James Milner had to make do with a place on the bench against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night after Sam decided to start Emre to add creativity to the center of the Newcastle midfield.
But the 21-year-old came off the bench to score his first goal of the season for the Magpies, and what a strike it was, and with his left foot.
James Milner – being assaulted by Oba Martins after scoring on Monday night 😀
That goes with his first goal of the season for England Under-21s against Ireland last week. James had been an ever present in the league this season starting every one of Newcastleâ€™s previous 8 league games. Milner said:
“I was just the same as normal â€“ every time you step out on to a football field you give it your best.â€ “It doesn’t matter whether you are on the bench or you start, you always give your all.â€
“It was nice to get off the mark, but the main thing was the three points.â€Â “It was another tough game for us at home, but we seem to be grinding out the results.”
“When we’re going through a rough spell, we’re getting a goal and getting into that winning mentality.” “Now we want to transfer that into our away games.”
It was a solid win on Monday night because Spurs had been unbeaten in their previous 6 games and were starting to show some kind of form and were expected to test Newcastle, because they certainly needed all 3 points. But in the end Newcastle won fairly comfortably on the back of 3 good opportunist goals from Martins, Cacapa and of course Milner.
“You look down their team-sheet and you know they have a lot of quality players.â€ “It’s always going to be tough against them. The main thing was getting a result after the international break.â€
“And we need to take this form, confidence and winning mentality into the away games now.â€ “It’s nice to be in the top eight. It keeps us in touch and back to back wins will hopefully move us up the table again on Saturday.”
James has been in good form again this season but quite honestly nearly all our players near the top the their game for new manager Sam Allardyce, who just seems to magically get the best out of every player in his squad. It will be good to see more of Emre and Barton in the games ahead – and we’ll be able to see if thy can provide that spark of creativity in the middle of the field for us.
That’s one thing that could do with some improvement and more clean sheets would also be good. A good time to start will be Saturday at Reading where we expect Emre to start and Barton to be introduced at some stage during the game.
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