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Obertan Attitude Is Praised

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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."

Obertan was one of four players with Barclays Premier League experience on show as John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman looked on.

Goalscorer Campbell also played, as did Gael Bigirimana and James Tavernier, but it was some of the less experienced players who impressed Donachie the most.

"The good things were the young players," he said. "Young Callum Roberts, Adam Armstrong, Quinny (Jonathyn Quinn) - they gave everything they had."

Click here to watch the full nufcTV interview with Willie Donachie and Adam Campbell