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Championship: Newcastle United 4-3 Norwich City

Dwight Gayle
Dwight Gayle's late winner prompted wild celebrations at St James' Park

Newcastle United fought back from 3-1 down to win a seven-goal thriller with two goals in stoppage time at home to Norwich City in the Championship.

Dwight Gayle scored a hat-trick for the hosts, his third coming dramatically in the sixth minute of added time after Yoan Gouffran levelled on 95 minutes.

After Gayle's opener, goals from Graham Dorrans, Cameron Jerome and Jacob Murphy had put Norwich two goals clear.

But Gayle's second quickly made it 3-2 to set up a stunning Magpies fightback.

Relive Newcastle's stunning fightback to beat Norwich

The hosts applied intense pressure in the closing stages and were rewarded, first with Gouffran's close-range finish from DeAndre Yedlin's cross and then Gayle's even later winner.

Victory lifted Newcastle up to third in the table from ninth and denied Norwich top spot, which they were set to occupy as they took a 3-2 lead into stoppage time.

Gayle could have put the hosts in front at least twice before he opened the scoring from Matt Ritchie's first-half cross, but Norwich - who had rarely threatened - levelled through Dorrans' penalty moments before half-time after Gouffran had fouled Robbie Brady in the box to concede the spot kick.

The visitors then became increasingly dangerous on the counter-attack and Jerome curled them into the lead before Murphy's deflected strike looked sure to have sealed a Canaries victory.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez:

"I am the kind of manager who gets excited, but especially inside because I am really proud when I see the team reacting. I am really proud of them.

"Some people will jump or run or whatever, but I am happy inside because I think it's something that's difficult to achieve."

Norwich City manager Alex Neil:

"This seems to be a strange place for me because the twice I have been here, the games have been probably two of the most bizarre games I have ever been involved in as a player, a manager, anything.

"We got ourselves into a position where we were 3-1 up, comfortable and then we concede a goal, and then we have got 90 seconds to see the game out.

"It's 3-2 with 90 seconds left on the clock and we don't defend the box well enough. It really is as simple as that."

Cameron Jerome (centre, left)
Cameron Jerome's brilliant curling strike gave Norwich the lead after half-time
Newcastle United
Newcastle and their fans were jubilant as Gayle's third goal won the game on 96 minutes
Jonny Howson
Newcastle and Norwich have scored 20 goals between them in their past three meetings

Line-ups

Newcastle

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 26Darlow
  • 22Yedlin
  • 6LascellesBooked at 78mins
  • 2Clark
  • 3DummettBooked at 43minsSubstituted forAtsuat 90+2'minutes
  • 11RitchieBooked at 40mins
  • 12Shelvey
  • 4ColbackBooked at 9minsSubstituted forHaydenat 71'minutes
  • 20Gouffran
  • 15DiaméSubstituted forMitrovicat 71'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 9Gayle

Substitutes

  • 7Lazaar
  • 14Hayden
  • 17Pérez
  • 18Mbemba
  • 28Sels
  • 30Atsu
  • 45Mitrovic

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 33McGovern
  • 25Pinto
  • 5Martin
  • 6Bassong
  • 3OlssonBooked at 74mins
  • 27Tettey
  • 4DorransBooked at 60mins
  • 22MurphySubstituted forBennettat 79'minutes
  • 8HowsonBooked at 59mins
  • 12BradyBooked at 45mins
  • 10JeromeBooked at 78minsSubstituted forOliveiraat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ruddy
  • 7Naismith
  • 9Oliveira
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 24Bennett
  • 31Murphy
  • 34Thompson
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
48,236

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home22
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 4, Norwich City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 4, Norwich City 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Graham Dorrans.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Newcastle United 4, Norwich City 3. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Newcastle United 3, Norwich City 3. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by DeAndre Yedlin with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Christian Atsu replaces Paul Dummett.

  8. Post update

    Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Robbie Brady (Norwich City).

  10. Post update

    Foul by DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United).

  11. Post update

    Robbie Brady (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City).

  14. Post update

    Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich City).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Nélson Oliveira replaces Cameron Jerome.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  18. Post update

    Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Isaac Hayden.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 28th September 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Huddersfield10712138522
2Norwich106221914520
3Newcastle1061321101119
4Brighton10532126618
5Brentford10523189917
6Bristol City105231711617
7Birmingham10451139417
8Sheff Wed105231212017
9Reading105231114-317
10Barnsley105142014616
11Wolves104331412215
12Fulham10352911-214
13Ipswich1034388013
14Leeds104151012-213
15Nottm Forest103341820-212
16QPR103341216-412
17Aston Villa101721010010
18Burton102441416-210
19Preston103161014-410
20Derby1023559-49
21Wigan102261214-28
22Blackburn102261219-78
23Cardiff10226817-98
24Rotherham101361124-136
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