Villa has recovered a precious thing in its battle to preserve its status as a Premier League when Ahmed Elmohamady arrived at the end of a centre by Conor Hourihane with seven minutes to play.
But Gayle said afterwards that the hosts would have easily been able to do more to keep Villa away.
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He said to NUFC TV (via ChronicleLive): “We know what they bring to the table on coups de theatre, but they obviously have an excellent service. It was a very poor communication because he snuck in to the first post.
“We should do better. But as I said, we got a point and we must move on to Sunday. “
The goals of Gayle in the colours of Albion against Villa in the last mandate included the opening of the first stage of the play-offs at Villa Park, but he missed the return match after having been expelled.
Villa beat the Baggies on penalties and got a promotion against the county of Derby at Wembley.
Gayle has returned to St James ‘Park when his loan has expired, but he had to wait patiently for chances in the team of Steve Bruce.
“This has been a long time “, he said. “I’m just glad to come back and play.
“Me and Andy [Carroll] have been pretty well linked to the training, so it meant a lot to get a help and a purpose.
“It was a setback, but I hope that we can continue to knock at the door of the manager to show that we can help. “