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Dwight Gayle gives Steve Bruce brilliant hat-trick reminder – 5 years to the day

2 weeks ago

Dwight Gayle cut a frustrated figure on Saturday.

Newcastle playing against a really poor Watford and for once NUFC able to get some joy on a regular basis in terms of cutting through the opposition.

Chance after chance created…but wasted.

Newcastle United only having a Sean Longstaff long range effort counting, plus that was ironically due to a Ben Foster blunder as it was relatively central and he got his hand to the ball, but instead of pushing it wide he instead steered it into the top corner. Foster clearly angry with himself, although he went on to make a number of other saves.

Dwight Gayle though forced to watch on from the sidelines as chance after chance went begging.

A most bizarre situation considering Dwight Gayle was only allowed four Premier League starts last season (even though Callum Wilson only started 23 of 38 PL games) by Steve Bruce, then despite that, handed a new three year contract taking Wilson up until he is almost 35.

Then to top it all, the first five Premier League games of 2021/22, Dwight Gayle not given a single minute of PL football. This despite Callum Wilson injured and missing two of those games, whilst in two of three he did start Wilson was subbed.

Against Watford it was Callum Wilson once again out injured and yet again Dwight Gayle sitting on the bench, despite Newcastle having no striker available / on the pitch.

Finally, Steve Bruce gave Dwight Gayle fully seven (SEVEN!) minutes to try and score the goal at Watford that would win the match. It almost happened as Gayle’s movement got him free in the box but Joelinton’s ball from the left was all too easily cut out by a defender.

After Steve Bruce made it seven games for the season without a win, a very timely reminder then of what happened five years to the day (today).

It ended Newcastle 4 Norwich 3 on the night of Wednesday 28 September, what a game and what a turnaround.

A sharp Dwight Gayle finish with great movement in the box had given Newcastle the lead, but despite dominating the visitors, it was one of those nights where somehow United found themselves suddenly 3-1 down. Jacob Murphy getting the third Norwich goal with a deflected shot from outside the box.

A long ball from Shelvey was then brilliantly controlled by Dwight Gayle and finished on 71 minutes.

However, into injury time and still 3-2 down, only for Gouffran to bundle an equaliser in with five minutes of injury time gone.

Then within seconds, 4-3 to Newcastle as a superb left footed Dwight Gayle snapshot from the edge of the box won it.

If Dwight Gayle gets into scoring positions, he will score goals, regardless of the division. Certainly matches against the likes of Watford it should be a no-brainer to start him.

What a night though five years ago today, relive it all in the highlights below.

Newcastle United clearly deserved to win, having had 22 shots to Norwich’s 7 and far more possession and corners.

As an aside to that match and the Dwight Gayle aspect, interesting to have an overall look at the Newcastle players involved on the pitch that night five years ago in the second tier.

Darlow, Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett (Atsu 90+2), Gouffran, Colback (Hayden 71), Shelvey, Ritchie, Diame (Mitrovic 71), Gayle

An astonishing eight of the fourteen are still at Newcastle United.

It gets better (worse!), because when you include Jacob Murphy who was playing for the opposition in the Championship that night, you have not only nine players who are still in the NUFC first team / squad five years later, BUT also, apart from Lascelles (who already has a ridiculously long contract) all the other eight have seen their contracts extended in the last year or so.

You quite literally couldn’t make it up.

Neither Steve Bruce’s refusal to play Dwight Gayle when no other strikers are available, nor the fact we are still relying on an overwhelming number of players still from that Championship season five years ago.


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