Date: 13th September 2016 at 2:25am
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Yoan Gouffran and DeAndre Yedlin have both spoken of their delight at victory over Derby County last weekend.

Travelling to the iPro Stadium to face off against Nigel Pearson’s side, Newcastle took the two nil victory with goals coming from both players to give us another three points and put us into second spot, four points behind extremely unexpected highflyers Huddersfield Town.

Beginning with Gouffran with the Frenchman hugely out of favour last season and highly expected to move on this summer, he’s enjoying some what of a resurgence at St James’ Park under manager Rafa Benitez this year, and speaking to the Official Site in his own post game press conference, he admitted simply he was just enjoying life and his football once more this year.

Saturday’s Man of the Match explained, that his current form and scoring his first goal since January 2015 was made all the sweeter given his lack of game time last year.

‘It was a long wait, but I didn’t play a lot so now I enjoy it. To score a goal is good to feel. Firstly, I wanted to block the defender for Jamaal Lascelles and I was alone so I took my chance and I scored. We work on volleying and shooting on the training ground with the manager and the assistants. I’m really happy. It was hard last year because I did not play a lot, so every game I play now, I enjoy it. I’m 30; it’s not really old but I enjoy all the games I play. I hope we win again on Tuesday and we’re promoted at the end of the season.’

With Yedlin replacing Gouffran in the 72nd minute and scoring the stoppage time second goal to tie the game, he continued.

‘It’s hard to be sub because you enjoy the game, but like a fan. It’s like you’re playing the PlayStation! But you have to support the team-mates and I’m happy because they scored. It’s really good because the guys who came from the bench gave everything when they came on the pitch, and before the game they supported the team who were starting, so I think we’ve got a good fighting spirit. Everybody fights for each other and it’s a good thing for the team.’

With Queens Park Rangers and a trip to Loftus Road up on Tuesday evening, he ended by saying.

‘It’s going to be a tough game but we’ve won four games in a row so we have the confidence to win on Tuesday and I hope we win.’

As for Yedlin, his strike was his first goal for the club following his arrival over the summer from Tottenham Hotspur, and he admitted he didn’t know it had gone in until he heard the roar from the fans.

‘It was a great moment. I didn’t really know it had gone in until our fans started yelling but it was a great sound to hear. Credit to Ayoze for the assist because he took the ball out of the air and played it across perfectly, right into the middle. I tried to get anything I could on it. I don’t know whether I did, or whether it was a Derby player, but the most important thing was it went in. I don’t get too many goals so it’s a rare one for me, but it’s a pretty special feeling and hopefully I can score more goals for this Club.’

As for the game itself, he added.

‘It was a really good win. It’s always hard to go away and seal three points so I’m really proud that we did that against a good Derby team. I think we dominated the game. They had some chances but for the most part we were pretty dominant. When you go up 1-0 you can keep the ball and start to slow the game down a little bit. They had to push more numbers forward, they had to take more risks at the back and the game became a tiny bit easier for us. But to win 2-0 away from home is good and we are now looking forward to Tuesday at Queens Park Rangers.’

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