By Alex Stevens
Alan Shearer has described Newcastle’s support for their first win of the season on Wednesday night as “staggering”.
The club legend took to Twitter to give his verdict after it emerged that a crowd of 48,209 were at St James’ Park for the 4-1 win over Reading.
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) August 17, 2016
Newcastle secured their first win since relegation to the Championship as they overwhelmed the visitors at a virtual sell-out stadium.
After Dwight Gayle had a goal disallowed for handball, the hosts went ahead when Isaac Hayden was first to react to a loose ball in the box.
Garath McCleary equalised from the spot on the stroke of half-time.
Matt Ritchie’s penalty edged the hosts ahead again, while Gayle’s free-kick and close-range finish secured Newcastle an emphatic victory.
Rafael Benitez’s side, playing in the second tier for the first time since 2009-10, had lost their opening two matches at Fulham and at home to Huddersfield on Saturday, so this was a much-needed victory.
In other Newcastle news, Sky have given an update on the bidding for Moussa Sissoko.