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Newcastle attacker wins Football League award

By Harvey Byrne

Newcastle forward Dwight Gayle has won the Football League goal of the month award.

The 25-year-old striker bagged a stunning free-kick against Reading in the Magpies 4-1 victory in August and the goal was chosen as the winner for the monthly award.

The EFL revealed the news on their official Twitter account, while Newcastle showed a clip of the goal on their official page.

Gayle moved to St James’ Park from Premier League side Crystal Palace in the summer.

The attacker has hit the ground running following his move and he has scored four goals in his opening six matches for the club.

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Following a rocky start to life in the Championship, Newcastle have picked up impressively in recent matches.

Rafa Benitez’s side have won their last five games in the league and haven’t conceded a goal in four fixtures.

They most recently demolished QPR with a 6-0 victory with the side remaining in second, level on points with Barnsley and a point behind Huddersfield.

Benitez had a large budget heading into England’s second tier, helped by the departures of Andros Townsend, Georginio Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko.

The north east side brought in 12 players during the summer, producing a combined cost of £57million.

In other Newcastle team news, Matt Ritchie has won the club’s player of the month award for August.