Obertan The Hero In First Newcastle League Win


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.

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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And would you believe it but Cheick Tiote sustained a slight injury in the warm up, and was withdrawn and Vurnon Anita came into the starting line-up.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)
Attendance: 51,866

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30 comments so far

  • NUFCJackW

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #1

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    * NUFCJackWOctober 18, 2014
    Leicester were shocking today, the fact we only just won today is terrible. Now, having said that, we could, and SHOULD, have scored at least four goals if, col and cisse took there chances. If i remember correctly im sure leicester only had 2 proper chances, but that was because they were poor.
    Even though our overall play wasnt entertaining and dire a lot of the time, there were a few posatives:
    Our counter attacking play was very good.
    Krul was alert when had to be.
    Cisse getting into good positions and being found (2nd half).
    We also had some good performances with the likes of obertan, perez and even taylor playing well.
    They were also negatives like most of the first half, our passing was abysmal and we hoofed it up too much. Krul’s distribution is absolutely shocking.
    Am i happy with how we played overall ? No, but i was happy with a few players and the win. All be it it does save pardew his job.
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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #2

    When it comes to playing football, movement on the field and attacking, I am close to Johan Cruyff’s philosophy,”

    De Boer himself gave a short summary of what his (and Ajax’s) philosophy is like: “Defending starts with the forwards. When we lose the ball, we don’t stop playing. We start to press the opponent in order to get the ball back as quickly as possible. Press left, right, from in front, from behind, all over. That’s what I say to my players”. He continues: “Saving energy is something you do when you have the ball, not when you don’t have it. When you have the ball, play it calmly around, take a breather and then start with a new attack.”

    “Football is a team sport,” De Boer said. “With (only) a great striker you don’t become champion, you do it all together. Our strength is that we are not dependent on one person.”

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    All De Boer quotes. Common sense, thoughtful and team based, not defending and hoping something comes off from one of the forwards and capitulating when Remy is not there.

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  • manxpie

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #3

    how come you dont post them stats every day in every post ?

    it took a few months for pardew to get a number 2 let alone a coaching team!

    but carry on with ya campaign witch i feel is laughable especially when as much effort and money could have been directed at the owner 10 fold especially with his dodgy company that is plastered all over the stadium and that every fan can get behind!

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  • Levi

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #4

    iv been in southampton this week so got myself a ticket for the mackem game, its been a great day 🙂

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  • manxpie

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #5

    laurent well lets see wat he says in the prem

    i’m sure ive heard the same from poyet and pochitinio
    how are they doing right now with superior investment after being bigged up?

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  • manxpie

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #6

    levi = jammy bersteward!!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #7

    1st win of the season, give pardew a new 6 year deal, tactics spot on.

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  • Catchy's Pet Lip

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #8

    So it is, my fate is sealed, attached to Catchy whose blood congeals, at the sound of the proper fan chanting: “Obertan, Obertan, Obertan!”, their lips dancing 🙁

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #9

    The only bit of quality in that entire match was Obertan’s goal. The rest of it was dross. Spurs away could be a real problem for us, let alone Liverpool at home. Enjoy the points mates because there won’t be many more for a while now. 🙁

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  • manxpie

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #10

    laurent a serious question
    do you believe ashley will appoint a manager and coaching team that will take us forward?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #11

    No doubt some will moan about our win even about getting the three points.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Manx, Pardew is a short term problem, fatty is long term. If you can’t see that, then you need to open your eyes.

    Those players are quite capable of playing better football, but they are clueless as a team. That is Pardew’s fault, not Ashley’s. His faults are of a different kind.

    You need someone with money to come and buy the club from Ashley, with Pardew it’s easier to get rid.

    Both of them are as bad as each other in their own way.

    Were you at the T4C march, Manx? Or any of the other active demonstrations? Or do you talk the talk but do nothing about it?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #13

    And now the big news! We’ve managed a loan player. Yes, you guessed it mates! It’s Cyril Hardplums coming in from the Colchester Quibblers. More well know for his billiards play and a noted west end lounge lizard, Cyril will add some much needed punch up front. 😯

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Did anyone actually notice Gouffy was on the pitch today? He’s been ruined by the Pardew management style. It’s a good thing we’ve got Hardplums coming in.

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  • Graeme

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Manxpie @ 10 – it would be the cheapest and most cost effective way to inmprove the squad we have and create a team out of it.

    Unfortunately, it would seem P45DUE is damn well bombproof!!!!!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Next newcastle manager will not be better than pardew.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Manx, you don’t know who he’ll bring in, neither do I. They will be hard pushed to be worse than Pardew’s atrocious record though.

    Fear of who MAY come in is pathetic.

    The fat man will probably just keep his puppet in anyway.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Well as nothing much as happened today.

    Q: Why does Humpty Dumpty love autumn?
    A: Because Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

    Did you get it.

    Ha ha ha

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #19

    Happy with the result but we are still in the bottom three and have some really hard fixtures coming up .

    As for the game it was same old same old Pardew dross and we should have been 1 down at half time .

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #20

    We’ll be much better up front with Mook and Hardplums. Get ready to RUMMMBLLLE!!!!

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  • manxpie

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #21

    laurent so sacking a part of the main problem is only prolonging the main problem ffs especially with his record which shows everyone including you which you seem to forget for some reason!!

    but again carry on lad ffs see ya next year with you and i saying the same thing lol

    there should be a sackashley campaign not a sack the manager

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Sorry not getting it at all welshie. Is that Welsh you’re speaking again?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 18, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #23

    Can anybody really say they understand welshie?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Rydych chi mor ddwl fel brws gwallt welshie.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #25

    GeordieTwo

    When you mean not getting it, is that the joke or do you mean in the bedroom.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 18, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Well GeordieTwo considering I’m saying it all in English perhaps you can’t read properly, I’m not being funny but I have got to put subtitles on trying to understand your accent.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 18, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #27

    My friend thinks he is smart. He told me an onion is the only food that makes you cry, so I threw a coconut at his face.

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  • Mag52

    Oct 18, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #28

    No doubt there’ll be a lot of criticism on here over the next few days about how poor Leicester were, how lucky we were, how we only won with a moment of brilliance by Obertan etc.etc. All this to deflect from the fact that, again under huge pressure, the team performed for the manager. We could (should) have scored a couple more goals, the better team won and all credit to Gabby Obertan who, unlike a certain compatriot of his who went into a long strop when he was left out of the team, persevered, clearly spent time in the gym., came back from the summer break fired up and is now beginning to show the sort of form that Fergie saw when he signed him up as a young man.

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  • g.s.tooner

    Oct 18, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #29

    I think up until the goal we were a classic example of a team playing with zero confidence. No one knew where the goals were coming from, no one was sure when we were getting our first win.

    It doesnt matter how we got it, we got it. We have some momentum, something to build on. I think that in our last few seasons we have played better against the bigger clubs so bring on tottenham and liverpool

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  • Jarra

    Oct 19, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #30

    g.s toner you make good points in what you say, yes I also agree we seem to dig in harder against the bigger teams. But I worry about the comment that we have some momentum to build on as I am sure that’s what Poyet said to them down the road after they beat Stoke and we all know what happened next. Think we all agree its going to be a long season and already they who run the club have tuned us into hoping we get a mid table finish, which is as far as their ambition goes.

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