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Newcastle United 3-1 Brentford

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 Bees face 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."

Line-ups

Newcastle

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 26Darlow
  • 8Anita
  • 6LascellesSubstituted forHanleyat 60'minutes
  • 2Clark
  • 3Dummett
  • 30AtsuBooked at 42minsSubstituted forYedlinat 72'minutes
  • 12Shelvey
  • 4ColbackBooked at 38mins
  • 20GouffranBooked at 26minsSubstituted forLazaarat 84'minutes
  • 17Pérez
  • 9Gayle

Substitutes

  • 5Hanley
  • 7Lazaar
  • 14Hayden
  • 15Diamé
  • 22Yedlin
  • 28Sels
  • 45Mitrovic

Brentford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bentley
  • 2Colin
  • 6DeanBooked at 24mins
  • 14Egan
  • 5BjellandSubstituted forBarbetat 75'minutes
  • 8YennarisSubstituted forMcCormackat 78'minutes
  • 15WoodsBooked at 73mins
  • 20Clarke
  • 4MacLeodSubstituted forKaikaiat 64'minutes
  • 19SawyersBooked at 72mins
  • 9Hogan

Substitutes

  • 7Saunders
  • 10McEachran
  • 12McCormack
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 25Kaikai
  • 29Barbet
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
51,885

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 3, Brentford 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 3, Brentford 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Scott Hogan (Brentford).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    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.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Maxime Colin.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Achraf Lazaar replaces Yoan Gouffran.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Alan McCormack replaces Nico Yennaris.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Josh Clarke (Brentford).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Yoann Barbet replaces Andreas Bjelland.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich128222416826
2Newcastle1281325111425
3Huddersfield11812148625
4Brighton12642169722
5Bristol City126242014620
6Birmingham125521512320
7Reading125431316-319
8Brentford125341912718
9Fulham124531415-117
10Sheff Wed115241314-117
11Barnsley125162320316
12Wolves124441615116
13Leeds125161214-216
14QPR124441518-316
15Nottm Forest124352223-115
16Burton123541616014
17Ipswich1235489-114
18Preston124261416-214
19Derby12345710-313
20Aston Villa121831113-211
21Cardiff123271020-1011
22Wigan122461214-210
23Blackburn122371220-89
24Rotherham121381228-166
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