It was masseur Micky Holland who Yohan Cabaye ran towards, after scoring the dramatic winner for Newcastle on Saturday.
Yohan Cabaye’s superb goal after 81 minutes against Wigan
It was Yohan’s first goal for Newcastle although he’s come close a few times, but it was enough to give Newcastle all 3 points and after Manchester United and Chelsea were both beaten yesterday, it means that Newcastle gained 3 points on those top clubs.
They are now level with Chelsea on 19 points and just one point behind second placed Manchester United.
This is what Yohan said to the local press today:
“Ever since I’ve been here before every game he has told me I’m going to score a goal and I haven’t,” “When I arrived on Saturday I went up to him and said don’t say anything. Don’t tell me I’m going to score a goal.”
“Just say nothing to me, don’t talk to me before the game, we will talk after the game.” “And look what happened, he kept quiet and I scored my first goal for Newcastle!”
“It was an important goal for the team, we are getting used to looking at the league table and seeing ourselves in fourth place and it still feels good,”
“We are working so hard in the match and on the training pitch. This is a good team, although against Wigan I thought we were lucky.”
“We will work hard to stay near the top of the league. In this league it is never easy beating anyone. They will feel they did enough but luck was on our side.”
“To have 19 points after nine games is very good. There is nothing lucky about that. It is a good sign winning games like this and Wolves when we are not at our best.”
“To do well in a season you have to win games in different ways. The spirit of the team is very good, you can see that.”
After the game Cabaye was interviewed by nufcTV and it was in English too, and while Yohan struggled just a little bit with his English, it was not too bad after only being on Tyneside since June, and he was smiling all the time.
Cabaye has a great relationship with the Newcastle fans, which of course will only get better as the 25 year-old scores more goals, and he’s certainly been another excellent signing for the Newcastle club.
And Newcastle fans were singing his name at the end, in a song originally created for the great Philippe Albert, but it turns out he couldn’t make out the words:
“I already have a good feeling with these fans and that is why at the end of the game I went round applauding them,” “They have made me feel very welcome here and that has helped me settle in quickly.”
“I have a good relationship with them already but I don’t understand the song they sing about me!”
It’s no mistake that Yohan Cabaye has fitted in superbly at Newcastle, as we learned yesterday about all the work that is done on a player who is a Newcastle target, and that’s one of the most impressive things about the club right now, although being in 4th place and having players like Cabaye is the side isn’t too bad either.
As Alan Pardew rightly said after the game, to hit a ball first time into the net like Yohan did on Saturday, takes tremendous skill and technique – it was a goal that deserved to win the game, even though Newcastle carried a bit of luck on Saturday in that first half.
But as Yohan so rightly says, it’s not just because of luck to have 19 points from the first 9 league games.
Howay The Lads!!