Newcastle United finally got a league win today when a brilliant Gabby Obertan individual goal broke the deadlock and was enough to give Newcastle all 3 points in a hard-fought affair.
Gabby Obertan after hitting the winner
And all credit to Gabby Obertan whose career looked over at the end of last season, and he’s fought his way to a starting position in the team, and he will never score a more important goal for Newcastle, and it’s his first for two years – and it was a terrific effort.
So Gabby will get the headline tomorrow – but he deserves them – and he was simply delighted when he scored.
We are still 3rd bottom of the league but are now within one point of four clubs, including Sunderland who lost 8-0 at Southampton, and two points behind Everton and Leicester.
This game didn’t start well for Newcastle and the opening of the turnstiles was delayed, and then the kick-off was delayed by one hour because the giant new video screen had become unsteady in the wind.
Workmen were seen steadying the screen and the game finally got underway at 4:00 pm – one hour behind schedule.
And would you believe it but Cheick Tiote sustained a slight injury in the warm up, and was withdrawn and Vurnon Anita came into the starting line-up.
Add the fact that Newcastle stopped serving food to the journalists in the press room, and there was already lots of news made – and the game hasn’t even kicked off.
Newcastle really have to get their act together and not come across as though they are against journalists and even the fans – some tender loving care is needed at the club – and it was embarrassing the game was delayed for an hour.
Newcastle started the game with purpose, and after only eight minutes Newcastle had a great chance to go ahead as the quickly attacked down the left wing, and the ball came right across the goal to Coloccini, who was wide open about 12 yards out, and he hit the ball wide with his left foot.
It looked easier to score – and that was a golden opportunity missed by Newcastle.
Newcastle were moving forward at every opportunity, but Leicester are known for their quick counter-attacks.
On 22 minutes Leicester had a very good chance, when Matty James failed to put the ball home, and then Yoan Gouffran had a decent shot but it was wide.
After 33 minutes a curling Leicester free kick swirled in the wind and beat Tim Krul bu rebounds off a post – a let off for Newcastle.
Half time came and it was 0-0 and a bit of a scrappy with both sides having come close,
There were no changes made at the break.
On 50 minutes the energetic Sissoko put in a good shot that was blocked and the ball looped wide of the goal for a corner.
After 52 minutes it was a terrible miss from Papiss Cisse of all people, as he latched onto a back pass, rounded the goalkeeper but then hit the ball into the side netting – a shocking miss by Cisse.
That’s the second golden chance missed by Newcastle with Colo missing an open goal after only 8 minutes.
A minute later a good free kick from Jack Colback saw goalkeeper Schmeichel just deflect the ball wide for a corner – a good effort from the local lad.
On 59 minutes on came Perez for Anita.
And then after 71 minutes there was a quick breakaway by Newcastle and Papiss Cisse, and the ball was given to that confidence player on the left wing – Gabby Obertan – and the Frenchmen drifted inside looking for a shot and then he hit a fantastic right foot shot into the bottom of the net to put Newcastle ahead.
A great goal by Obertan after a quick breakaway.
Perez was showing up really well with various goot runs, and on 85 minutes he made a great run into the box from the right wing, and chipped the ball into the box to Cisse, who headed the ball straight at the goalkeeper – when he should have scored and put the game out of reach of Leicester City.
Leicester’s record buy Leonardo Ulloa was clean through on goal as they looked for the equalizer, but he mis-controlled the ball, and then Tim Krul made a very good save from Drinkwater as he blocked the shot.
And as might be expected it was a nervy finish to the game – and we were well aware Newcastle gave away a win in the 5th minute of stoppage time against Crystal Palace – but the lads held out for a very important first win of the season.
Gabby Obertan deserves enormous credit today for scoring that vital goal in front of an excellent crowd of just short of capacity at 51,866.
It was a good win and hopefully the 3 points will give our players lots of confidence for the future.
Teams and stats:
Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, S Taylor, Dummett (Haidara, 72); Sissoko, Colback, Anita (Perez, 59); Obertan, Cisse, Gouffran (Cabella, 90). Subs not used: Elliot, Ferreyra, Abeid, Armstrong.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, James, Albrighton (Vardy, 56), Schlupp (Nugent, 56), Moore, Cambiasso (Knockaert, 79), Ulloa. Subs not used: Hamer, Hammond, King, Wasilewski.
Goals: Obertan 71
Bookings: Moore 22, De Laat 28, Ulloa 34
Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
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