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​LOAN WATCH: Newcastle striker Gayle breaks goal drought in inspired West Brom win

Dwight Gayle netted his 17th goal of the season in West Bromwich Albion's inspirational come-from-behind 3-2 win over Birmingham City.

The 28-year-old striker, on loan from Newcastle, finally broke his scoring drought in Friday night's win over their local rivals.

Gayle's last goal came as far back as 9 games previous, on the 2nd of February away at Stoke City, a game prior to his 2-game ban for simulation.

Gayle had chances in the first half, most notably missing a free header inside the 6-yard-box from a whipped-in Chris Brunt corner right on the stroke of half-time.

However his goal finally came in the 47th minute when the Baggies won a free kick 30 yards from goal. Chris Brunt's dangerous delivery found Gayle in the box who's glancing header found its way into the back of the net, levelling the scores at 1-1.

Speaking after the game about the goal Gayle stated: "It's been a long time coming, it has been a frustrating few months for myself in front of goal...you could see with my celebration it was almost a bit of relief...hopefully I can go on a little run now and help the team".

Baggies manager Jimmy Shan spoke after the match on Gayle's performance: "Dwight brings more to the party than just goals, his ability to penetrate and stretch the back four, his transition and ability to press and stop them building from the back is outstanding; second to none."

On the goal he commented: "It was a fantastic little guider, fantastic little touch and (I'm) hoping that will springboard him to the end of the season to start scoring many more".

Gayle will be looking to add to his goal tally in the final seven games of the season in order to help the Baggies press for promotion back to the Premier League.


Video Courtesy of West Bromwich Albion

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