Players celebrate Ciaran Clarks goal against Brentford

MATCH REPORT: Newcastle United 3 Brentford 1, St James’ Park, 15/Oct/16, KO: 3pm. Att: 51,885

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A routine win took us to within a point of the top spot as our excellent recent run continued.  Rafa brought Perez in to Phoenixlogopartner Gayle and the game started brightly.  Brentford actually had the best chance in the early exchanges, when our defence parted to allow Hogan a free header from eight yards out after a deep cross.  Luckily, the ball was just too high for him and we didn’t have to wait long to impose ourselves on the game.

Shelvey, our outstanding performer on the day was pulling all the strings from the off and he put over a fantastic deep cross from a good 40 yards out, which landed plum on the head of Ciaran Clark to bullet a header past Bentley in their net.  Clark, a player I was highly dubious about signing, has looked the part in the last few games and also stood out today.  The first goal arrived after just ten minutes and we only had to wait another five before extending our lead.  This time, Shelvey’s long ball was too deep but Brentford failed to clear it and when it landed at Gayle’s feet on the edge of the box, he feinted inside and steered a fine effort into the bottom corner.  Gayle is another that looks the business and looks well capable of 20-odd goals for us this season, which we’ll need to go up.

The dreary weather from earlier in the day had given away to sunshine and all felt well with the world as we took control
of the game and threatened more.  We thought the third had come just after the half hour when a Gouffran effort was wildly deflected past their keeper off Perez but replays later confirmed that it was a clear handball.  Despite being well behind the pace, the Bees nearly got themselves back into it shortly before the break, but Darlow was equal to a smart snap shot and palmed it away to safety.

Atsu had our final opportunity of the half and from where I sit in the East Stand, it looked in all the way when he pounced on a ball that came to him on the edge of the box but curled a lovely effort just wide.

We put the game to bed within a couple of minutes of the restart with a goal that was neat in it’s build up.  Shelvey was again the architect and having being slipped in out wide, he twisted past his man and squared an inch perfect ball for Gayle to tap home his second of the game from as many yards.  We were starting to look like we might hand out a thrashing but from nowhere, Brentford gave themselves a glimmer of hope.  It was a poor goal to give away too, with our defence seemingly asleep from a corner, allowing Hogan a free header from point blank range, which he gleefully accepted.

Any fears of Brentford getting themselves back into it quickly dissipated as they lacked any real ideas to open us up.
Lascelles went off with an injury to be replaced by Hanley, Yedlin came on for the promising Atsu and Lazaar was brought on for the solid Gouffran and the last half hour meandered by without any real incident, save for a half chance for Lazaar at the death and a late attempt from distance by Gayle to score back-to-back SJP hat-tricks – answers on a postcard but we were talking about it at the match and I can’t remember a player that’s done that?

Overall, there was nothing to criticise in either performance or result and we looked every inch a favourite for promotion.  Shelvey has lost some weight and looks interested, putting together his most consistent run since joining us – good coaching innit?  We look very tight as a unit, regardless of the changes that Rafa is making and although we’ll have a lot tougher tests than our visitors today, they arrived here at the right end of the table and were put away with ease.  I’m looking forward to Barnsley on Tuesday night in a cracking old-school away end with kicking on 6,000 Mags and everything just feels dead…enjoyable at the minute doesn’t it?  Ah knaa, ah knaa!!

Keep the Faith

Newcastle United – Darlow7, Anita 7, Clark 8, Lascelles 6 (Hanley 6), Dummett 7, Colback 7, SHELVEY 9, Atsu 7 (Yedlin 6), Gouffran 7 (Lazaar n/a) , Perez 6, Gayle 8

Our Fans – 8 – It was always comfortable and the support was spot on

Their Fans – 6 – Good turnout but shit songbook

GARETH HARRISON – Follow Gareth on @truefaith1892

 

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5 Responses to MATCH REPORT: Newcastle United 3 Brentford 1, St James’ Park, 15/Oct/16, KO: 3pm. Att: 51,885

  1. Andy bee says:

    Read the bluffer guide to championship this morning paid particular interest to mention of Derby and villa managers and also Huddersfield 😂 Just shows how unpredictable the division is.
    Guess you need a solid squad with a dependable world class manager and a legion of support…….

  2. Mark says:

    I think Albert Stubbins once scored four consecutive hat tricks. A bit before my time mind!

    • Gareth Harrison says:

      Is that right? I was racking my brains thinking about it – thats some going that like!

      • Mark says:

        I think so Gareth – I remember hearing that he scored a brace in the fifth game, and then hit the bar denying him five in a row!

    • Rob says:

      That was in wartime football though I think which only count as friendlies due to the nature of the leagues and the teams put out.