It was a really good goal from Rolando Aarons yesterday and he told Alan Pardew he meant to score, and looking a few times at the video we believe him – he did mean to score.
Peter Beardsley with Rolando Aarons
After Rolando signed his first professional contract earlier this year
This is what Pardew said immediately after the game yesterday:
“Perhaps the real highlight, if I’m honest, of pre-season so far has been Rolando. He was again terrific and it’s nice to see a young player really pushing.”
“I thought he was a real problem today for Schalke and may that continue in terms of his progression.” “Did he mean the goal? He says he did. He looked me straight in the eye and said he did.”
“We started with a much more experienced side today.” “We had been working towards this game. A tournament such as this is difficult for all the managers when you have two games so close.”
“We steered clear of injuries, which I’m happy about. Our performance was average to good.” “We are really pleased with that because it’s a real high-calibre tournament and the best team won.”
“Malaga were better than the other two teams at a technical level.” ” For us to play a different type of game was very useful. It was good experience to play against Malaga and Schalke.”
Take a look at the goal again and watch how Rolando has his eyes only on the goal – and he doesn’t look across to see where the other Newcastle players were positioned.
We think he really meant to score – which makes the goal even more unbelievable.
Now Alan Pardew and our coaches have to keep the young lad’s feet firmly on the ground, and he must know that he still has an awful lot to learn, and if he does that he can then become an excellent player for Newcastle.
And on a positive note – Rolando was just great for us yesterday.
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