On this day: 2009 - Newcastle United 3-0 Reading

St James Park Two

As Newcastle United look to pick up their first points of the season against Reading on Wednesday, we look at the match that kick-started their previous Championship campaign.

Brighton manager Chris HughtonBrighton manager Chris Hughton was in charge as Newcastle claimed an important win back in 2009

After losing their opening two Championship matches things certainly aren't going according to plan for Rafa Benítez and Newcastle so far. 

With Reading visiting St. James' Park on Wednesday, the Magpies will be hoping to claim three points and finally kickstart their season against the team that helped get their previous campaign in the second tier up and running. 

Reading manager Jaap StamReading manager Jaap Stam

It is seven years ago to the day since Shola Ameobi's hat-trick inspired Newcastle to a 3-0 home win over the Royals as the hosts picked up their first win of an ultimately successful 2009-10 season. 

Two headers and a penalty saw the big striker score the first and only hat-trick of his 16-year career, and Newcastle certainly could do with an Ameobi like performance against Reading.

Former Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi

The St. James' Park side have looked out of sorts during their opening two matches, having struggled to break their opponents down, and their only goal so far has come from Dwight Gayle's penalty rebound against Huddersfield Town. 

It's not time to worry just yet and perhaps this Reading match could prove to be the catalyst for another successful Championship season.

Benitez and co. will be desperately hoping that proves to be the case.

Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their first goal with Jamaal LascellesNewcastle United's Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their first goal with Jamaal Lascelles

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