Yoan Gouffran had a very good first game for Newcastle last night, as he lined up on the left side of the front three – and showed both speed and skill in his new number 11 Newcastle shirt.
Yoan Gouffran – will wear the famous number 11 shirt at Newcastle
And Gouffran starred in the first half, when Newcastle looked a great side and were well worth their 2-0 half time lead, but as so often happens these days, the second half was a different game – and Aston Villa went at Newcastle and gave our lads everything the could handle – but we held out for a terrific and vital 3 points. This is what Yoan said on the Newcastle web-site after the game last night:
“It was a fantastic game for us.” “The manager really prepared us well in understanding the importance of this game.” “We knew it was going to be a battle but we all wanted to come away from here with a victory, and that’s what we did. We battled hard for it and deserved the three points.”
“We made a great start. To go two-up before half-time we felt pretty comfortable.” “However, we knew that in English football you can never relax because the team who is behind doesn’t give in.” “Aston Villa pulled one back but we defended well and worked really hard for the result. This was a great lesson for us.” “The fans were magnificent, absolutely superb.” “You just don’t get that sort of support in France. It really helped us and was amazing to see. I hope they are like that every week!”
Yoan is referring there to the 2500 faithful and dedicated Newcastle fans who went down to Villa Park for the game last night, and they made themselves heard alright – these guys and gals are the salt of the earth for Newcastle United.
And one really pleasing thing about the second half is that our lads fought like lions – and certainly you cannot criticize the team spirit in the squad – which seems as good as it’s ever been.
The lads were simply magnificent in that first half – and that’s something to build on – but we struggled in that second half – but the 3 points are so important – and it will give our lads the confidence to build on this vital win – and our very first away win of the season.
Roll on the Chelsea game on Saturday afternoon.
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