It’s just great that Gabriel Obertan is not only playing well for Newcastle these days, but is also getting the credit he deserves, and maybe Saturday was the pinnacle of his career at Newcastle United, when he scored a terrific goal that gave Newcastle all three points in the league for the first time this season.
Gabby Obertan in action on Saturday
And Mike Ashley joined the players and coaches in the dressing room after the win, and a Newcastle insider told the Chronicle:
“You’d think we’d won a trophy considering the scenes after the game.”
That’s not a bad thing because the players will get to realize that at Newcastle they get the kudos if they stick in for the team and give 100%, which they really have been doing for these last five games.
And we saw some passion from Mike Ashley – maybe for the first time – as it was big news that Mike had spent over 10 minutes in the dressing room after the game thanking everybody for their efforts – that’s also a good thing.
Gabby’s had a tough time of it in the three years he’s spent at Newcastle, but maybe he has turned the corner just a little bit, and he was thrilled after the game:
“I’ve been waiting for a while to score at St James’.” “It’s been a tough season for me last year, and I’m glad to be back in the team and be useful.”
“I kept on working hard.” “It’s easy to train when you’ve got the coaches patting you on the back, but these moments by yourself … you have to work hard and dig deep.”
“I’ve always been confident in my ability. It might be a surprise for some people, but not for me.” “It’s a great feeling at the moment. It’s great – not just for me but for the team.”
“I know it’s been quite frustrating for the fans. I hope the first win gives them something to celebrate.” “We needed that win to get the confidence back, and I think we are going in a good direction right now.”
Certainly his excellent game on Saturday will have given him some confidence, and he’s a certain starter at White Hart Lane next Sunday – and that’s going to be a tough test for the lads.
Gabby has also showed some good character, in being to come back as he has done this season, when it looked like his career on Tyneside was over in May.
We are also buoyed by the spirit we see in the side, and that’s always good, especially when the side is struggling – which we have been this season – and all year for that matter.
Hopefully we’ll get a lot better by the end of the year.
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