Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gordon's Surprise Return a Real Tonic

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gordon's Surprise Return a Real Tonic

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

CRAIG Gordon's his first start this season was a pleasant surprise. Now he aims to make sure it is not a short-lived one.

Simon Mignolet was left out of the team which faced Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday after some admirable performances in the Scot's absence.

Having been forced to watch from the sidelines after recovering from a broken arm, Gordon made the most of his opportunity with a string of saves to help his side to a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.

The 27-year-old realises he will have to keep those standards up to hold onto his place.

"It was nice to be back - a little bit surprising after what was a very good 2-0 home win (against Stoke City on Saturday) but the manager wanted to freshen things up and it's proved the right decision because of the scoreline," Gordon reflected. …

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