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OLE PRAISES SQUAD EFFORT ON TYNESIDE

4 January 2014

Manager pleased with first win at St. James' Park

praised his squad for their spirt and togetherness in coming back from a goal down to take the cup tie.Ole Gunnar SolskjærSpeaking on the back of his first game and victory as Cardiff City Manager,


The Bluebirds are through to the fourth round of the F.A. Cup sponsored by Budweiser and will learn who their opponents are to be on Sunday evening following completion of the third round ties.


When asked about the significance of his first win as City Boss, Ole replied: "It's not about me as such, but it's a perfect start for the new times.


"It's nice for the lads to start off with a win in the cup. It's never easy to come up to Newcastle and play, especially when you go 1-0 down.”



Second half substitutes Craig Noone and Fraizer Campbell were the men who scored the two late goals that secured City's passage into round four, their impact on the game of huge significance to the Gaffer.


“I was part of a team, of a great team and I enjoyed doing my best whenever I got the chance,” he said.


“Now that is the message to my players, come on, make an impact, you've got half an hour to run around as much as everyone else has during the 90 minutes.


"A manager has 90 minutes to use 14 players and I picked a team which I thought would give Newcastle a hard game. You want players to come on and make am impact.


“It pleased me that when we went 1-0 down that the players showed character and dug themselves back into the game.


“They did not stop playing. I thought we started well the first 20 or 25 minutes or so. Then we stopped playing and Newcastle took over until they scored. We did not really play then, but then we had to because we knew if we wanted to go through we had to win. We came here to win.


“It was two fantastic pieces of skill from us, a great header from Fraizer and the goal from Craig really was something else. The best feeling you have in games is when you turn things around like that. My players deserved it, they did it themselves.


“We had some knocks and I had to leave players on the bench who have had a lot of football and who have had a few niggles. It worked out well for us. We’ve not had a lot of time on the training ground so we had to go through a few things in meetings, but the foundations are there.”


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