The video screen wasn’t secured well enough yesterday and that caused a delay in the kickoff of the game against Leicester for an hour, Cheick Tiote was injured in the warm up and had to be replaced by Vurnon Anita, and the news was also coming through that Newcastle had stopped providing food for the journalists in the press room – and all that happened before the game even kicked off yesterday. 🙁
Gabby Obertan rifling home yesterday in great style – yes!!!
So all the ingredients were there for Newcastle to be hammered if we failed to win yet again yesterday, but the lads stuck in and although it was close, we were the better side, and in the end we deserved the three points, but we also missed some easy chances during the game.
It’s not surprising that Alan Pardew was a relieved man at the final whistle – weren’t we all – and after the winner it was a rare sight for Mike Ashley to go into the dressing room after the game, and personally congratulate the players and manager after the first league win of the season.
That was a nice touch by Ashley, and maybe he should do that more often – to show he’s just human – like the rest of us.
This is what a relieved Alan Pardew said after the game:
“‘I was so pleased Gabby got the goal and it capped a great display.” ‘He’s a player who needs to build his own self-confidence.”
“He’s been terrific for us this season. I had a feeling he could still be a great player. He’s still young but he needs to deliver.”
‘He’s a player where the environment needs to be centered on him. When we finished fifth he played a big part, and I never forgot that. Being young, sometimes you have to wait.”
‘But right now he warrants his place in the team.”
Fans have to remember Gabby only turned 25 in February, so he is still young as Alan says, and he had the potential for Manchester United to buy him from Bordeaux when he was only 20 years old in the summer of 2009 – so there’s no doubt he has the ability – but needs to become more consistent in his performances.
But as Alan says he’s been great for us so far this season, when other players haven’t been – so he’s doing a job for Newcastle right now – a good job and our hats are off to him.
Gabby deserves the accolades he is receiving today. 😀
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