SkySports pundit Tony Gale dismisses Newcastle United's automatic promotion chances

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle United recorded their first win of the season last night but not everybody was impressed.

Newcastle United manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle United registered their first Championship win of the season at the third attempt last night, beating Reading 4-1.

Rafa Benitez's side were regarded as favourites to win promotion ahead of the season and are still heavily backed, despite early losses to Fulham and Huddersfield Town.

The performance against Reading was just what fans had been craving, a confident display from the team, with new number nine Dwight Gayle netting two goals.

Newcastle's Dwight Gayle scores their fourth goalNewcastle's Dwight Gayle scores their fourth goal

SkySports pundit Tony Gale was not convinced however, and has written off Newcastle's chance of winning automatic promotion.

Speaking after the game finished to SkySports Gillette Soccer Special, Gale explained his reasoning.

He said: "They stood out in terms of result, and played well to a point. I still have got reservations.

"No I don't think they are going to go up automatically, because they cant handle it when things go wrong, and the crowd gets on their backs, and things will go wrong in Championship, it's up and down all season."

Newcastle have already learned the hard way that winning promotion will not be a simple task, but fans will hope their two opening losses will have jolted them into form.

Last night was a big morale booster for all involved, and they now need to follow it up and go on a run, and prove their doubters wrong.

Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey in action with Reading's John SwiftNewcastle's Jonjo Shelvey in action with Reading's John Swift

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