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Newcastle hero Gayle: Mitrovic suffocated and head-butted me!

Dwight Gayle has revealed the treatment he received from Newcastle United teammate Aleksandar Mitrovic during unbridled celebrations on Wednesday night.

Gayle scored a hat-trick, including a 96th-minute winner, as the Magpies came from 3-1 down to beat Norwich City 4-3 in the Championship, sparking wild celebrations at St James' Park.

Summer signing Gayle said of Mitrovic's enthusiasm: "He shook my head. He suffocated me and he head-butted me.

"It was like whip-lash - I think he was trying to injure me!

"But he was just as excited as we all were. Those were unbelievable scenes at the end.

"Everything was just a blur for me. Everyone was going mental. It was unbelievable."

The victory saw Rafa Benitez's Toon move back to the third place on the second division table where they sit three points behind leaders Huddersfield Town.

Andrew Slevison
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