Dwight Gayle says Newcastle are there to be shot at as they target history

Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their first goal against Leeds United

Newcastle United will go in search of their 10th consecutive win in all competitions when they face Blackburn Rovers this weekend.

Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle scores their second goal

Newcastle United forward Dwight Gayle has told the Chronicle it would be nice for the side to make history on Saturday, but has said the Championship's league leaders are there to be shot at.

The Magpies take on Blackburn Rovers at St James' Park on Saturday knowing that win would mean 10 straight victories, overtaking Kevin Keegan's side from the 1990's in the process.

Gayle told the Chronicle: “It will be nice to make history.

“But the main goal for us at the end of the day is to get promoted at the end of the season.

“Of course we are confident, but this is where we have to be even more switched on. Teams are wary of us and we are there to be shot at.”

All good patches of form come to an end but Newcastle will be hoping that will not be the case just yet as they look to maintain the momentum they have generated in recent weeks.

Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their first goal

Their run of form has seen them go five points clear of Brighton & Hove Albion at the top of the Championship - and nine points clear of the play-off places in the process - but they will want to ensure they maintain their good run going into the EFL Cup quarter-final against Hull City that follows just a few days after their meeting with Blackburn. 

Gayle talks about the side not wanting to be complacent, something their manager Rafa Benitez will be keen to emphasise ahead of the game and in the weeks ahead. Newcastle have firmly taken control of things in the Championship and will want to keep their foot on the gas as the season continues. 

Winning at the weekend would allow everyone associated with the club to enjoy their trip to Humberside next week, where they look to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup. 

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez shakes hands with Matt Ritchie after the game

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