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.”