Date: Tuesday 18th October 2016, 7.45pm.
Admission: £30 (£19/£21 in 2009/10)
0 - 2
Tykes 0 Magpies 0
49 mins Matt Ritchie's corner in front of the North Stand that housed the travelling
contingent was met by defender Adam Jackson - who barged over Ciaran Clark
in the area as the ball dropped back to earth.
Running free, it was helped on by Hayden and Diame swung a boot at it under
pressure from an opponent before Dwight Gayle finished from close range.
68 mins Ritchie
released Dwight Gayle and the in-form
number 9 bore down on goal before finishing smartly from just outside of the
box as Davies rushed out to meet him.
time: Tykes 0 Magpies 2
Rafa Benitez commented:
"It was a professional performance, it was difficult against a good
team that we knew could push and press.
"They had intensity and they have
physicality in the game and when they can, they will play too. So we knew it
would be like that.
"In the first half we needed to work
hard and the second half when we scored the game was more open and we had more
"He (Dwight Gayle) is the one
that is taking the chances so I am really pleased for him and the team.
"Itís always important to win but
if you donít concede it is also important for the team. Especially for the
confidence of the defenders and the keeper.
"The strikers and the wingers worked
hard which meant the defenders could do a great job.
"The team played well and created chances. His (Gayle's) job is to
be there, fighting with the centre-back and try to score if he gets a
"He is on fire now, he is happy and we're all happy. I made it our
priority in the summer to get him and Matt Ritchie to the club."
buenas noches, Rafa
Tykes boss Paul Heckingbottom said:
"We worked our socks off, went toe-to-toe with the top of the league and two
lapses in concentration cost us the game and they gave us absolutely nothing.
"Dwight Gayle was the difference and that's what they paid all that money for.
"On another day we might have got something from the game. It was much better
tonight, but we've got to keep improving and aim higher."
About Adam Hammill after substituting (to the evident displeasure of the
"It's not about him, it's a team game. Showing a lack of respect to his
team-mates is not on. He is frustrated, but I had a big problem with him not
showing the lads respect."
NUFC in the Championship after 13 games:
(W7, D3, L3) F19, A8 2nd
2016/17 28 points (W9, D1, L3) F27 A11 1st
netted his tenth and eleventh NUFC goals and has scored seven
times in his last four games. The striker has now matched the tally of last season's top scorer, Georginio
Wijnaldum, who took 38 games to reach his 11. Dwight has done it in 11
This was only Newcastle's second-ever league success at Oakwell in sixteen
attempts, with the first a 5-0 win back in May 1983.
Before tonight, of teams we've visited in the league at least ten
times, only Liverpool, Manchester United and Southampton had a better record
against than Barnsley
(Chelsea, Leicester, Wolves, Bradford, Sheffield United and others are worse teams to
visit in terms of points gained per
Toon @ Tykes -all-time:
2016/17 won 2-0 Gayle 2
2009/10 drew 2-2 Nolan, Harewood
2001/02 won 1-0 Bellamy (LC)
1997/98 drew 2-2 Gillespie 2
1994/95 won 1-0 Cole (LC)
1992/93 lost 0-1
1991/92 lost 0-3
1990/91 drew 1-1 G.Peacock
1989/90 drew 1-1 M.Quinn
1985/86 drew 1-1 Cunningham (LC)
1983/84 drew 1-1 Waddle
1982/83 won 5-0 Varadi 2, McDonald 2, Keegan
1981/82 lost 0-1
1947/48 drew 1-1 McCall
1946/47 drew 1-1 Stobbart
1945/46 lost 0-3 (FA)
1937/38 lost 0-3
1936/37 lost 0-1
1935/36 lost 2-3 Cairns, McMenemy
1934/35 lost 1-2 Wilson
(We also lost a testimonial match there in 1968, beaten 1-5 in a
benefit for Barrie Thomas).
Diame's diet: a
Barnsley chop and a slice....
Gayle fired Newcastle to the top of the Championship on Tuesday night, as his
purple patch continued with two second half goals at Oakwell.
After a scoreless first half, the league's leading scorer struck for the tenth
and eleventh time of the season, making it seven goals in his last four outings.
The three points earned put United in pole position for the first time,
leapfrogging previous leaders Norwich City after they threw away a 2-0 lead at
Craven Cottage and were held 2-2 by Fulham.
Having scored before half-time in their previous five away matches, the interval
was reached with little in the way of goalmouth action to reward a vast and
enthusiastic away support.
Restored to the starting lineup along with Momo Diame and Isaac Hayden, Matt
Ritchie sprinted down the United right on 23 minutes before whipping in a cross
that Dwight Gayle connected with but flicked wide.
That proved to the main scoring chance of the first 45 minutes, although phantom
fouls given against Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles (ludicrously booked) gave
Barnsley shooting opportunities from two well-placed free kicks around our box.
They wasted both.
Emerging unchanged for the second half when a swap of Diame for Aleksander
Mitrovic had looked possible to overcome our lack of aerial prowess, it took
just four minutes for United to go ahead - Gayle in the right place to turn the
home and prompt an outburst of joy behind the goal.
That quickened the tempo significantly and Mo Diame almost doubled the lead when
turning well in the box, only to floated his effort narrowly over the crossbar.
Gayle then made sure of the points after 68 minutes, taking Ritchie's forward
pass and lobbing the 'keeper to start the dancing again.
A second hat-trick of the season almost arrived with five minutes left, but
Davies was equal to Gayle's diving header at the near post from Jonjo Shelvey's
That's now four wins in a row for Rafa's side and our fifth away victory -
making it six games on the road without defeat since the opening day loss at
Fulham. Like the win over Brentford, this wasn't a complete performance,
although our dominance and control was more apparent than on Saturday.
When the team does periodically click though and instinctively engineer creative
passages of play, then the opposition are little more than spectators.
An unchanged back five collected a clean sheet with no fuss; Paul Dummett
putting in a good, uncomplicated shift, Vurnon Anita underlining his quality and
Jamaal Lascelles continuing to mature on and off the field - speaking calmly and
eloquently after full time.
Clark also impressed again, improving week by week and happy to push forward
when an opportunity presents itself, swapping roles with the steady Hayden.
Up front a slight frustration with Ritchie shying away from shooting
continues, while Christian Atsu wasn't on long enough to gauge whether he's
found his crossing range after Saturday's randomness.
The displays of Yoan Gouffran and Diame were on a par with each other;
evident effort but mixed returns. Where Gouffran seems unruffled however by
a poor challenge or a misplaced pass, Diame is labouring to make an impact and
needs the boost of netting a first goal - no matter how it goes in.
The combined talents of messrs Perez, Mitrovic and Diame haven't amounted to a
great deal thus far and with one eye on the future, January may see some
developments in the transfer market.
While Gayle is in this sort of scoring form though, Rafa has the luxury of
mixing and matching those around him - confident that there's enough talent on
the pitch to continue collecting points in multiples of three.