Newcastle United’s possession game delights Anita

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VURNON Anita says he was proud to help Newcastle to end their Old Trafford hoodoo.

The Magpies last won away to Manchester United in 1972, when John Tudor and Stewart Barrowclough netted, and the significance of Yohan Cabaye’s winner was not lost on Anita, who came into the side to strengthen the midfield at the expense of striker Shola Ameobi.

“It’s a big win for us. It was also a good result after the defeat on Wednesday (to Swansea),” said the Dutchman. “We kept the ball very well.

“We were tight on our men, and we deserved our goal. It’s a nice victory, and a historic victory.”

Anita grew up in Holland dreaming of playing at the stadiums like Old Trafford, and the 24-year-old enjoyed every minute of his time on the pitch.

“It was a big game,” he said. “As a young child, you always want to play in the big games.

“This was a big game for me, the team and the whole club. I enjoyed it, and I think that showed on the pitch.”

Pardew admitted the last few minutes were difficult to endure. “It was a bit nervous for me,” Pardew said. “We’d defended great up until then.

“Sometimes you can get on the back foot, and get too deep, but we didn’t.”
 The only downside for Newcastle was that Yohan Cabaye picked up his fifth booking of the season, and will miss this weekend’s home clash with Southampton with a one-game suspension.

Pardew admitted: “It’s disappointing to lose him for Southampton – it’ll be a blow not to have him.”