Heart of Midlothian 1 Newcastle United 2: Dwight Gayle back in the old routine at Tynecastle

Newcastle's players at Tynecastle
Newcastle's players at Tynecastle

Dwight Gayle picked up where he left off last season – and got Newcastle United up and running.

Gayle scored both goals in tonight's 2-1 win over Scottish Premiership side Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle.

It was the club's first pre-season friendly.

The 27-year-old – who scored 23 goals in United's Championship-winning campaign – opened the scoring in the third minute with a neat finish after he was played in by Siem de Jong.

Hearts missed a penalty before levelling through Jamie Walker.

But Gayle got Newcastle back in front in the 24th minute when he headed a Jonjo Shelvey corner past Jack Hamilton.

United manager Rafa Benitez handed new signing Florian Lejeune his debut after the break.

And the defender, signed from Eibar for £8.8million, was untroubled in the second half.

Benitez also handed run-outs to a number of players facing uncertain futures at St James's Park.

Aleksandar Mitrovic, Achraf Lazaar, Henri Saivet and Jesus Gamez all came off the bench at Tynecastle, where Newcastle were backed at Tynecastle by 1,468 fans.

United's support who chanted "there's only one Bradley Lowery" in memory of the Sunderland-supporting six-year-old who lost his long and brave battle against neuroblastoma last week.

Benitez will take his team to Ireland on Sunday for a week-long training camp.

HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN: Hamilton, Smith, Smith-Brown, Nowak, Hughes, Berra, Walker, Buaben, Stockton, Cowie, Goncalves.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot (Woodman, 63), Clark (Dummett, 46), Lascelles (Lejeune, 46), Mbemba (Hanley, 62), Haidara (Colback, 62), Aarons (Gamez, 46), Shelvey (Saivet, 46), Diame (Armstrong, 62), Atsu (Perez, 46), De Jong (Lazaar, 75), Gayle (Mitrovic, 46).

Goals: Gayle 3, 24, Walker 20

Referee: William Collum (Glasgow)

Attendance: 10,001 (1,468 Newcastle)