Dan Gosling

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Dan Gosling insisted the turnout at Newcastle United's open training session proved once again that the club's fans are "top notch."

Around 5,000 supporters filled the Gallowgate Stand on Friday morning to watch Alan Pardew's team prepare for Monday's game away to Stoke.

And the midfielder - who was injured when a similar event was held last year - admitted that he had not seen anything like it.

"Everyone knows the fanbase up here's top notch, and that was proved today," he told nufc.co.uk.

"It was a great day for them and it's good for us to come out and have an open day.

"If we could do more of that, I'm sure the lads would be happy.

"Obviously the lads had a long 120 minutes on Wednesday night so it was a fairly light session and I'm sure it'll pick up on Saturday.

"We've got a tough game away at Stoke so we don't want to be doing too much over the weekend but the fitness guys here know what to do and I'm sure we'll be just right for Monday."

At the end of the session, Gosling joined Peter Lovenkrands, Sammy Ameobi and Ryan Taylor in a crossbar challenge against lucky Club Members Darren Frazer, Bill Gilroy and David Marshall who won the chance to compete in a nufc.co.uk competition with John Carver making up their team.

And despite Lovenkrands hitting the bar for the players, the fans ran out 3-1 winners.

"It was a bit embarassing, and maybe a bit surprising!," the England under-21 international laughed.

"But it was a good laugh and all fun and games for the crowd, and fair play to the winning team!"