Newcastle United 3-1 Brentford

15 Oct

Dwight Gayle


Dwight Gayle (left) has scored five goals in his past three games for Newcastle

Newcastle won their third successive Championship game as they cruised past Brentford at St James’ Park.

Brentford’s Scott Hogan headed over from close range, before Jonjo Shelvey crossed for Ciaran Clark to nod in the opening goal for the hosts.

Dwight Gayle’s shot doubled the lead and he tapped in a second after the break from two yards out.

Hogan turned in after a corner to reduce the deficit, but Newcastle were rarely troubled in the later stages.

The result lifts Newcastle to second in the table, though the result took longer to secure than it ought to have, with Christian Atsu firing just off target and Ayoze Perez having a goal ruled out for offside in a dominant first-half showing.

Gayle’s two goals lifted him above Hogan and Bristol City’s Tammy Abraham as the Championship’s top scorer on nine, following his move from Crystal Palace in a reported £10m deal in July.

Brentford fell to eighth in the table as they lost their fourth game in their past five league meetings with Newcastle.

The Magpies next face former boss Steve McClaren’s Derby on Tuesday, but will be without centre-half Harlee Dean for the trip to the iPro Stadium after he was shown his fourth yellow card in five games and his fifth of the season in total.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez:

“We did everything we wanted to do – we controlled the game and had good chances.

“I’m not watching the table because it’s too soon. I said the other day I was convinced we could improve; I’m pleased but we can still improve.

“The team is doing a lot of good things and we have a striker who is confident in front of goal and scoring.”

Brentford manager Dean Smith:

“With the quality that they have they don’t really need a helping hand but unfortunately we gave them one with a two-goal lead.

“We’re not renowned for that – defensively we’re normally very good.

“We came here with a game plan but when you give away goals like that it goes out the window. There were good things as well – we competed well enough.”

Live Text

Match ends, Newcastle United 3, Brentford 1.

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 3, Brentford 1.

Grant Hanley (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Hogan (Brentford).

Attempt missed. Ryan Woods (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sullay Kaikai.

Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dwight Gayle.

Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey following a set piece situation.

Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Maxime Colin.

Attempt blocked. Achraf Lazaar (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.

Foul by Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United).

John Egan (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ryan Woods (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Achraf Lazaar replaces Yoan Gouffran.

Attempt saved. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yoan Gouffran.

Substitution, Brentford. Alan McCormack replaces Nico Yennaris.

Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Clarke (Brentford).

Substitution, Brentford. Yoann Barbet replaces Andreas Bjelland.

Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Ryan Woods (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).

Substitution, Newcastle United. DeAndre Yedlin replaces Christian Atsu.

Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

Attempt saved. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Atsu.

Substitution, Brentford. Sullay Kaikai replaces Lewis MacLeod.

Offside, Newcastle United. Ayoze Pérez tries a through ball, but Christian Atsu is caught offside.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Andreas Bjelland.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Grant Hanley replaces Jamaal Lascelles because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Atsu.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

Attempt blocked. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Colback.

Attempt missed. Nico Yennaris (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Woods following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

Goal! Newcastle United 3, Brentford 1. Scott Hogan (Brentford) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Yoan Gouffran.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Vurnon Anita.

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