Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was delighted with the performance of his side tonight in beating a good Club Brugge side 1-0 at St. James’ Park to record our 10th successive home win in European competition.
Obertan being congratulated after great goal
Newcastle essentially played a second eleven against the Club Brugge first team, but still came away with all 3 points, and some of our younger players were outstanding.
Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson both had good games, but it looks like out Man of the Match will be Gabby Obertan, who scored a great goal that was set up brilliantly by young Sammy.
We also saw a confident Obertan continually take on the Brugge defenders, and he was just too quick and too skillful for them, and he had another excellent game for Newcastle.
This is what Alan Pardew told ESPN after the game tonight:
“It was a great performance because that’s a good team.” “They keep the ball very, very well and that’s why they’re top of the league, they’ve got experience in the team.”
“But our young players shone tonight and that’s what it was about. I showed faith in them because they’ve been doing it on the training ground.” “Do it on the training ground and you’ve got a chance of performing on the big stage and Sammy and Fergie have been terrific in training and they took it into the game and that’s perfect for a manager.”
“This is a guy (Obertan) that everybody thinks is 26, 27 because he’s been in the English game so long.” “He’s hardly played any games, he’s still only 23. He has a fantastic future and the last two European games we owe him a big debt because we wouldn’t have won without him.”
“He’s been terrific for us and hopefully he’ll play a bigger part in the Premier League as we go along.”
It was certainly an excellent result, although once Newcastle scored, Club Brugge to their credit came at Newcastle – and if they had the luck of a Sunderland for example – they would have equalized.
But they didn’t, and Newcastle now have two wins and a draw in their first three Group D games.
A great job done by the lads tonight, and they deserve great credit.
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