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Super Solano travels bright - 17/03/2003

Nolberto Solano believes he has rediscovered his best away day form after netting for Newcastle United in the splendid 2-0 victory at Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Before the weekend, the Peruvian hadn't started a Premiership game on the road for the Magpies since the 4-3 Boxing Day defeat at Bolton Wanderers. United boss Sir Bobby Robson had sacrificed Solano and the practice of playing two wingers away from St James's Park. But an ankle injury for Laurent Robert and concerns over Kieron Dyer's hamstring condition gave Solano an opportunity in South London. And the 28-year-old seized the chance, giving an accomplished display in the right flank and capping his performance with a 49th-minute goal to wrap up the points. He said: "It was nice to get the chance to play and it was nice to score. "The manager has said to me he needs the same as I gave him last season and I hope I showed that. It's important for me I prove I can play well for the team as the squad is so strong now."

Newcastle's victory at The Valley moved them to within five points of table-topping Arsenal and while the Geordies remain very much an outside bet for the Premiership crown, Solano insists they cannot be ruled out of the equation just yet. He added: "Nothing is settled yet, no one knows who is going to win the league at this point. "As long as we have the chance then we have to try and catch Arsenal. "Nobody expected them to lose at Blackburn but it just shows what a hard league the Premiership is. "It's given us a chance of recovery and that's why our win over Charlton was so important." Solano netted at The Valley in a 2-2 draw in the 1998-99 campaign, his first season on Tyneside. He added: "A lot has changed since then. That came in a time when we could never win a game in London."

Evening Chronicle

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