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Eddie Howe with confident declaration for Newcastle United fans

2 months ago
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It was a rocking atmosphere on Saturday at St James Park and Eddie Howe was just loving it.

After the final whistle confirmed the first three points of the season for Newcastle United, the NUFC Head Coach saying ‘I can’t praise the supporters enough.’

From first whistle to final whistle the support was immense, any neutral walking into that stadium and not knowing the circumstances, would find it impossible to compute that this was a bottom of the table club with a team who had reached December without a single win.

After only a point in the must win match against Norwich, this Burnley game had gone up even more notches to become a must must win game.

The players fully deserved this victory and it could and should have been by a significantly higher margin, as luck once again wasn’t with Newcastle United. That hopefully yet another positive to come out of Saturday, that the extra goals deserved against Burnley may now come NUFC’s way in some of these tough December matches ahead.

Eddie Howe didn’t falter when asked the big question and sent this message to Newcastle United fans: ‘For sure we can stay up.’

I think that perfectly sums up the position.

The Newcastle boss not arrogantly saying that avoiding relegation is a certainty.

Simply that it can definitely be done IF the players and fans respond for the rest of the season like they did against Burnley, plus luck begins to treat Newcastle United a little more fairly than in recent times.

Some people have questioned whether there has been a new manager bounce at St James Park but reality is that in other circumstances and if luck had come Newcastle’s way…and individual errors / madness hadn’t intervened, then before this win over Burnley, I believe that all three previous Eddie Howe NUFC matches could have produced more points. Wins over Brentford and Norwich and a draw at Arsenal, rather than the two draws and a defeat via goalkeeping errors, penalties denied and a daft red card.

These are the small margins that so often dictate results, hopefully the margins will start to now go in Newcastle’s favour in many games to come.

Saturday was only one small but very important step but it very much gives us all that most important thing, which is hope.

Eddie Howe speaking after Newcastle’s 1-0 win over Burnley:

“For sure we can stay up.

“We have come from a difficult position.

“There is a long road ahead but I believe in what we are doing.

“We have tried to bring our philosophy to the team, to be front foot, to be more aggressive.

“Confidence is key in any sport and we have lacked that but today goes a long way to rebuilding that.

“Historically, we have said that you need to take points off the top teams and that will be the task in December.

“The January transfer window will be important but the players we have here, we like, we need to maximise them first.

“The market changes so much and quickly.

“People are planning for that but my sole focus is coaching the team.

“I love working with this group, they are hungry and want to achieve.

“Absolutely delighted for everyone connected with the club.

“It was a massive game for us and I thought the lads responded.

“After the first 20 minutes, we were great today.

“Very nervy towards the end as we were desperate for the win, the players managed that part really well.

“The spirit in the group has shown and the atmosphere was exceptional.

“I can’t praise the supporters enough.

“It was a delicate one this week, with three games in a week, and keeping him [Callum Wilson] fit, but he was excellent today.

“His finish for the goal was high class and he will be vital for us.

“We will need him between now and the end of the season.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Burnley 0 – Saturday 4 December 3pm

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Goals:

Burnley:

Newcastle:

Wilson 40

Possession was Burnley 52% (52%) Newcastle 48% (48%)

Total shots were Burnley 10 (6) Newcastle 18 (7)

Shots on target were Burnley 1 (1) Newcastle 4 (1)

Corners were Burnley 3 (1) Newcastle 10 (2)

Referee: Paul Tierney

Crowd: 51,948 (Burnley 1,600)

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Lewis, Shelvey, Willock, Saint-Maximin (Murphy 90+1), Almiron (Fernandez 85), Joelinton, Wilson

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Ritchie, Hayden, Hendrick, Krafth, Longstaff, Gayle

(Newcastle 1 Burnley 0 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players – Read HERE)

(Alan Shearer celebrates at St James Park “A winnnnnn and a clean sheet, is it Xmas!!!?” Read HERE)

(James Tarkowski has a staggering viewpoint on this defeat to Newcastle United – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 1 Burnley 0 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s victory! Read HERE)

(Newcastle United WIN! – Read HERE)

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