Antoine Sibierski, who was a real favorite at Newcastle last season when he scored 8 important goals for the club, is doing very well at Wigan Atletic.
Wigan have 6 points from their first 3 games and Antoine has scored 3 times already and is the early leader of the Premier League goalscoring charts, after scoring a penalty in Wigan’s 3-0 win over our arch rivals Sunderland on Saturday.
Antoine Sibiserski – Newcastle fan scores against arch rivals Sunderland
Against Sunderland on Saturday Sibierski scored a 69th minute penalty to send Sunderland skidding to a 3-0 defeat. After his time at Newcastle, where he forged a great relationship with the fans, he is now a self-confessed Geordie fan and only too happy to score against arch rivals Sunderland.
This is what Antoine said after the game.
â€œI heard what the fans were shouting so of course Iâ€™m happy to score against them,â€
â€œI did not want to show them I was upset. They booed me virtually every time I touched the ball but the best way to respond is to play well and, when you play up front like me, to score. Thatâ€™s what I did.â€
â€œNow they are more upset than I ever could have been in the game. Hopefully the Newcastle fans will be pleased to see I scored against Sunderland because I had a great relationship with them during my year there.â€
â€œI will remember them forever so if Iâ€™ve made them happy, itâ€™s so much better. It means a lot to me because Iâ€™m a Newcastle fan.â€
Sibierskiâ€™s second-half penalty was his third goal in as many games for Wigan since joining the Lancashire club on a free transfer from Newcastle.
â€œGlenn Roeder and I agreed last February there would be a two-year contract, but then we started getting some bad results so we decided to wait until May and I would sign then,â€
â€œThen Glenn got the sack one game before the end of the season and the club still agreed about the contract. However it was only one year.â€
â€œHe (then-chairman Freddie Shepherd) also wanted to give me only 40% of my wages and the other 60 based on appearances. If Iâ€™d been injured all year, I could have understood it, but that was not the case.â€
â€œ It was a lack of consideration and respect. I told my agent to tell them I was leaving. I was very sad for a month.â€
Of Sunderland’s performance on Saturday, the 33-year-old Frenchman added:
â€œI donâ€™t think Sunderland played very well and I think they can do better. Maybe they had an off-day.â€
We would have liked to have kept Antoine at Newcastle but he wouldn’t have played too many games and he’s probably better off at Wigan where he will get a lot of games and goals. Antoine will be with the Wigan side on September 1st when they visit St. James Park. Maybe Antoine can have an off day then?
We’ll have to see, but in any case he’ll get a terrific reception from the fans, that’s for sure, and he deserves it.
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