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.