Positive Bank Holiday Monday for Newcastle United loan players in Championship
A very good Bank Holiday Monday for those Newcastle United loan players in the Championship.
After scoring five goals in his last two starts for West Brom, Dwight Gayle was given a rest.
However, the NUFC loan striker came off the bench with seven minutes to go and almost won it for the Baggies at Reading.
West Brom were too far off the automatic promotion places and all but ensured of a play-off place, so James Shan using his squad ahead of the end of season lottery.
The goalless draw at Reading meant that today West Brom are assured of their play-off spot.
Dwight Gayle now has 23 goals in 31 Championship starts (plus 6 sub appearances), matching his 23 goals in Newcastle’s promotion season, when he started 23 games and made 12 sub appearances.
Meanwhile, good news for Jacob Murphy as he made his first start in six weeks, playing the full 90 minutes. Today was his seventh start for West Brom along with four sub appearances.
Elsewhere, Forest beat Middlesbrough 3-0 but did so without the help of Jack Colback, he is suspended for the rest of the season after picking up his 15th booking of the campaign in his previous match.
Over at Hillsborough it was great news for Achraf Lazaar as he played the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over Bristol City, which keeps alive very remote hopes of a play-off spot for the Owls. The left-sided played was making his first start for over eight weeks after injury and has now made three starts and one sub appearance.
Rolando Aarons was missing from the Sheff Wed squad as he is still injured.
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