Goals:

1-0: Perez (30, pounced on the loose ball after Stech had failed to hold Gayle’s free-kick)

2-0: Perez (36, on hand at the back post to force over the line after Stech had saved Gayle’s downward header)

3-0: Shelvey (39, side-footed into the bottom left corner after meeting Gayle’s perfect pass)

3-1: Hylton (49, rounded Woodman who had raced out of his goal and then tapped into an empty net)

Bookings: Hylton (29, foul); Shelvey (62, foul); Hayden (67, foul)

Sending-off: None

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Preston) – did well to let the game flow even if he should really have cautioned Hylton for a second half shove on Manquillo. 7

Attendance: 47,069

Entertainment: ***

Newc Luton

Shots on 6 2

Shots off 14 5

Corners 6 6

Offsides 2 2

Fouls 5 9

NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-2-3-1):

5 Woodman: Would have liked a better first team debut for Newcastle but can still be satisfied;

5 Manquillo: Didn’t look comfortable when he was given the ball a few times in the first half

6 Lascelles: Started strongly enough but a real concern to see him hobble off

7 Clark: Did his bit to keep Luton away from Woodman’s goal more often than not

6 Dummett: The strongest part of the Newcastle defence was down his side;

6 Shelvey: Scored a nice goal, played some nice passes and picked up a caution too

5 Merino: Didn’t influence the game anywhere near as much as he should have;

8 MURPHY: Lively from the start and disappointed not to have scored himself

7 Perez: In the right place at the right time to score two goals from rebounds

6 Ritchie: Involved plenty in the final third and in one of the goals, while flicked Hylton in for Luton;

7 Gayle: Had a part to play in all of the Magpies’ goals without scoring himself

Subs:

Hayden (for Lascelles 36): Cautioned for a wild tackle on Collins. 6

Diame (for Shelvey 71)

Saivet (for Merino 80)

(not used): Darlow (gk), Aarons, Joselu, Haidara.

LUTON TOWN (4-4-2): Stech 5; Justin 6, Mullins 6, Rea 6, Potts 6; Ruddock-Mpanzu 4; Shinnie 7, O Lee 6, Berry 6; Collins 6, HYLTON 8. Subs (not used): Stacey, Cook, Cornick, Gambin, Shea (gk), E Lee, Famewo.

MAN OF THE MATCH: JACOB Murphy – was the liveliest Magpies players throughout the game, trying a few things and won the free-kick for opening goal