Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce praised Emre last night, after the Turkish international midfielder came off the bench to turn the game against Everton in Newcastle’s favor.
It was a tremendous performance from Emre, and just a wonderful strike for the all important second goal.
He came on with Michael Owen after 74 minutes to win the game for the Tynesiders, and while we know Michael will get lots of headlines, let’s ensure Emre gets his just desserts.
Emre, great match winning substitute performance from the Newcastle midfielder
Emre has recently stated that he has no intention of leaving Newcastle and he still has 3 years left on his 5 year contract. He played well for the reserves at Everton last Tuesday night scoring a great goal from a free kick and he produced the goods again, when called on yesterday.
Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce explained:
â€œEmre suffered an injury on international duty and he has struggled ever since.â€ â€œHe came back and played against Barnsley in the Carling Cup but he had to come off in that one as well.â€
â€œBut in the last couple of weeks he has started to show what he is capable of and the skills he can produce for us.â€
Newcastleâ€™s victory was a welcome return to winning ways after two successive defeats away from home to Manchester City and Arsenal. Their home form has been good with 4 wins and a draw in the 5 home games so far this season. Sam sees the next game at St. Jamesâ€™ against Tottenham Hotspur, as being a crucial game as he went on:
â€œItâ€™s a huge game because Spurs are just turning the corner after that 4-4 draw against Aston Villa,” “This was a fantastic result for us and apart from 15 minutes after they scored it was a terrific performance.”
“Our form grows and grows.â€ â€œWe are improving with each game and we scored three terrific goals. I felt it was a well-deserved three points.â€
Everton manager David Moyes backed his players after the game, and to be fair to Everton, they had just had a grueling trip to the Ukraine to get through their first round UEFA Cup tie. They hardly turned up in the first half but came roaring back after the interval to make a real game of it. But Moyes thinks defensive errors were finally his teamâ€™s undoing.
â€œOur performance in the second half meant we deserved something from the game. But the first two goals were poor and the third was a terrible one to give away.â€
We think a Newcastle win was just about right, but this team doesn’t believe in doing things the easy way, do they.
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