Dan Gosling

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

 

In netting United's consolation in their 3-1 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday, Dan Gosling wrote himself into the Club's record books.

The midfielder - who was a second half substitute at the Etihad Stadium - tapped in the loose ball after Joe Hart had saved Demba Ba's effort, and in doing so became the 100th different player to find the back of the net for Newcastle in the Premier League.

It was Gosling's first goal in the black and white stripes since his switch from Everton in the summer of 2010, but while delighted to get off the mark for the Magpies, he admitted after the final whistle that he would have swapped the accolade for a positive result at City.

"It's great to get a goal, my first one, and hopefully there is many more to come for the Club," the 21-year-old told nufc.co.uk.

"But you want the team to get the points as well and today unfortunately we didn't manage to do that.

"We feel a bit hard done by. We missed a few good opportunities where we could have taken the lead, then Hatem's hit the post at 2-0, and if that goes in against them then you never know what could happen. But we did our best today and unfortunately it wasn't good enough.

"Everyone knows they dominated possession and parts of the game, but chances to chances we could probably say we had the better ones.

"We were just unfortunate not to take them, and it's cost us in the end. But it's disappointing to lose today and with especially with it being our first defeat of the season."

After an injury-hit spell so far on Tyneside, Gosling's appearance at Manchester City was his fifth of the season, and the midfielder is hoping that his luck has changed and that he can now force his way into manager Alan Pardew's plans on a regular basis.

Gosling explained: "I need to start pushing on, getting more minutes on the pitch and hopefully if I impress in training and keep working hard then my time will come."