Flying Obertan delighted with opportunity

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Gabriel Obertan has hailed manager Alan Pardew for giving him the opportunity to impress at Newcastle United.

The Frenchman moved from Manchester United in the summer following a two-year spell at Old Trafford which saw the 22-year-old earn sporadic first-team appearances

Since his move to the north-east, Obertan has been handed more league starts in his first six weeks than he received during his that period with the Barclays Premier League champions, leading the winger to salute his manager's faith.

"This is why I moved to Newcastle - when I saw the opportunity, I didn't hesitate," Obertan said. "The coach trusts me, so I'm really happy at the moment."

"We've not lost a game this season. It's great for the confidence. We've got a good group, and it's great in the changing room. If we can keep playing like this, it will be great.


"Personally, I'm finding my fitness, and I was really happy to play 90 minutes. It was good to play in this team."

Their weekend victory over Blackburn Rovers saw the Magpies maintain their impressive start to the season, which sees them occupy fourth, and Obertan feels contributions from throughout are helping the club succeed.

"We really wanted to win this game - it's been a while since we played at home - and I think we produced good football," he added.

"We were really happy to get the three points. Everybody produced. When we win like this, it's a great feeling.

"I'm really happy for Demba (Ba) because he works hard in training. He scored three goals, and he was present in each play.

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