As we had hoped, the Evening Chronicle has come out with some great interviews with the Newcastle players this afternoon, after the Magpies’ magnificent and memorable win at Stamford Bridge last night in the Carling Cup.
Nile Ranger – after scoring his goal last night
And one of those interviews is with our up-and-coming 19 year-old striker Nile Ranger, who lost the ball and was dispossessed for Chelsea’s first goal, and he admits to being distraught about the mistake.
But then came back and got Newcastle’s reply when he blind-sided former Newcastle loan player Patrick van Aanholt, and rammed the ball into the back of the net.
Nile told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We’ll play anybody now.” “We’re just so pleased to be through and it’s fantasy football almost to be knocking out Chelsea.” “It was a night we’ll never forget.” “We knew it would be a big night for us youngsters but we didn’t expect that in our wildest dreams.” “We knew the youngsters would get a chance and I think we’ve taken it.”
“I was pleased with the way it went of course, but thank God I scored.” “For the first goal I didn’t have a look up and the ball was nicked from me and then they scored.” “I was distraught. I didn’t know what I was going to do for the rest of the game, but all I knew was that I had to keep my head up.” “The best possible way to reply was to score, so I was pleased to stick it in the net.”
“We couldn’t believe that Chelsea came back. My heart stopped when they got the penalty.” “We had worked so hard but to see the ref point to the spot killed me.” “Everybody is always at it here, though, and we kept at it and we didn’t give it up, so it was great to see Shola score for us at the end.”
Ranger comes from London of course, and was signed from Southampton in August of 2008, and he had his family and friends in the stands at Chelsea:
“To get a win like that at Stamford Bridge is amazing for me being a London lad. It makes it even more special because I had a lot of family in the stands who were there to see it.”
“I will remember the goal for the rest of my life.” “I’m sure it will do me no harm but, as I’ve always kept saying, I will just keep going and working hard.” “I hope there are more chances, but nothing is a given, I have to keep working.” “It’s hard when you are not playing, but you get on with it.”
“To stay in the Carling Cup was vital for lads like me this season.” “To be honest, it would probably have been it for some of us for a long while.”
Nile had a good game on the right wing, where his speed and size make him a difficult player to contain, although his best position is probably still as an out and out striker.
But Shola and Nile were two big guys who caused the Chelsea defense all kinds of problems last night – there’s no doubt about that.
And Nile we know is being well schooled by Chris Hughton, and hopefully he will turn into a model professional, and if Nile keeps his head down and follows what Chris and the rest of the coaches tell him at the Newcastle club – he’ll not go too far wrong.
Keep it up Nile!