MEHDI Abeid’s hoping his goal against Fenerbahce is the first of many for Newcastle United.
The midfielder came off the bench and scored in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against the Turkish club in Austria.
Abeid took the ball from fellow substitute Sammy Ameobi in the Sonnenseestadion and turned a shot past Mert Gunok.
The strike was Abeid’s first at senior level for the club he joined a year ago from Lens.
However, the 19-year-old and his team-mates left the field disappointed after Cristian Baroni levelled in the 90th minute.
“We were a little bit angry that Fenerbahce scored in the last minute of the game, but we did well,” Abeid told the Gazette.
“We have to stay concentrated until the last minute.”
Abeid, at least, had the consolation of his first goal, and the Algerian impressed against an experienced and physical Fenerbahce side along with Ameobi and James Tavernier.
“For me, I’m really happy to score,” he added. “Sammy gave me the ball in the box, and I turned and shot.
“It was a good goal. I’m really happy and pleased to score for Newcastle. I hope to do the same in the next game.
“I like this position and I like to go forward. That’s what I like doing. I did well, and I hope to do well again and again every week.
“I hope to do better in the next game. I have to try to work hard every day to be better.”
Abeid returned home late on Saturday night happy with how his pre-season has gone, having started two of the club’s three tour games.
Next up are Braga and Olympiakos in Portugal later this week, when United manager Alan Pardew will again have French duo Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa available.
“I played a lot,” he said. “I started two games, and came on in the last game and scored.”