There were a lot of Newcastle heroes in the 3-2 win today against Chelsea, and one of them was our new striker/winger Yoan Gouffran, whose pacy surge through the middle set up the second goal, as his well hit shot was well saved by goalkeeper Cech, but a certain Mr. Moussa Sissoko swept the rebound into the back of the net after 69 minutes to draw Newcastle level – and Sissoko’s second goal on 90 minutes, brilliantly set up by Davide Santon, sealed an incredible win for the Magpies.
Yoan Gouffran in action this afternoon
In the last 20 minutes of this game both sides were looking for the winner, and it was really end-to-end stuff – and it was one of the most exciting games seen at St. James’ Park for a long time – and in front of a sell-out crowd.
The French players in the side did Newcastle proud, with all of them having very good games – and if Newcastle were a popular club in France before this game – the lads are going to be even more popular with this fantastic and gutsy performance.
This is what new boy Yoan Gouffran said immediately after the game on the Newcastle web-site::
“It was an incredible atmosphere and I think the most important factor was the fans. They kept behind us and when we went behind, we kept fighting and we had that belief that we could nick another goal – and that’s what happened.” “That is important: the belief that you can achieve something bigger.”
“When they scored the second goal, that came as a surprise to us but we kept fighting, we kept the spirit and then we scored the winning goal. That’s why we’re happy today and that’s what we’re here for – to work hard and to get wins.” “It’s a team game.” “Most importantly, I count on my ability to run with the ball and maybe score a few goals along the way, but I’m happy with the performance.
“When I took up the Newcastle jersey, I said to the club ‘I’m going to give 100 per cent’ and that’s what happened today. The most important thing for me is just to keep playing with my ability and make sure I play for the whole team.” “I’m happy with the three points. The lads pulled it off and the most important thing is to keep up that spirit.”
“Overall it was a good performance – let’s keep it up.” “When I first came, everybody wanted all the French players to do well for the team and I think again against Tottenham, it’s going to be a similar game.” “But we just have to believe as we did against Chelsea, and hopefully we can do something great there.”
Excellent words there from Yoan – and certainly Newcastle’s great team spirit was very apparent today.
Newcastle have won their last two games and we are now 6 points off the drop zone, which is 4 points better off than we were after the Reading defeat.
And we have also gained 5 points on Sunderland in the last couple of games, with the Black Cats going down 2-1 to another late winner from Jimmy Kebe at the Madejski Stadium this afternoon – this time in the 85th minute.
All Newcastle have to do now is win as many games as possible over the remaining 13 games of the season (it’s easy really) – and we may just surprise ourselves – we are currently 7 points out of 7th place.
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