Yoan Gouffran had another good game for Newcastle yesterday in a game that turned out to be tougher at the end than it needed to be, if we had taken some of our earlier chances.
But it was another win – the seventh league win in a row and that is the first time we have done that since Chris Hughton did it in October, November and December seven years ago when we were also in the Championship.
It was also our 8th win in a row in all competitions – the first time we have done that since February and March of 2005, when Graeme Souness was the manager.
Yoan Gouffran after scoring yesterday
These are getting to be great times to be a Newcastle fan – and that has to be good, very good – after all we have been through over the last few years.
Yoan scored a good goal just before half time yesterday to make it a comfortable 2-0 at the break after Christian Atsu scored after only 3 minutes of the game.
But the second half was tough when we couldn’t get the killer 3rd goal and Cardiff scored after 73 minutes through Peter Whittingham to set up a nervy finish, but we won in the end and made it more difficult than it needed to be.
It seems with Yoan it’s a case of confidence and he’s playing his best football ever at Newcastle this season under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.
The 30 year-old had this to say on the Newcastle web-site after the game:
“I am happy, and I am enjoying playing with my teammates this year,” “This season it is really different, because I am playing with confidence and I hope that can continue.”
“Maybe the system has helped me. Sometimes I can get free, and I can play my game, but the tactics are the choice of the manager.”
“When we play at home, in front our own fans, we want to show that we will give everything.”
“In the first 15 to 20 minutes, maybe we play high and try to press the other team. Scoring early can help you to win the game.”
“Today, we started well. We scored two goals, and after the first-half, the manager said we had to score a third to be safe.”
“But, it was hard. Cardiff played long balls, and they scored. In the end it was a tough game.”
“We have to take care of our bodies – some players will join their national teams, and I hope they come back fit.” “After that, we will see what happens.”
“We have to keep looking forward. We are top of the table, but it is not finished. The Championship is very long, and we want to win every week.”
It’s now the long two week International break and then two weeks today we are at Elland Road for what promises to be a huge game.
Leeds beat Norwich 3-2 at Carrow Road yesterday with a late goal in stoppage time by Vieira and are in terrific form at the moment.
Leeds have won their last 3 games under former Swansea manager Garry Monk and if we can win that game on NOvember 20th, we will really be flying high – very high.