This is what Eddie Howe said in Friday’s press conference for the game yesterday when we won 3-2 at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground and Anthony Gordon played the whole game:
“Anthony hasn’t trained this week but we don’t think the injury is serious. We hope he is back sooner than later,”
So we thought there was no way Gordon would even be on the bench yesterday, yet he played the full game.
This is what Eddie Howe said after the game:
“He (Anthony Gordon) did a real shift for the team today.”
“I didn’t tell any lies pre-game, he hadn’t trained, until the day [Friday] I did my press conference, in which he did train and he trained fine and he looked well.”
“But still, when you have a disjointed week it is not easy at this level.”
“But I thought he did very well, I thought he played really well in the first half.”
Eddie Howe doesn’t give much away during his press conferences, and that’s because he doesn’t want to give anything away to the opposition.
So Eddie Howe tends to use his words very carefully and he’s become something of an expert at not saying who and who not will be available for any game.
When the team was announced an hour before the kick-off, we were shocked that Gordon was in the starting lineup – but also very pleased – since Gordon has become one of our best players since he was signed from Everton 13 months ago for around £45M.
He’s proving to be worth every penny of that fee, and he’s still improving under the guidance of Eddie Howe.
So bottom line – we are glad the England U21 star, who turns 23 later this month, is fit again and can participate in our run-in to what has been a difficult season for Newcastle.
What do you think about this?