Gabriel Obertan

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Gabriel Obertan admitted that his first goal in black and white was a weight off his shoulders, and hopes that it will help him to 'unlock his potential' and score many more.

The former Manchester United winger netted in injury time as Newcastle won 2-0 at Blackburn on Wednesday night - moments after coming on as a substitute at Ewood Park.

With the home side piling on the pressure as they searched for an equaliser, he could barely have picked a better time to end his 21-game barren streak for the Magpies.

And when he spoke to nufc.co.uk after emerging from a vibrant dressing room, the Paris-born 22-year-old revealed that the long wait for his first goal had been beginning to play on his mind.

"A bit, a bit," he confessed. "I'm an offensive player so it's important to make assists or to score.

"So I wanted to score and I'm pleased with it, but hopefully I can unlock all my potential and maybe I can score a bit more.

"I'm really pleased. I'm pleased for the team as well but personally, I've been looking for that goal for so long.

"In the last three or four games, I've not played and I was a bit frustrated, so it's just great to score to seal the win at the end of the game.

"They were trying and trying really hard to get a goal so it was great to score."

Obertan siezed possession inside his own half before exchanging passes with Peter Lovenkrands and bearing down on goal, his pace taking him clear and allowing him to finish cooly past Paul Robinson in front of the Newcastle fans in the Darwen End.

And he explained: "By then the game was really open, so I just gave him (Lovenkrands) the ball and ran to give him a solution, to give him an option.

"I just kept running and the finish was quite difficult actually, because I had a lot of time so you've got plenty of things going through your mind.

"It was quite hard but I was lucky on this one and it's a great feeling. I've not scored much but when you score and you've got your fans in front of you, it's just unbelievable."

The win took United up to fifth in the table but also means they're just one point short of the 40 generally required to guarantee Barclays Premier League safety.

So with that all but assured, the winger - accustomed to challenging at the top end of the league during his days at Old Trafford - is aiming high.

"We've gone two points above Arsenal now and hopefully we can win this weekend and get three more points," he said.

"We're quite sure we're going to stay in the Premier League and that's great.

"Hopefully we can get more points between now and the end of the season and maybe go up one more place or stay fifth.

"If you would have said at the beginning of the season that we'd be up in fifth in February, I think we would have signed straight away so it's a great feeling at the moment - and hopefully we can keep the momentum."