Alan Pardew’s changes in the second half all seemed to work, and Shola Ameobi scored the vital goal that got us all three points against second bottom QPR, and Gabby Obertan returned from his toe injury and looked good on the left wing, and Sylvain Marveaux also had a good outing and went very close to scoring with a free kick, that whizzed inches past the post.
Gabby Obertan – had a good outing on Saturday
And we think there’s a good possibility that both Shola and Gabby will start at Manchester United, and that will be a welcome start for the Frenchman against his old club, where he will be trying to do well and show them he is a good player.
Not surprisingly Gabby was pleased to be back, and he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site:
“I was looking forward to playing and I’ve got no pain anymore so I’m just pleased to be back.” “There are always places available to fight for in the team, and with the amount of injuries we’ve got at the moment that is no different. So I will be working hard for that.”
“I’ve been out for about six weeks so I need to get match-fit and get my rhythm, but hopefully after one or two games I will be back and be in contention for a starting position.” “Manchester United is going to be a hard game. I don’t focus on old friends I played with or anything like that. For me, it is all about getting us a result.”
“We really need points at the moment and it is that simple.” “We didn’t do ourselves justice against them earlier in the season, conceding from two set-pieces in the early part of the game. Hopefully we will play better on Boxing Day and get at least a point.”
“We have been on a bad streak, we haven’t been good at home and the results have been against us, so it was important to get three points.” “There is nothing better than a win at home.” “We have a difficult run of games coming up so it is good that we have got some in the bag already, and against a team who is behind us in the table as well.”
“In this kind of game, the longer you go without scoring, the harder it gets. But everyone stayed patient and the goal arrived quite late. It was a great goal from Shola and it lifted the whole stadium.”
Good words from Gabby there.
Obertan joined Newcastle in the summer of last year for £3M to get more playing time, and in his two seasons at Manchester United he played only 28 times with one goal, but so far in his second season on Tyneside he has made 39 appearances with two goals, and he’s also missed a lot of games through injury.
Obertan shows signs of becoming a very good player on Tyneside, and it’s great to see him run at those defenders as he did on Saturday, and as we hope he will against his former colleagues at Old Trafford on Wednesday afternoon.
If we can get anything at all out of the game at Old Trafford it will be good news.
Howay The Lads!!
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