Nile Ranger took his chance in injury time with style, even though he had earlier missed an easier chance to put Newcastle 2-0 up.
Nile Ranger – second goal of the season
A delighted Nile Ranger told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I was just glad to do it and seal the game for the fans, they were brilliant, not only turning up and there being nearly 40,000 here but they stayed with us for the game, so to do that for them was amazing.”
“It seems like it has been a while, I haven’t scored since the Coventry game but to score at St James’ Park was amazing.”
“It’s everybody’s dream to do it and score for Newcastle United here.” “And to do it as an 18-year-old is just amazing.”
It was noticeable that in the short spell Nile was playing alongside Wayne Routledge there was clear telepathy between the two players, and Wayne looked quite impressive on the right wing.
“I got told to just go on there and kill the game, Chris just told me to give it my all as usual.”
“Wayne Routledge is a good player, he’s been at a few clubs and has the experience.” “He saw me make that run and he’s picked me out very nicely.”
“I just had to keep my cool.” “When I went clean through I thought I was going to lose control at one stage, but I composed myself and found the finish.”
Ranger has demonstrated enormous promise for the Newcastle club of course, but now he needs to start doing what he did last night, and that is to score goals.
And his wise-crack team-mates had been calling him Nil Ranger – so he’s now got over that one.
Nile went on:
“It’s killed off the jibes from my team-mates again.”“They were starting to come back at me with a few cheeky comments but I’m proud to score and silence them again for a bit.”
Nile offers speed up front for the team, and we have to hope that the London youngster continues his phenomenal progress of the last 18 months since he was signed from Southampton.
And his manager Hughton reflected after the game:
“It was a wonderful finish.” “He could have panicked but, credit to him, he kept his cool and it was a relief to see it go in.”
“He had the chance with the header a little bit earlier so he’s done well to come back from that and take his next chance.”
“I’m pleased for him because he came on and gave us something we needed which was a little bit of legs and, in the end, has made sure of the points for us.”
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