Zola Very Complimentary Of “Clever” Newcastle Players


Gianfranco Zola, after seven games in charge of Birmingham City,  is still looking for his first win and in the first half last night Birmingham looked a poor team with Newcastle completely dominant.

Jonjo Shelvey ran the show for the home team, even though he didn’t have to get out second gear to do that,  so influential is Shelvey at Newcastle.

It was his first game back for five games  and we lost two Championship games during the time of his suspension – and if he hadn’t missed those games, we wonder how many points we’d have now after 26 games played.

Gianfranco Zola – Newcastle have some clever players

Zola was complimentary of both Shelvey and Newcastle after the game last night that saw Newcastle win in the end by a comfortable score of 3-1.

This is what Zola said after the game as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“When he’s on the pitch he runs the show,” “He’s very influential. He has a presence on the pitch.”

“I keep saying a lot of things are happening, but at the end of the day, it’s been too long that a victory hasn’t come, so that’s the disappointing bit.”

“But again, I have been long enough in football to understand when something is progressing well and it won’t be long before this team is going to be winning a lot of games.”

“When you are playing against teams like Newcastle, who have bright players – very clever players – they take advantage of anything and that’s exactly what happened.”

Newcastle looked a much better team last night with Jonjo Shelvey back in the fray.

It’s great to have him back.

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3 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 19, 2017 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #1

    previous postings

    JamesToon
    Don’t know about finding a defensive midfielder – but we might of discovered a new full-back in Hayden.
    slotted into the spot when Yedlin went off – looked a natural and put in a couple of excellent tackles and also got forward with the ball

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 19, 2017 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #3

    The disadvantage of rich overseas owners who know Jack about football biting Birmingham on the rear end. It wasn’t broken, why on earth did they try to fix it with Zola? Really nice man and one hell of a footballer, but young Gary was doing a fine job and should never have been sacked imo. Crying shame for him and their fans.
    Those chanting ‘you’ re just a shit Aston Villa’ last night were a bit harsh. Much better fans than plastic Villa fans who only started turning up again when results changed. How many other ‘big clubs’ shut great swathes of their ground down following relegation? Definitely not us. 🙂

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