Just watch the highlights. There is Gareth Bale and no one else. In a classic understatement one of the commentators said, "Formidable." A one man wrecking crew. For those who want to know, Emmanuel Adebayor was on the pitch after his post Africa Cup dithering around but he might as well not been. Bale very pointedly ignored him as the Togolese was reduced to a passenger for most part. Check that second goal as Bale blows past three Newcastle defenders AND Adebayor.
Yoan Gouffran's goal for the Magpies was quite spectacular but it wasn't enough. The Frenchman had to leave after Kyle Walker's studs left a nasty gash on his shin. The question was how many Bale let offs would be there because he appeared to be in a particularly unforgiving mood. He is sealing his Real Madrid deal because with each performance like this his asking price goes up by a few million and that suits a master negotiator like Daniel Levy just fine.
Yoann Cabaye had a forgettable match following his return. That studs up stamp on Moussa Dembele's ankle looked pretty sickening. Amazed that he remained on the pitch.