Ki Sung-yueng was delighted to help Newcastle overcome Watford 1-0 on Saturday and now hopes for more game time. The South Korean midfielder moved to St James’ Park over the summer as a free agent after his contract with Swansea came to an end.
Ki has struggled to force his way into the Newcastle side and his appearance against Watford was just his fourth of the season in the Premier League.
The 29-year-old replaced the injured Jonjo Shelvey early in the second half and provided the assist for Ayoze Perez’s goal with a free-kick which the striker headed home.
Ki welcomed Newcastle’s first victory of the season, which saw them move out of the bottom three, and he now hopes he is more involved after impressing in midfield. “The manager just said to me try and control the game.
In football, circumstances can change so quickly; someone gets injured and you get that chance you have been waiting for,” he said, as reported by Chronicle Live. “It wasn’t something i expected but I did my best to help the team.
I had a good feeling that we would win the game. Don’t ask me why – I just felt if I did get the chance, I could do something for the team. “I have worked really hard this week, I have felt in good condition. Of course, this is a big win for all of us.
It is massive for the fans as well – you could hear them celebrating. “It has been a difficult time for everyone. This is our first win but we have a lot of games to go. We still need a lot more points, so we cannot just rest on this. We have to go again in our next one.
“It is my first game for a while so I am just so pleased I can help the team at a really important time. “Hopefully this result is a boost we all needed; not just to move up the table but to give everyone belief. It is not good being at the bottom of the table, no one likes that.”