Newcastle has managed to beat Barnsley 2-0 to go top of the table.
The club which was relegated from the Premier League last season is favorite to win promotion back to the top-flight. The win at Barnsley is the fourth in a row for the club as they look to build momentum in the Championship.
The match was won thanks to two goals from Dwight Gayle in the second half. Newcastle started the match the better and took control of the game despite playing away. However they will be let down by poor passing, and when they managed to get the ball in the penalty area, the Barnsleydefence managed to clear their line.
However, Newcastle will improve dramatically in the second half and create more decisive chances. Dwight Gayle will score the first goal of the game when Barnsley will fail to clear a corner. The goal will motivate Newcastle, and they will become more dangerous during their attacking play.
Dwight Gayle will score a second goal a few minutes later to extend Newcastle’s lead. The visitors could have added a third goal in the closing stage of the game on a free-kick, but the Barnsley’s goalkeeper will make a crucial save to deny Jonjo Shelvey.
Rafael Benitez said that he is pleased with his side and that the players have done everything they were instructed. He stated that the team played well and they kept creating chances.
He praised Dwight Gayle for his contribution in the game and said that he is a valuable member of the team. The Spanish manager stated that this is the reason why he paid so much for the striker and believes that there is still more to come from the player in this long season. He believes that the club is on a good run and that they should continue to work hard.