Newcastle United finally got their in the end but Dwight Gayle was forced to watch from the stands.

Despite optimistic noises from Rafa Benitez in the past week or so, he didn’t risk the number nine as he recovers from his latest hamstring injury.

Without his injury problems, Dwight Gayle would surely have finished as Championship top scorer but that honour now looks destined for Chris Wood.

However, with Leeds United now struggling to even make the play-offs, safe to say that winning automatic promotion will more than make up for Gayle missing out on that particular accolade.

He may not have been able to be on the pitch but the former Palace striker was supporting his teammates from the Leazes/Milburn corner.

This image below encapsulating a great night for Newcastle players and fans.

Dwight Gayle and his daughter Indie, born just under 10 weeks ago watching hopefully their first and last NUFC promotion!

Watching the game with the little one ❤ #wearegoingup #toonarmy

A post shared by Dwight (@dwightgayle) on

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 4 Preston 1


Newcastle: Perez 7, 67 Atsu 45, Ritchie 65

Preston: Hugill 14 (Gallagher red card 64)

Possession was Preston 32% Newcastle 68%

Total shots were  Preston 6 Newcastle 22

Shots on target were Preston 2 Newcastle 7

Corners were  Preston 1 Newcastle 16

Referee: Anthony Madley

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey (Colback 76), Hayden, Atsu (Gouffran 68), Perez (Murphy 83), Mitrovic

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Yedlin, Mbemba, Diame

Crowd: 50,212 (Preston 500)

(Read what Alan Shearer had to say after the final whistle HERE)

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  • Geordiegiants

    We will need at least one top striker, Gayle will be good enough as a foil or backup but that will be his limit now we are playing top teams.

    • 1957

      Totally agree, as well as he has done this season I can’t see him being a regular goal scorer in the PL

      • Steve Smith

        Depends how he’s utilised! If he’s allowed to run in behind defences then he’ll smash them in, it’s not like the goals get any smaller in the premier league.

        It’s whether or not that’s how we set up /are allowed to play against other teams.

        • Paul Patterson

          Well said, I see him as a sort of Craig Bellamy type of striker, give him a strong Alan Shearer type and a partnership could flourish . .

          • Geordiegiants

            He is certainly worth a go, I’m just not sure he is as good as say Berahino. I’m not his biggest fan but looking at Mitro last night if he could keep up, he would probably work as a decent number 10, he is definelty no good as a striker though.

          • 1957

            I could see him playing off another striker, much depends on how Benitez decides to approach next season tactically…I’d love to see us play with two forwards

  • Mrkgw

    I rate Dwight Gayle and hope that he will prove himself to be a success in the Premiership. He deserves his chance.