Newcastle 3 Brentford 1: Five things we learnt

5 Strength in depth

Fans of Norwich and Huddersfield would argue, with some justification, that Newcastle don’t have the best team in the Championship but their squad is stronger than anyone else’s.

Rafa Benitez outtinkers the Tinkerman with his weekly changes but you cannot blame him with so many options at his disposal.

Newcastle were without Matt Ritchie, their top performer this season, sickness ruling out the Scotland international.

But it hardly mattered as replacement Christian Atsu, matchwinner at Rotherham a fornight ago, proved a lively threat down the flanks.

Mo Diame was rested and along with Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored twice for Serbia last Sunday, spent the entire afternoon warming the bench.

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