Rotherham boss Alan Stubbs felt Newcastle United carried the luck on Saturday afternoon.

Christian Atsu’s stunning run and sweet shot grabbed the three points but Stubbs felt that the goal was still lucky for United.

The Rotherham Manager claims that there was a foul on Lee Frecklington in the build-up to the goal but having watched it back a number of times, I can’t see what he’s going on about.

None of the players appeared to claim anything at the time so a mystery what Alan Stubbs is going on about.

However, when he talks about pride in his team’s performance, you can’t really argue with that.

Hand on heart you can’t say Newcastle were any better than Rotherham today and the home side put United under a lot of pressure – with the woodwork and some committed defending saving the day.

Alan Stubbs:

“There is no doubt about it (claims foul in build-up to Newcastle goal).

“If you look at the replay, it’s pretty obvious, there are two hands on ‘Frecks’ (Rotherham player Lee Frecklington) which makes him go to the floor.

“We have taken the game to Newcastle and, if I’m honest, it has been a pretty uncomfortable 90 minutes for them.

“We are certainly getting better. On Tuesday we could have taken a point and today one bit of quality has been the difference between the two teams.

“When you are down there, a little bit of luck deserts you but you have to make your own luck in this game.

“There were positives out of the display but not out of the result and for me it was a step in the right direction.

“If they keep performing like they have done in the last couple of games then it won’t be long until they start picking up points – I have got no doubts about that.

“We have certainly given Newcastle a real game.

“One bit of quality that has won them the game.

“One moment of maybe not being a yard or two closer has given them an opportunity to put the ball into the back of the net.

“I can’t repeat what I’m thinking when the ball hits the post. You can feel sorry for yourself if you want to and that everything is against us or you can keep going and make your own luck. If you keep doing the right things more often than not, things will fall for you.”

To read the instant Newcastle fan/writer reaction to victory at Rotherham go HERE)

(To watch Christian Atsu’s stunning winner go HERE)