Bristol City will be feeling deeply disappointed after losing 1-0 to Newcastle United in what turned out to be a battling performance at Ashton Gate.
Dwight Gayle scored a first half winner that really got Newcastle's season up and running as they beat City 1-0 in the Sky Bet Championship. Gayle hit the winner in the 19th minute after being played through on goal by Mohamed Diame's pass. Gayle has now scored 4 goals in 3 games.
Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle scores their first goal.
Newcastle have now recorded back-to-back victories in the Championship after a stuttering start where they failed to win their opening two games. Bristol City, however, have seen their fortunes fall away slightly. After wins over Wigan Athletic and Burton Albion, they have now lost two straight games after defeats to Norwich City and now the Magpies.
Bristol City may feel a little hard done by, although Rafa Benitez's side dominated the early part of the game, the home side came more into the game in what was an entertaining clash. In fact, Luke Johnson's side had 56% of the possession and 17 shots on goal. It was, however, the 1 Newcastle shot on target that proved the deciding factor.
Both sides had chances throughout the game with Newcastle going close through Isaac Hayden in the 15th minute after a Matt Ritchie corner and City going close through Lee Tomlin, Hordor Magnusson and Jonathan Kodjia. Sky Sports reported that the match was played out in front of 22, 512 fans - Ashton Gate's biggest for 26 years.
Bristol City's Lee Tomlin in action with Newcastle United's Isaac Hayden.
Bristol City still lie a respectable 10th in the Sky Bet Champiosnhip, and Johnson will be looking to last year's top scorer Kodjia to find the net, as in the last two league games goals have been hard to come by. But their remain postives with Tammy Abraham having scored both goals in the 2-1 victory over Burton Albion.
Bristol City's Callum O' Dowda in action with Newcastle United's Vurnon Anita.
Johnson told the BBC after the defeat: "There were loads of positives for us. We lost to one quality finish after being caught out by a great ball. We have a bit of work to do with our forward play. The strikers need to know when the ball is going into the box so they can time their movement and we took too many touches at times.
Despite the loss, Bristol City fans were upbeat as they took to Twitter to voice the positives that could be drawn from such a battled performance...
Apart from losing there really wasn't much wrong with that performance #BristolCity— William (@BCFC_Bill) August 20, 2016
Well Newcastle are nothing special. We deserved something from that match today, disappointing. #BristolCity— •Ryan (@19Ryan92) August 20, 2016
Think #BristolCity will do well this season. Well-organised side with good mixture of height and pace. Difficult to break down— Liam Potter (@liampotter98) August 20, 2016
Johnson's side will now look towards their next league game, as they host another of the sides relegated from the Premier League, Aston Villa on Saturday 27th August.
A bullish Newcastle manager Benitez told the BBC: "For me, it was a step forward in the confidence of the players because we now know we can win games with our forward play or by defending strongly.