Anthony Gordon reacts to his new Newcastle United chant - and sends message to Everton
Newcastle United chanted Anthony Gordon’s name throughout the afternoon at Stamford Bridge.
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The 22-year-old made just his fourth Magpies start since arriving from Everton for £45million in January and lined up at Stamford Bridge in a slightly unnatural central midfield role. It did, however, pay off as Gordon advanced into the penalty area in the ninth minute to tap home Elliot Anderson’s low cross.
The travelling Newcastle fans showed their support for the Liverpudlian, who, by his own admission, has endured a difficult start to life on Tyneside. The new chant goes: “Anthony Gordon, running down the wing, Gordon, makes the Geordies sing, Gordon, and we’re going to Madrid”.
“It’s great to show them how much it means,” Gordon told NUFCTV. “I gave them a clap but it probably deserves more than that, though it is hard to show.
“I’ve always buzzed off that so much since I was a little kid. I loved football as a kid growing up so to have my own chant is class. I just can’t thank them enough, I’m over the moon with the new song.
“I want to say thank you to every fan that sang today.”
Magpies head coach Eddie Howe hopes Gordon’s goal gives the player some momentum heading into the summer as he links up with England under-21s for the European Championships.
Gordon will then enjoy some time off before returning to Newcastle for pre-season in July.
Howe said: “I was really pleased for Anthony. I thought he played a different role due to the injuries we had in that area of the pitch. I’ve brought him on in that position a few times, in running, and I think he’s done okay there so I decided to trust him with that role from the start.
“He didn’t let me down – I thought he was really good and had some really good moments in that first half. He probably tired a little bit in the second, but I’m really pleased that he scored and hopefully that will give him a big lift going into next season.”
Meanwhile, Gordon sent a message to former club Everton after surviving relegation with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth. “Well done to everyone involved at Everton,” he posted on Instagram.
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