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Newcastle United 3-1 Nottingham Forest

Dwight Gayle's goal against Nottingham Forest
Dwight Gayle took his tally to 19 for the season with a double against Forest

Dwight Gayle scored twice as Newcastle United went top of the Championship with victory over Nottingham Forest, who had Matt Mills sent off.

Matt Ritchie's deflected free-kick put the Magpies in front early on.

Forest levelled against the run of play when Nicolao Dumitru swivelled to beat Karl Darlow on the volley.

Mills saw red for two bookings, and Gayle restored the lead with a hooked volley past stranded keeper Vladimir Stojkovic, before scuffing in a second.

The spite that threatened to overshadow the corresponding game at the City Ground earlier this month - when Newcastle had Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett sent off in a 2-1 defeat - continued on Tyneside, with a third red card in two meetings and a flurry of yellow cards.

This match lacked the excitement and incident of that meeting, although it started brightly enough when Ritchie's early free-kick wickedly beat Stojkovic to lift a sell-out St James' Park crowd.

Forest, somewhat shell-shocked, struggled to muster a response but found themselves level when Newcastle failed to deal with Eric Lichaj's cross and Dumitru swept into the back of the net.

Newcastle responded after the break when Ritchie was denied from close range and, after Mills was sent off on the hour, Gayle fired them back in front after some sloppy Forest defending.

Gayle pounced for his second and 19th of the season at the far post as Forest's defence looked uncertain in Mills' absence, the decisive act of a fairly turgid game.

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez told BBC Newcastle: "Job done, pleased for that because we needed three points.

"However, if you analyse the game we were pushing and creating chances, I was pleased with the approach in the second half, the sending off gave us an advantage but we were doing what we had to do.

"Dwight [Gayle] is a great player, scoring goals and creating chances, I'm pleased for him, hopefully he can carry on scoring goals."

Nottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I prefer not to comment [on the Matt Mills red card] on what what's happened, it's incredible and it changes the game.

"We had a good first half, a good reaction after the unlucky goal, we draw level and have opportunities to score and 11-versus-11 we can hope for a better result.

"To concede so quickly the second goal after going down to 10 men, it was too tough."

Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 26Darlow
  • 22YedlinBooked at 65mins
  • 6Lascelles
  • 2ClarkBooked at 12mins
  • 3Dummett
  • 11RitchieSubstituted forLazaarat 83'minutes
  • 4ColbackBooked at 53minsSubstituted forDiaméat 67'minutes
  • 14Hayden
  • 30Atsu
  • 17Pérez
  • 9GayleSubstituted forMitrovicat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Lazaar
  • 8Anita
  • 15Diamé
  • 18Mbemba
  • 20Gouffran
  • 28Sels
  • 45Mitrovic

Nottm Forest

  • 38Stojkovic
  • 41Cash
  • 5MillsBooked at 60mins
  • 25Hobbs
  • 2Lichaj
  • 22Kasami
  • 28LamBooked at 26minsSubstituted forAhmedhodzicat 84'minutes
  • 12DumitruSubstituted forAssombalongaat 73'minutes
  • 17PereiraBooked at 61mins
  • 11Osborn
  • 14BendtnerSubstituted forVaughanat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Assombalonga
  • 18Carayol
  • 24Vaughan
  • 30Henderson
  • 37Grant
  • 39Vellios
  • 48Ahmedhodzic
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
52,228

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home18
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Newcastle United 3, Nottingham Forest 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 3, Nottingham Forest 1.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anel Ahmedhodzic (Nottingham Forest).

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Achraf Lazaar (Newcastle United).

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United).

Hildeberto Pereira (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Aleksandar Mitrovic replaces Dwight Gayle.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Anel Ahmedhodzic replaces Thomas Lam.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Achraf Lazaar replaces Matt Ritchie.

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

Foul by Thomas Lam (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. David Vaughan replaces Nicklas Bendtner.

Goal!

Goal! Newcastle United 3, Nottingham Forest 1. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) with an attempt from very close range to the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.

Attempt missed. Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Christian Atsu (Newcastle United).

Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Isaac Hayden.

Foul by Christian Atsu (Newcastle United).

Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Britt Assombalonga replaces Nicolao Dumitru.

Attempt missed. Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Isaac Hayden.

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

Foul by Nicklas Bendtner (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Mohamed Diamé replaces Jack Colback.

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

Foul by Thomas Lam (Nottingham Forest).

Booking

DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United).

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Newcastle United 2, Nottingham Forest 1. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the high centre of the goal.

Booking

Hildeberto Pereira (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle24171648192952
2Brighton23156238142451
3Reading2313463330343
4Leeds2413383124742
5Huddersfield2313372827142
6Sheff Wed2312472723440
7Derby2311662415939
8Fulham2399540281236
9Aston Villa2481152623335
10Barnsley2310494035534
11Birmingham239772730-334
12Norwich23103103837133
13Preston239593131032
14Ipswich248792427-331
15Brentford2385102930-129
16Wolves237793132-128
17Bristol City2483133132-127
18Nottm Forest2475123744-726
19Burton2467112633-725
20Cardiff2366112638-1224
21QPR2365122034-1423
22Blackburn2355132739-1220
23Wigan2346132030-1018
24Rotherham2434172552-2713
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