Dwight Gayle scored a hat-trick as Newcastle United moved back to the top of the championship in style by brushing aside the play-off contenders Birmingham City 4-0 at St James’ Park.
Rafael Benitez saw ‘s page never again after the half-time break with a two-goal cushion courtesy of Gayle’s double in front of the Gallowgate. The world Cup top scorer then its tally increased to 16 by completing his treble with 12 minutes until the end of Newcastle, the last three-game run without a win. Then Yoan Gouffran had already added a third seconds after the break to ensure his team moved a point clear of Brighton.
Cardiff Sol Bamba with manager Neil Warnock after the red card
Birmingham struggled to come to Newcastle, which tumbled down into the field, Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett after the red cards they received to Forest Nottingham eight days earlier.
Despite this decision, Newcastle players were interested in a show after feeling burdened that she had lost, to play in the city ground has forced a lot of the game with nine men on the pitch – so that Brighton hittop spot with a victory against Leeds on Friday night.
On a map, was exactly what Newcastle did in the first half, and the only surprise was that from Birmingham, who have now lost five consecutive away league games on Tyneside for the first time, that more than two.
Gayle had already denied to the goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak and Isaac Hayden centimetres away from finding the top corner, before the first came in the 18th minute.
in front of Newcastle’s leading marksman, he worked his way free from his marker to open the pillow for a clean header in the lower corner, the scoring when he got on the end of Mohamed Diame’s ideal center.
Six minutes later, Gayle added a second. After a nice move on the right side, in which a plurality of players, Hayden, in area and centered. After a happy distraction, Gayle box checked in the six-yard before you poke from the inside to the bottom corner and beyond the goalkeeper.
Before the break, Gouffran, Matt Ritchie and Diame all went close, while Birmingham struggled to get any progress in the direction of Karl Darlow’s net at the opposite end.
And itIt was not long before Newcastle, add the third after the restart.,; 70 seconds, in fact.
as Shelvey’s free-kick was poorly dealt with and Gouffran was on hand to convert from 12 yards, effectively the game to bed then and there.
Gayle came in a few inches of grabbing his hat-trick just after the hour when Kuszczak turned his effort behind following an incisive first-time pass from the impressive Diame.
Birmingham have started, go the fifth day, I record a test with 20 minutes when the substitute Luke Frame is directed to the second pole, which is raised an ironic cheer from the fans travel.
Just when it seemed Newcastle were happy to slow things down, and in the final phase, before Gayle fell in Shelvey’s pass in the 78th minute. minute at the conclusion of a comprehensive win.