Christian Atsu admits he is delighted with his first St James’ Park strike – and believes he owed the Newcastle United home faithful a goal.
“I wanted to score at St James’ Park in front of our fans, and it was a fantastic atmosphere. I’m very happy to score. The last time [against Preston in the EFL Cup I missed a lot of chances].
“[Against Cardiff] I scored my first chance, though I missed another opportunity to kill the game. I kept my head up and kept fighting to the end. I want to score more.”
Atsu was teed up for his goal by Aleksandar Mitrovic who, after playing a one-two with Ayoze Perez, took his time in the box before calmly squaring to the Ghanaian.
Mitrovic could have gone for goal himself, but unselfishly set-up his team-mate – and Atsu praised the striker for the assist.
“I thank him that he saw me,” Atsu added.
“There are some strikers that like to score themselves [when they’re in the box] but he gave the ball to me.”
Though Newcastle took the lead early against Cardiff, and then doubled their advantage just before half-time thanks to Yoan Gouffran’s strike, the Magpies failed to kill off the game by netting a third goal.
Then, in the final half-hour, the Bluebirds grew in confidence, pulled a goal back through Peter Whittingham, and made life difficult for United.
And Atsu admits the Magpies were relieved to secure all three points after a frustrating second half.
He continued: “It’s always tough in the Championship. With set-pieces they are very dangerous. They pressed us high in the second half, but we got the three points.”
Source: Graphic Online');