27-year-old the unsung hero at Newcastle as team mates steal the limelight v Southampton
Newcastle United fans will be celebrating long into the night after pulling off a mighty impressive result against Southampton at St James’ Park on Saturday.
The Magpies saw off their relegation rivals 3-0 to move up from 16th to 13th in the table, and now sit six points ahead of the drop zone, with the Saints hovering precariously with just a point’s difference between themselves and the bottom three.
There was not a poor performer in black and white on Tyneside, with everyone putting in a hard working shift to ensure the three points remained in the north east, although there were some stars who stole the limelight.
Kenedy, with his brace, is the obvious candidate, while Jonjo Shelvey dictated play on his return and Paul Dummett was heralded by the Toon Army for his work at the back, putting in yet another no-nonsense showing.
However, the unsung hero, both against Southampton and in general over the last few weeks, would have to be Dwight Gayle.
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The 27-year-old might not have scored against the Saints, and many will argue as a striker that is what he is there to do, but he put in one of the toughest shifts seen by a centre forward in recent years.
He was a constant thorn in the side of the Saints, pressuring their back line when they had the ball and working hard to create space for himself and his team mates when the Magpies were attacking.
His work ethic was typified by a lung busting run from one end of the pitch to the other as Newcastle launched a blistering counter attack, and once he had the ball and had advanced into the Southampton box, had the presence of mind to pass to an open Kenedy to slot into an empty net, when shooting himself was also an option.
He might not get the credit he deserves considering his team mates’ displays, but Gayle was as important as anyone in clinching a crucial win.
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