Why Newcastle’s friendly against Bohemian made Dwight Gayle realise the size of the club

Dwight Gayle
Dwight Gayle

Dwight Gayle knows every second will count this season after getting off the mark minutes into his Newcastle United career.

Gayle scored in Saturday’s 6-0 win over Dublin side Bohemian.

The forward, signed from Crystal Palace for £10million, came off the bench for the second half at Dalymount Park.

Gayle netted in the 52 minutes with a hooked finished after captain Jamaal Lascelles knocked the ball into the six-yard box.

Three minutes earlier, the 24-year-old had struck the post with a fierce shot.

Reflecting on his debut, Gayle said: “It was nice. It was fantastic support from the 400 fans that travelled.

“You just realise how big a club it is. It was great to get my first goal and a run out.

“Jamaal hooked it back it back in, and luckily when I hooked it it just dropped underneath the bar and went in.

“It was nice to get an early goal.

“The next few games are going to be vital for me to get my confidence for the beginning of the season.

“The main thing is just to get my fitness and to get the togetherness and tactical work for the boys to push on.”

Gayle is targetting a 20-goal haul in the Championship.

“I know what I’ve got to do this season,” said Gayle. “I’m going to take each game as it goes.

“I set these targets myself as you need to push yourself.”

Rafa Benitez’s side take on Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium on Wednesday night, and Gayle feels the team, which spent last week in Ireland, is making good progress.

“He’s putting it into us what he wants to do every training session,” said Gayle.

“Each week that goes by, we get better at it.

“We’re going to be there or thereabouts when the season starts in a few weeks.”