Newcastle United news: Benitez on Shearer meeting, Gayle's No 9 pride

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Newcastle United take on Barnsley tonight knowing a point could take them to the top of the Championship.

Rafa Benitez's side are a point behind league leaders Norwich City, who are at Fulham.

Newcastle will be backed by almost 6,000 fans at Oakwell.

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And United manager Benitez has been talking about the impression the club's fans have made on his players this season.

Benitez has also spoken about his meeting with club legend Alan Shearer.

Meanwhile, leading scorer Dwight Gayle – who took his goal tally for the season to nine with two goals in last weekend's 3-1 win over Brentford – has reflected on his start to the season.

Newcastle forward Adam Armstrong, on a half-season loan at Barnsley, is ineligible to play against his parent club.

And Benitez has given his thoughts on the progress Armstrong is making.

Finally, goalkeeper Karl Darlow has spoken about the Barnsley game and his own return to the starting XI.