All three of Newcastle’s second half substitutes yesterday helped turn the game in Newcastle’s favor over those last 30 minutes – Shola Ameobi scored a wonderful goal to win the game, Gabby Obertan made some threatening runs down the left wing – and Sylvain Marveaux showed some terrific skill and was only inches wide of a post with a great free kick from just outside the box.
Gabby Obertan – looked sharp yesterday
Alan Pardew has already said that Shola saved his Christmas, and Alan also had some good words to say about the two Frenchmen after the game:
“It is difficult for me as manager of such a big football club to express how important it was to win this game.” “The players have brought a feel-good factor into the dressing room and they deserve it. We have done better over the last four or five games and today we got our rewards.”
“I felt we had better option on the bench for this game.” “Sylvain Marveaux has looked a lot crisper, while Gabriel Obertan gives us some pace and is positive.”
Sylvain has been linked in a player exchange deal for Marseilles striker Loic Remy in Jnauary, but maybe Newcastle need to keep him, since he seems to be coming into some good form for the side, and after all – the lad’s had a lot of injuries over the last couple of years, and only now does he seem to be entirely injury free.
It’s good to have Gabby back too, because he gives speed and skill tio our side, and it’s something we need at Newcastle right now.
Both Frenchmen deserve their praise from the manager after putting up a good show once they were brought on yesterday.
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