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Newcastle stun Norwich with late comeback

Dwight Gayle

Dwight Gayle’s late winner prompted wild celebrations at St James’ Park

Newcastle United fought back from 3-1 down to win a seven-goal thriller with two goals in stoppage time at home to Norwich City in the Championship.

Dwight Gayle scored a hat-trick for the hosts, his third coming dramatically in the sixth minute of added time after Yoan Gouffran levelled on 95 minutes.

After Gayle’s opener, goals from Graham Dorrans, Cameron Jerome and Jacob Murphy had put Norwich two goals clear.

But Gayle’s second quickly made it 3-2 to set up a stunning Magpies fightback.

Victory lifted Newcastle up to third in the table from ninth and denied Norwich top spot, which they were set to occupy as they took a 3-2 lead into stoppage time.

Gayle could have put the hosts in front at least twice before he opened the scoring from Matt Ritchie’s first-half cross, but Norwich – who had rarely threatened – levelled through Dorrans’ penalty moments before half-time. Gouffran fouled Robbie Brady in the box to concede the spot kick.

The visitors then became increasingly dangerous on the counter-attack and Jerome curled them into the lead before Murphy’s deflected strike looked sure to have sealed a Canaries victory.

But Rafael Benitez’s side fought back to earn an eighth win from their past 10 games in all competitions.

Defeat, only their second of the season, ended Norwich’s five-match winning streak and leaves them second in the table, two points behind Huddersfield.

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Match ends, Newcastle United 4, Norwich City 3.

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 4, Norwich City 3.

Attempt saved. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal! Newcastle United 4, Norwich City 3. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Goal! Newcastle United 3, Norwich City 3. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by DeAndre Yedlin with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Christian Atsu replaces Paul Dummett.

Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Robbie Brady (Norwich City).

Foul by DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United).

Robbie Brady (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City).

Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich City).

Substitution, Norwich City. Nélson Oliveira replaces Cameron Jerome.

Attempt missed. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Isaac Hayden.

Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Russell Martin.

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

Attempt saved. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.

Substitution, Norwich City. Ryan Bennett replaces Jacob Murphy.

Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).

Ivo Pinto (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Isaac Hayden replaces Jack Colback.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Aleksandar Mitrovic replaces Mohamed Diamé.

Goal! Newcastle United 2, Norwich City 3. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a through ball.

Goal! Newcastle United 1, Norwich City 3. Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Robbie Brady.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37426290