Marveaux delighted after best game for Newcastle

SYLVAIN LINING ... Marveaux, left, celebrates Demba Ba's opener.
SYLVAIN LINING ... Marveaux, left, celebrates Demba Ba's opener.

SYLVAIN Marveaux’s hopeful he’s finally got his Newcastle United career up and running – after playing his best game yet for the club.

Marveaux impressed in last night’s convincing 3-0 win over Wigan Athletic at St James’s Park.

It was only the midfielder’s second Premier League start of the season after his first campaign at the club was brought to a premature end through injury.

Against Wigan, Marveaux was handed a start in place of the suspended James Perch – and he fully justified manager Alan Pardew’s faith in him.

With his French countryman Yohan Cabaye out for the next two months with a groin injury, there’s now an opportunity for the 26-year-old to enjoy a run of games.

And he’s determined to seize it with both hands.

“I think it was good,” Marveaux told the Gazette. “I haven’t played a lot of games in the Premier League, and I was just waiting for my time.

“I was in a good position on the pitch – my favourite – and I just tried to play my game.

“But it was just one game. We’ll see now. I’m just looking forward to the next game.

“I was fit all season, but I was waiting for my time. I hope I will be able to play the next game against Fulham as well.”

Newcastle went into the Wigan game looking to end a run of four successive defeats, and the victory moved the club five points clear of the relegation zone.

Two first-half goals from Demba Ba, and a strike from substitute Gael Bigirimana after the break, against Roberto Martinez’s 10-man side – who had Maynor Figueroa dismissed – lifted the gloom on Tyneside.

“I think it’s a good win for us,” said Marveaux, who was fielded on the left side of a three-man midfield in front of holding players Cheik Tiote and Vurnon Anita.

“We’ve worked hard as a team. Everything went well for us – the first goal and the red card made everything easier for us.

“I think it was very important to win. We were in a tough position.

“The fans were expecting us to win. I think we deserved what we got.”