We were a little bit surprised that Luuk de Jong started the game on Sunday on the bench against Aston Villa, with Papiss Cisse getting the nod from manager Alan Pardew, but when Luuk did come on with less than 20 minutes to play he made a good contribution.
Luuk de Jong – made a good contribution when he came on
With two minutes to go in normal time he cut the ball back to Loic Remy, but Loic hit the post when he probably should have scored, but then in added time the ball was in the box and Luuk had a shot deflected to Remy, and the rest is history, as Loic put the ball in the back of the net with great skill, and St, James’ Park, the players and the coaching staff just simply erupted.
This is what Luuk told the Shields Gazette today:
“It was really important to win at home, especially for the fans.” “They pushed us on in the last five or 10 minutes and that helped us.”
“We created some good chances and eventually at the end we scored the goal.” “Everyone is happy as we hadn’t won for a few games.”
“We were afraid they may score on the counter near the end, but we also have to say that our defense and Tim Krul were really good.”
“We were a little bit unlucky when Remy’s shot hit the post, which would have given me an assist. “In the end, though, we won the game, and it was a good finish by Remy.”
In truth the game could have gone either way in those last 10 minutes, as Aston Villa were always dangerous on the counter-attack, but the defense held firm – with Mike Williamson and Fab Coloccini looking very solid at the back, and they make a good combination for Newcastle.
And it was only the second win in the last ten games for Newcastle, but it will give our lads confidence when they visit Hull City on Saturday – and another 3 points in that game would be terrific.
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