Obertan Attitude Is Praised
Written by Newcastle Utd
Newcastle United FC
French winger Gabriel Obertan captained Newcastle's under-21 side on Monday night and earned praise from coach Willie Donachie
By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor
He's played in the Champions League, Europa League and huge derby games, but on Monday night Gabriel Obertan turned out for Newcastle's under-21 side in front of 324 hardy souls at Whitley Park.
The 24-year-old, who appeared as an over-age player, was made captain by Reserve Team Manager Willie Donachie against Bolton and responded by setting up Adam Campbell for United's goal in a 1-1 draw.
It came after superb wing play from the former Manchester United man, who left his marker standing before cutting the ball back for his 18-year-old team-mate to side-foot home.
Obertan was also booked after a spot of handbags with Cian Bolger midway through the second half, which demonstrated the Frenchman's determination and commitment despite making just one first-team appearance so far this season, as a late substitute against Leeds in the Capital One Cup.
And, speaking to nufcTV, Donachie hailed the Pantin-born pace ace. "Coming down to play with lesser players is always difficult," he said. "It's easier the better players you're playing with.
"But I thought his attitude was very good - it was some of the players around him who didn't show the same consistency.
"He was outstanding for the goal and showed his class. It was difficult for Gaby and I was pleased with him."
"The good things were the young players," he said. "Young Callum Roberts, Adam Armstrong, Quinny (Jonathyn Quinn) - they gave everything they had."