Newcastle boss Pardew delighted for matchwinner Obertan

Gabriel Obertan was Newcastle United's matchwinner in their 1-0 victory against Europa League opponents Club Brugge.

Gabriel Obertan was Newcastle United's matchwinner in their 1-0 victory against Europa League opponents Club Brugge.

Obertan's 48th-minute strike was enough to establish a three-point gap over second-placed Bordeaux, who could only draw with Maritimo in Madeira on Thursday evening, at the halfway stage.

Asked if he would have settled for seven points from a trip to Madeira and home games against Bordeaux and Brugge, Pardew said: "Absolutely. We have got ourselves into a good position tonight. We knew we had a chance of getting seven points, and that really bodes well.

"We have got Maritimo at home, who have had a good result tonight, by the way, that's helped us too.

"We are going to need to grab something from one of those [away] games, and by the look of that Brugge game tonight, it's going to be difficult.

"They are a good side."

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