Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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NEWCASTLE this week finally achieved their goal of reaching the summit of the Championship.

a Norwich drawing and another away win was enough to see Rafa Benitez's side take steps clear of the pack. Now comes the hard job of maintaining that lead, which starts tomorrow against Ipswich at home.

When it comes to goalscorers it is going to be hard to look past Dwight Gayle this season. The former Crystal Palace hitman has 11 goals already and does not show any signs of letting up.

I am sure Rafa will be thinking about his No 9 playing three games in eight days but when a player is in that kind of form he could find it hard to rest him.

Gayle (right) is 23/10 to score first or 12/1 to go one better than midweek and bag himself a hat-trick.

1 Along with Gayle, Rafa reportedly made Matt Ritchie another transfer priority this summer and Newcastle are reaping the benefits. …

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