Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Not Too Pretty, but It Turned out to Be Dwight a Night; UNITED GO TOP OF THE LEAGUE AFTER VICTORY AT OAKWELL

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Not Too Pretty, but It Turned out to Be Dwight a Night; UNITED GO TOP OF THE LEAGUE AFTER VICTORY AT OAKWELL

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Byline: LEE RYDER

NEWCASTLE United aren't just enjoying the Sky Bet Championship this season - they are embracing it.

As the final whistle sounded at Oakwell last night, Toon captain Jamaal Lascelles looked to the skies and clenched both fists before United players then celebrated the win with their army of supporters.

After a far from pretty first half, Newcastle kept their composure to floor Barnsley in the second period thanks to two more goals from Dwight Gayle.

The former Crystal Palace man took his tally to 11 for the season to seal a fourth win in a row for Rafa Benitez.

But they had to work hard for both the points and the clean sheet as the Tykes pushed them close.

Newcastle enjoyed their fair share of possession in the opening 10 minutes but were unable to create a clear-cut chance.

On 10 minutes Matt Ritchie was fouled by Adam Hammill but Shelvey's freekick was punched away by Adam Davies.

Two minutes later Barnsley skipper Conor Hourihane slashed a shot wide and failed to trouble Darlow.

With 25 minutes gone Shelvey won another freekick 25 yards from goal. The England international shaped to shoot but slipped it to Gouffran who laid it off to Ritchie but the shot was blocked.

Barnsley won a dangerous freekick on 32 minutes but Hourihane's effort hit the wall before James Bree sent the rebound well wide.

Seven minutes before the interval, Newcastle were handed a free-kick 30 yards from goal after a handball from Hourihane.

This time, Shelvey left it for Gayle but his shot went straight at Adam Davies in the Barnsley goal.

In a scrappy game, it was Barnsley's turn to have a go from a setpiece two minutes later.

Jamaal Lascelles was booked for a foul but Sam Winnall could only hit it straight at Darlow.

It summed up a first half that lacked quality all round.

But Barnsley seemed to be the happier of the two sides as they headed down the tunnel at half-time.

Although, there were glum faces in the home sections just four minutes into the second period.

Here, early pressure paid off as Shelvey sent a warning shot wide from a Ritchie corner. …

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