Safe to say that nobody would have been happier than Dan Gosling at 5pm on Saturday afternoon.
A disastrous four years at Newcastle United saw the midfielder rarely feature, as Alan Pardew ignored him even when fit.
Remarkably, Dan Gosling didn’t win a single match he started in the Premier League when at NUFC, including those at St James Park.
Though it has to be said his opportunities were very narrow, only two PL starts at St James Park and three away, United losing them all.
Before moving to Newcastle, Dan Gosling started one game for Everton in the league at SJP but that ended in a draw.
So at the age of 26, yesterday’s win was the midfielder’s first at the home of NUFC and judging by the game, Gosling might not get another chance for some time…
Good look to Bournemouth as they have been a credit to the Premier League and now 11 points clear of Newcastle and the relegation zone they look all but safe.
No wonder Dan Gosling says it’s such a ‘great feeling’ looking at the Premier League table, though not so for Newcastle fans….
“It was a massive win for us, as if we had lost then that could have dragged us back down, but three points move us further away and we’re all delighted.
“To go to a stadium like that and play the football that we did is fantastic, we were fantastic for 90 minutes.
“It’s a great feeling looking at the table but there are still a lot of games to come. That has to be our focus, we can’t let up now.
“We do our homework, people know that a crowd can get on top of a team and it happens at most grounds.
“With 50,000 at St. James Park it’s louder and the way we press and the way we close the ball down went in our favour.
“It’s slightly different with two in midfield, we have two up front and one drops so we can play both ways. Its good to be in a two, I think it shows we can play more than one way and I’m pleased to be back.”