Attending St James’ Park for Saturday’s match against Brentford, there was only one question on Newcastle fans’ lips – “Where is Brentford?”

As it turns out, Brentford is a town in West London, not a particularly significant place, although Brentford F.C’s fans certainly intended to be heard on match day.

51,800 people watched Newcastle United control both the first and second half to walk out with a well-deserved 3-1 victory against an in-form side. It took just 11 minutes for Ciaran Clark to find the net with a close range header before United doubled their lead courtesy of the Championship’s leading goalscorer Dwight Gayle. Then, following a clumsy altercation in the box, Newcastle found the net again to give the implication the match was about to turn into a rout, however it was disallowed as Ayoze Perez was ruled to have handled the ball. The game then calmed down in the dying moments of the first half before Dwight Gayle tapped in a second for him and a third for United within five minutes of the second half kicking off. Scott Hogan, of Brentford F.C, then capitalised on Newcastle’s poor defending of a corner to score what in all honesty was a consolation goal.

Saturday’s victory put Newcastle into 2nd place behind promotion rivals Norwich and level with Huddersfield. After an encouraging display, Newcastle will be looking for two more successive wins against Barnsley on Tuesday and Ipswich on Saturday.