4 mins A
perfect start for United after Ben Osborn upended Paul Dummett in a
central position outside the Forest area. Matt Ritchie's free kick
took a significant deflection to leave visiting goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic
helplessly wrong-footed in the Leazes End goal
29 mins A right wing cross
from Matthew Cash was inadvertently helped on by Ciaran Clark and nodded down by for Nicolao Dumitru to
fire past Karl
Darlow from eight yards.
Half time: United
1 Forest 1
mins There looked to be nothing on as Dwight Gayle pursued a diagonal cross from
Clark, but Eric Lichaj's attempted header back towards his 'keeper
dropped into the number nine's path and he powered home a right-footed effort from the
narrowest of angles. 2-1
80 mins Matt
Ritchie's low centre from the right eluded a pair of retreating defenders
was walked / chested into the net by a limping Gayle 3-1
Full time: United 3 Forest 1
was a different game and a different situation to the City Ground clash. I think
we started the game well, pushing and creating chances.
"After they scored it was a little more
even and we needed to change in the second half. We did again and we were
pushing at the beginning. The sending-off was a big advantage for us.
"We started scoring and controlling the
game, we created even more chances. I think at the beginning of the first half
and second half the team played with the intensity and pace you need if you want
to win in this type of game.
really pleased because obviously it's not an easy league. I think we have won 17
games now, so I think that's quite good. We have lost some games, but still we
are winning a lot of games.
"We have a good team working very hard, and then in the bad moments, we
need these experiences. And we have had a lot of very good moments, so that is
the main thing for me, keep doing that and try to improve the little
About Dwight Gayle:
"We said at the beginning that he's a good player who works for the team,
but at the same time, can score goals, so I am really pleased for him and really
pleased for the team."
Forest boss Philippe
"I prefer not to
comment as everybody saw what happened. It is tough as it was a yellow
card and no more. It was incredible and it changed the game. We played a
good first half and had a good reaction after an unlucky goal with some
opportunities to score.
"If we stayed 11 against 11 we
could have got a better result and quickly after we conceded the second
goal and 10 against 11 was too tough.
“Sometimes it is normal when you
receive two yellow cards but I said to the players they will be fined if
they get booked for dissent. In this case it was exaggerated. He gave the
ball to the opponent strongly, but if you receive a yellow card every time
for this there would be 10 or 11 yellow cards.
"It's incredible because even the referee didn't see anything, it was just
the fourth (official) exaggerated a lot. For me, it is incredible, but I prefer not to comment on this decision.
You saw what happened. But you can't change that.
"It was tough at the beginning of the second half, like at the start of the
first, but we knew we had the quality to play and be dangerous. We had better
control of the game, better than last time, and the players gave everything.
They were brave as with the sending off everyone worked hard and never gave up,
but we need a bit of luck in this tough period.”
NUFC in the Championship after 24 games:
2009/10 51 points (W15, D6, L3) F39 A14 1st
2016/17 52 points (W17, D1, L6) F48 A19 1st
Dwight Gayle scored his 18th and 19th
Championship goals of the season on his 19th start (he's also made one sub
appearance in that competition).
And barring a catastrophe, Gayle will reach 20 league goals in a season for the
first time since big Al hit 22 in the 2003/04 Premier League campaign.
He's the first Magpie to score 19 competitive goals in a season since Alan
Shearer in 2004/05 (7 Premier League, 1 FA Cup, 11 Uefa Cup).
Matt Ritchie notched his sixth goal in Newcastle colours and fourth in
the Championship, making him our second top scorer this season to date.
Tricky Trees in Toon - last 20:
2016/17 won 3-1 Ritchie, Gayle 2
2009/10 won 2-0 Ameobi, Enrique
1998/99 won 2-0 Shearer 2
1996/97 won 5-0 Asprilla, Ferdinand 2, Shearer, Elliott
1996/97 lost 1-2 (FAC) Ferdinand
1995/96 won 3-1 Lee 2, Ginola
1994/95 won 2-1 Fox, Lee
1990/91 drew 2-2 (FAC) Quinn, McGhee
1988/89 lost 0-1
1987/88 lost 0-1
1986/87 won 3-2 Wharton, A.Thomas, Beardsley
1985/86 lost 0-3
1984/85 lost 1-3 (FAC) Waddle
1984/85 drew 1-1 Wharton
1977/78 lost 0-2
1974/75 won 3-0 (LC) Macdonald, Burns, Keeley
1973/74 won 4-3* (FAC) Tudor, McDermott, Craig, Moncur
1971/72 won 2-1 Macdonald 2
1970/71 drew 1-1 McNamee
1969/70 won 3-1 Dyson, Craig, OG
Full record v Forest:
NUFC's year ending results - last 20:
2016/17 Nottm Forest (h) won 3-1
2015/16 West Bromwich Albion (a) lost 0-1
2014/15 Everton (h) won 3-2
2013/14 Arsenal (h) lost 0-1
2012/13 Arsenal (a) lost 3-7
2011/12 Liverpool (a) lost 1-3
2010/11 Spurs (a) lost 0-2
2009/10 Derby County (h) drew 0-0
2008/09 Liverpool (h) lost 1-5
2007/08 Chelsea (a) lost 1-2
2006/07 Everton (a) lost 0-3
2005/06 Spurs (a) lost 0-2
2004/05 Arsenal (h) lost 0-1
2003/04 Blackburn (h) lost 0-1
2002/03 Spurs (h) won 2-1
2001/02 Chelsea (h) lost 1-2
2000/01 Manchester United (h) drew 1-1
1999/00 Leicester City (a) won 2-1
1998/99 Liverpool (a) lost 2-4
1997/98 Liverpool (h) lost 1-2
rounded off 2016 by returning to the top of the Championship after dishing out
some justice on Nottingham Forest at a packed and relieved St. James' Park on Friday evening.
The justice was poetic in that Forest had a player sent off minutes before
Dwight Gayle made it 2-1; later bundling in a third to avenge an infamous defeat
at the City Ground earlier in the month when Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett were
With Brighton and Reading having their games postponed and abandoned
respectively due to fog, victory saw us leapfrog the Seagulls and open up a nine
point lead over the third-placed Royals.
Gayle's double restored his goal-per-start record after failing to register
against Wednesday and although goals 18 & 19 for the club were both in the
box, they couldn't have been more
His first was a fabulous finish from a tight angle that left Stojkovic
motionless but his second came off his chest and fooled the Forest 'keeper
Matt Ritchie had given his side the perfect start when his free-kick from 25
yards in front of the Leazes End hit the defensive wall and wrong-footed
Stojkovic in just the fourth minute.
Forest responded with a couple of excursions upfield that ended in wayward
shots, but got back on terms just before the half hour when on-loan Napoli
striker Nicolao Dumitru beat Karl
Darlow from eight yards to notch his first goal in English football.
From the side beaten here by Sheffield Wednesday, Rafa Benitez elected to bench
Mo Diame, Yoan Gouffran and Vurnon Anita - Ayoze Perez, Christian Atsu and
DeAndre Yedlin replacing them.
That reshuffle paid dividends, with the tempo and intensity of United's play
better - aided in no small part by an evident desire to atone for the defeat
suffered in the corresponding game a month ago.
Lacking pantomime villain Henri Lansbury, Forest's general approach remained
unchanged, their first illegal challenge made after precisely eight seconds and
followed almost continual play-acting. Clearly that's a deliberate tactic by
An early goal maintained the mood but once back at 1-1, the enthusiasm of
a Championship record crowd of 52,228 waned and United's lack of progress was
reflected in frustration from the stands.
Resuming with the same side, United moved the ball quicker and Gayle moved
out to the left before setting up Atsu - his effort blocked and reaching Ritchie
to batter a first-time shot off Stojkovic.
The antics of Forest had succeeded in winding up home fans and the volume was
turned up after an hour when Matt Mills received his marching orders following
two bookings in the same incident.
Going through Perez in the middle of the pitch earned Mills a first yellow, shoving the ball into Gayle's chest in view of the fourth official
the second. Self-inflicted, avoidable, hilarious.
Attacking with renewed vigour and that numerical advantage, the crowd's
encouragement was soon repaid by Gayle with a classic poacher's strike.
The arrival of Diame in a central midfield role gave United some additional
presence and threat from that area and he pressed forward at every opportunity.
It took 17 more minutes to get the third goal that sealed the points, Ritchie's
dangerous low cross from the right virtually walked into the net by a clearly
By then though Forest had accepted their fate and rarely looked like denying
Newcastle a significant and morale-boosting victory to close off 2016.
The performance wasn't always top drawer, but United's work ethic and will to
win was evident and Gayle's striking instincts thankfully undiminished.
Another wrong righted then; similar belligerence is now required at Ewood Park
against a Rovers side who somehow left SJP with three points in November.