VURNON Anita’s in a hurry to add to his solitary Premier League goal – after finally silencing his Newcastle United team-mates.
The midfielder netted in Saturday’s 4-1 Premier League win over Hull City.
Anita scored from close range in injury time at the KC Stadium after Paul Dummett found him at the far post with a cross from the left.
The 24-year-old’s only previous strike for United – a fine volley – had come against Club Brugge at the Jan Breydel Stadium in the Europa League last season.
And the strike, which came on his 49th league appearance, was jubilantly celebrated on and off the pitch.
It also silenced his Newcastle colleagues. Anita’s wait for a domestic goal had been a dressing-room talking point.
“I have been searching for it,” Anita told the Gazette.
“Dummy and (Dan) Gosling did well on the left side, and I just tapped it in.
“It was my first league goal. I’m very happy about it. I want to score more!”
The Hull win followed a 1-0 success over Aston Villa on home turf, and eighth-placed United are now four points ahead of Southampton, in ninth.
Anita, a fixture in Alan Pardew’s side in recent weeks, felt the victory owed everything to the hard work he and his team-mates put in on the pitch at the KC Stadium – and two saves from his Dutch countryman Tim Krul.
After goalkeeper Krul made a double save from Hull defender Alex Bruce, Newcastle broke upfield and scored through Moussa Sissoko, who also netted in the second half. Loic Remy was also on target.
“We worked very hard for each other,” said the Holland international.
“It was a good game. They also had good chances at the start, but Tim saved the ball very well, and we broke on them and Moussa scored the goal.”
“We needed this win. Hull are also near us. We had to win this game to keep the distance. We worked hard for each other, and won the game.”
Meanwhile, four United players scored for their loan clubs over the weekend.
Forward Haris Vuckic and defender James Tavernier were on target for Rotherham United, who beat Notts County 6-0.
Conor Newton netted in St Mirren’s 2-0 win over Kilmarnock, while his fellow midfielder Mehdi Abeid scored in Panathinaikos’ surprise 3-0 win over Greek Super League leaders Olympiakos.