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Gayle double sends Newcastle top of the Championsip

Dwight Gayle

Dwight Gayle joined Newcastle in the summer for a fee reported to be in the region of £10m

Newcastle went top of the Championship as Dwight Gayle’s two goals earned them victory over Barnsley at Oakwell and a fourth straight league win.

Gayle forced home his 10th of the season early in the second half after the home side failed to clear a corner.

And the former Crystal Palace striker increased the lead from the edge of the box from Matt Ritchie’s through ball.

Barnsley’s Sam Morsy was just too high with a 25-yarder and they have now taken only one point from six games.

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Rafael Benitez’s Magpies, relegated from the Premier League last season, have won nine of their past 11 league games, and overtake Norwich at the summit who let a two-goal lead slip to draw at Fulham.

Newcastle went into the game having won only once previously in 15 league visits to Oakwell – a 5-0 success in 1983 when Kevin Keegan was among the scorers.

Barnsley had skipper Conor Hourihane back after missing Saturday’s 4-2 loss to Fulham with a calf strain and they gave as good as they got for much of the first half, with full-back James Bree driving just wide after a free-kick rebounded to him off the defensive wall.

Gayle’s double prompted head coach Paul Heckingbottom to make changes in a bid to rescue the game, with winger Adam Hammill clearly unhappy to be substituted.

The Magpies almost added a third late on as Jonjo Shelvey played an excellent free-kick into the box, but keeper Adam Davies reacted well to keep out the livewire Gayle’s flick.

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom:

“We worked our socks off, went toe-to-toe with the top of the league and two lapses in concentration cost us the game and they gave us absolutely nothing.

“Dwight Gayle was the difference and that’s what they paid all that money for.

“On another day we might have got something from the game. It was much better tonight, but we’ve got to keep improving and aim higher.”

“[Adam Hammill] showing a lack of respect to his team-mates is not on. He is frustrated, but I had a big problem with him not showing the lads respect.”

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez:

“The team played well and created chances. His job is to be there, fighting with the centre-back and try to score if he gets a chance. Dwight Gayle is on fire now, he is happy and we’re all happy.

“I made it our priority in the summer to get him and Matt Ritchie to the club.

“We did that in the first half, while scoring in the second half where we had more time, more space and possession and we could play in a different way. I am really pleased as we did what we had to do.”

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Match ends, Barnsley 0, Newcastle United 2.

Second Half ends, Barnsley 0, Newcastle United 2.

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

Substitution, Newcastle United. Jack Colback replaces Mohamed Diamé.

Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).

Elliot Lee (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Newcastle United. Paul Dummett tries a through ball, but Mohamed Diamé is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Karl Darlow.

Attempt saved. Adam Jackson (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marc Roberts.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Atsu with a cross.

Attempt saved. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross.

Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Cole Kpekawa (Barnsley).

Substitution, Barnsley. Cole Kpekawa replaces James Bree.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Christian Atsu replaces Matt Ritchie.

Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Winnall (Barnsley).

Foul by Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United).

Adam Jackson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

Attempt missed. Marc Roberts (Barnsley) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Conor Hourihane following a set piece situation.

Offside, Newcastle United. Ciaran Clark tries a through ball, but Dwight Gayle is caught offside.

Offside, Barnsley. Conor Hourihane tries a through ball, but Sam Winnall is caught offside.

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United).

Elliot Lee (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United).

Sam Winnall (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Karl Darlow (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc Roberts (Barnsley).

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United).

Sam Morsy (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Newcastle United. Jonjo Shelvey tries a through ball, but Yoan Gouffran is caught offside.

Substitution, Barnsley. Tom Bradshaw replaces Adam Hammill.

Substitution, Barnsley. Elliot Lee replaces Marley Watkins.

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Hammill (Barnsley).

Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Barnsley).

Goal! Barnsley 0, Newcastle United 2. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a through ball.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37615018