Zurab Khizanishvili had a very good Newcastle debut on Saturday night, and certainly looked the part at right back,
Zurab Khizanishvili – impressive debut on Saturday night
And today Zurab is thanking the fans for their massive support of both him and the team at Ipswich.
The Georgian International talked to the official site today:
“It was my first time playing for Newcastle and my debut couldn’t have gone any better,”
“I was playing in front of our fans in the second-half and their support was fantastic.”
“They were shouting good things to me – one fan even asked how to spell my name, it must be too long!”
“But it was a great experience and I really, really enjoyed it.”
“It was a special game to play in because of the tributes to Sir Bobby Robson and it was the perfect day.”
The on-loan Blackburn Rovers defender played a major role in setting up Newcastle’s fourth goal, with a surging run down the right wing, early in the second half.
He eventually laid the ball back to for Ryan Taylor to deliver onto the head of Nile Ranger whose downward header was headed over the line by hat-trick hero Kevin Nolan.
That was Ryan’s seocnd assist of the game, and he also scored from a great free kick – not a bad night’s work to be sure.
Zurab talked about the goal:
“I must thank the linesman first of all,” “It looked like he was going to get in my way but I managed to run off the pitch and run around him.”
“I then pulled the ball back for Ryan and it was a great cross and a great finish from Kevin Nolan.”
“They were both excellent for us, Ryan’s crossing was very good and Kevin’s goals were excellent.
“It was brilliant win and we’re so happy to be back top of the league.”
We certainly like the look of Khizanishvili, and it could be that the back four on Saturday is our best back four.
But of course Danny Simpson will have something to say about that, when he returns form injury soon – but it’s very good that some competition for places is now building at Newcastle.
We need to bring in another defender who can play at left-back, to give some competition to Jose Enrique.