This was a massive win for Newcastle – make no mistake about it – because wins bring the confidence back to the players and the team, and yes – we may have been a little lucky with the sending off of Figueroa after 13 minutes – but it was a definite penalty and then a no brainer for the sending off, because the Wigan man was the last man and stopped a Newcastle goal scoring opportunity.
Gael Bigirimana after scoring sensational goal – I did it – I scored
We were a little surprised after the game that the Wigan manager and players thought it was a harsh decision, but it was only harsh in that it spoiled the game, as has happened a lot this season in the Premier League with players being sent off.
But we were due some luck and we got it, and in those first 12 minutes Newcastle looked good and ready for the game, and were closing Wigan down well, and of course after Demba Ba’s penalty conversion it was fairly easy sailing to our first win in the last eight games.
We needed the win very badly, and Alan Pardew had no doubts after the game it was a big win for the lads:
“It’s a massive win for us. We knew we needed three points.” “The pressure was on us, but we took the invention we had at Stoke and took it on really well.”
“It’s been hard with injuries and losing games, it’s a new experience for us but I think we’re coping well. We need to stick together and show what a quality team we are.”
And the game was put beyond any doubt after 71 minutes when Gael Bigirimana hit a wonderful left foot shot high into the back of the net, for his first ever goal for Newcastle, and his first in the Premier League – in fact it was his first goal in first class football since in the 28 games he played for Coventry he never scored.
Alan Pardew was speechless at what he saw from the just-turned 19 year-old, who seems another bargain buy by Newcastle:
“I was just speechless.” “When I scored I was thinking ‘Wow, I have scored in the Premier League. It’s my first ever as a professional’.”
If you haven’t yet seen the goal yet – here it is – and Bigi is going to become a big player for Newcastle – just wait and see.
Howay The Lads!!
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