Jonjo Shelvey has been playing very well for Newcastle recently as he takes on the play-maker role in the team and he’s looking very good and one of the best players in the Championship.
Jonjo was also doing some good deeds himself in the local area as he was visiting Shanklea Primary School in Cramlington to surprise ball-boy Joshua Follin.
That was the ball-boy Jonjo hoisted aloft as he was celebrating Dwight Gayle’s goal that gave us the sensational 4-3 win against the Canaries.
It’s really good when the players do things like this in the community and for the youngsters in the area.
Jonjo Shelvey in action for Newcastle
Let’s just say that Jonjo didn’t enjoy playing at Rotherham United last time out, but we will have a number of games like this in the Championship, especially away from home.
The opposition will do everything they can to make it as difficult as they can for Newcastle.
Jonjo talked about the game at the New York Stadium on the Newcastle web-site:
“It was a horrible match to play in – the ball was in the air for probably 80% of the match – but the main thing was getting the three points.”
“If you’re going to go up in this league you need to go to places like that and get the points.”
“I thought we defended really well; we battled throughout and we showed real heart and desire to get the three points.”
“There will be more ‘glamorous’ games coming up, but it was nice to go there and get the three points because you can see what it means to those teams.”
“Playing against Newcastle is probably the pinnacle of their season so we needed to match their work rate, effort and desire and then that extra bit of quality can shine through for us.”
“In this league, games come thick and fast. I’ve played in the last few games in this little period before the international break so it’s nice to have a break now, get some rest and then go again for Brentford.”
“But on the flip side, when you’re winning you don’t want to stop. You want to keep playing and playing and playing and keep winning games, because the more points you get under your belt the better.”
“It’s just nice to play for this great football club. I’d play left-back if I had to, as long as I was on that pitch and starting every week.”
“I know it’s a team game but you are obviously disappointed when you don’t start – I think you’d be mad not to be disappointed, but you have to take that on the chin and I’ve done that.”
“I started the season on the bench but now I’ve got myself into the team and my plan is to stay in the team and keep fighting for my place week in, week out.”
It was one of the few Newcastle games that have been broadcast on beIN Sports in the US this season.
We thought the Newcastle players were excellent in that they concentrated throughout the game and it would have been so easy to have conceded a goal.
Rotherham came at us in those first 20 minutes and then near the end – but we held out well and had a little bit of luck that you always need in games like this.
It was a great 3 points.