Gayle fires New­cas­tle top

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DWIGHT GAYLE scored twice as Rafael Ben­itez’s re­lent­less New­cas­tle United won 2-0 at Leeds United yes­ter­day to move five points clear at the top of the Cham­pi­onship.

Gayle pun­ished a howler by Leeds goal­keeper Rob Green to put New­cas­tle ahead in the 23rd minute and net­ted the vis­i­tors’ sec­ond early in the sec­ond half to take his tally for the cam­paign to 13 goals.

It was New­cas­tle’s eighth straight win in the English sec­ond tier, keep­ing them on course for an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the Premier League.

“The per­for­mance of the team de­fend­ing and at­tack­ing has been bril­liant,” Ben­itez told Sky Sports.

“We know that un­til the end ev­ery­thing can hap­pen, so we have to ap­proach ev­ery game the same.”

Ben­itez’s men are five points clear of sec­ond-place Brighton and Hove Al­bion and nine points above third-place Read­ing.

Leeds re­main a point out­side the play-off places in sev­enth place.

“We gave them a goal, so ob­vi­ously that against a good side makes it dif­fi­cult,” said Leeds man­ager Garry Monk. “Ob­vi­ously I’m dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult, but it doesn’t change any­thing for us.” – AFP

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