Games at lower league teams are never easy – just ask Manchester United who were thrashed 4-0 at the MK Dons, but Newcastle were quite comfortable;e in winning 1-0 at Gillingham, although we again found it difficult to put the ball in the net.
A relaxed Alan Pardew tonight
It was own goal from former Sunderland center-back John Egan after 25 minutes that was enough for the Magpies to progress.
Alan Pardew was happy with both the result and the performance:
“The scoreline didn’t really reflect our dominance.” “I’ve been here many times as a manager, I’ve played here, done a lot of scouting here when I was at Charlton and Crystal Palace as a player.”
“It’s a very, very difficult place to come.” “And yet we controlled the game more or less all the way through.” “I’m pleased but a bit frustrated we didn’t score more than the one.”
“They gave up a lot of space in midfield to play that extra centre-half.” “It was difficult to penetrate their three center-halves.” “But I can’t be disappointed, I thought our application to the game was great.”
“The two center-halves typified that, particularly the skipper.” “Absolute respect was what we showed Gillingham tonight, and that’s how you get wins at places like this.”
Fab Coloccini had a very good game, and the Argentine used all his experience to keep the Newcastle defense steady at the back, and Steven Taylor was solid, when he needed to be.
It was a good win for the lads, and now if we can get a win on Saturday at home to Crystal Palace, then we’ll have made a very decent start to the season and can even enjoy the International break.
But we have to get better in the final third of the pitch if we are to beat Palace.
Note: Kieron Hubbuck will be participating in the Great North Run this year for the MNDA, the Motor Neurone Disease Association or ALS – which is an incurable disease. Kieron’s Aunt was diagnosed with MNDA some months back, and that’s one reason Kieran is attempting to raise funds.
You can contribute to MNDA on Kieron’s Just Giving page. Thanks.
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