By Harvey Byrne
Sky Sports pundit Tony Gale believes Newcastle’s main strength is their ability to find the back of the net without dominating games.
The north east giants are currently sat at the top of the English second tier with one point between them and second placed Brighton.
The league’s current top scorer is Dwight Gayle with 20 strikes to his name, while winger Matt Ritchie has contributed with eight goals himself.
Both players made the step down from England’s top flight in the summer and Gale believes the duo have been key to the club’s success.
“They don’t have to dominate a game to win it and that’s what they’ve got,” started Gale speaking on Tuesday morning’s Premier League Daily show on Sky Sports News.
“The likes of (Matt) Ritchie, the likes of Dwight Gayle who’s had his injury problems as well. But they just turn games around with those goalscorers.
“That’s what is key in this league. You’re not going to dominate a game with 78% possession like top Premier League teams. You’ve got to grind away. When a chance comes your way you’ve got to take it and that’s what I think Brighton and Newcastle have over the overs.”
Newcastle have won four of their last five league games and haven’t been beaten in the Championship since a shock 1-0 defeat against Blackburn at the beginning of January.
They earned a hard fought victory against eighth placed Derby in their most recent fixture and they will be heading to face Wolves in Saturday evening’s 5.30pm kick off.
Star forward Gayle has been out injured since 14 January, but the Chronicle have reported that he could be set for a return at the weekend.
They will be hoping to pull off a victory against Paul Lambert’s 18th placed side and they will be eager to make some ground on Brighton, who have suffered a defeat and a draw in their last two matches.
In other Newcastle news, Don Hutchison believes the Magpies must start this process now.