The former Palace striker says that ‘Everybody wants to come to St James Park and…spoil the party’ and Blackburn will be no different.
Rovers are 21st in the table but in the last home game, even though Newcastle should have been out of sight by half-time, Cardiff (currently one place above Blackburn) appeared to be lifted by the occasion in the second-half and came close to grabbing an unlikely point.
Winning breeds confidence which breeds more wins and so on, another three points and keeping the ball rolling ahead of Hull City on Tuesday night, would be really…nice.
Making it a 10 out of 10 record wouldn’t feel too bad either!
Dwight Gayle speaking to the Chronicle:
“It will be nice to make history but the main goal for us at the end of the day, is to get promoted.
“That’s what we must concentrate on the most and we must keep working hard and not get complacent – the end goal is the most important thing.
“Of course we are confident but this is where we have to be even more switched on, teams are wary of us and we are there to be shot at.
“Everybody wants to come to St James Park and even though they are away, they will be trying their hardest to beat us – they know what it means and want to spoil the party.
“We need to be switched on, it will be one of the hardest games we’ve played in, we just need to go into each game thinking…and hopefully we will continue our good performances.”