Gabriel Obertan on goalscoring relief and Newcastle's first win

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The former Manchester United midfielder got the goal which could act as a crucial springboard for their season.

Newcastle United midfielder Gabriel Obertan has been speaking of both his relief and that of the side's after he scored the goal that gave them their first win of the season, as they overcame Leicester City 1-0 at St James's Park.

The result means they are still in the relegation zone but after a start which has seen the side, and manager Alan Pardew in particular coming under severe pressure and scrutiny, Obertan was delighted to score only his second Premier League goal for the club.

He is quoted in the Shields Gazette, saying: “I’ve been waiting for a while to score at St James’s. It’s been a tough season for me last year, and I’m glad to be back in the team and be useful.

“I kept on working hard.

“It’s easy to train when you’ve got the coaches patting you on the back, but these moments by yourself ... you have to work hard and dig deep.

“I’ve always been confident in my ability. It might be a surprise for some people, but not for me.

“It’s a great feeling at the moment. It’s great – not just for me but for the team.

“I know it’s been quite frustrating for the fans. I hope the first win gives them something to celebrate.

“We needed that win to get the confidence back, and I think we are going in a good direction right now.”

The result has seen Newcastle move to within a point of escaping the relegation zone at this early stage of the campaign, and there are difficult games coming up for Pardew's side in the form of Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

Saturday's goal for Obertan was his first in two and half years in the Premier League - where he scored against Blackburn Rovers. The 25-year-old will hope he can build on it personally and help the team going forward. 

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