Eddie Howe reflects on another successful day for Newcastle United but admits ‘tough’ challenges ahead
Eddie Howe was able to enjoy the moment.
Newcastle United making it now eleven weeks without a defeat in the Premier League and 13 points from the last possible 15, scoring eight goals and conceding only two in over eight hours of PL football.
For Eddie Howe though, it is full focus all the way…’I don’t think me being delirious is going to help in anyway…we have some tough fixtures to come.’
The NUFC Head Coach was very happy with the win at Brentford but still wanted his side to have ‘more control’ and ‘create more chances’ than they did on Saturday.
Eddie Howe admitting that he is desperate to have Allan Saint-Maximin back for Brighton at home on Saturday, as he is such a ‘massive player’ for Newcastle. Despite his relief / belief that NUFC have been able ‘to cope’ without the Frenchman.
This is a completely different Newcastle United to the one Eddie Howe inherited from the shambles left by Steve Bruce BUT it is not job done yet.
Before he arrived, Newcastle had picked up five points in eleven Premier League games, now Eddie Howe has picked up 20 points in 14 PL matches. Another 15 points from the final 13 games would take NUFC to that 40 points mark, what an achievement that would be for Eddie Howe after what went on before his arrival at Newcastle United.
Eddie Howe speaking after Newcastle’s 2-0 win at Brentford:
“We hoped that Allan Saint-Maximin would make it [Brentford match] but he was some way short in the end.
“We now have our fingers crossed and hope he can make the next game [at home to Brighton on Saturday].
“I think he will be a lot closer for that game.
“He is a massive player for us and we are aware that we need him back for the next game.
“It is great to see the team able to cope when we are missing some really outstanding individuals but the team is strong enough to get results in their absence.
“That is a good sign for the future.
“I will take selection dilemmas and tough calls over not having enough strength.
“So Allan Saint-Maximin coming back in would be positive for the team, as would any of the [currently injured] players, if we can get them back.
“The squad is in a good place and feeling confident, the environment is strong but we are going into an intense period of games and we will need the whole squad to pay their part.
“We are on a really good run and the spirit is high and confidence is returning to the players, but we have tough fixtures ahead, we aren’t taking anything for granted.
“I’m really, really pleased with our response to the red card, because as you saw in our game against Norwich, it doesn’t guarantee you anything.
“We knew we would have a lot of the ball and it was all about our quality and ability to break them down.
“I’m never satisfied in this moment as the season is still all to fight for.
“I don’t think me being delirious is going to help in anyway.
“I stay very calm through the good and bad but my big search is for improvement and it will be, until I leave the club.
“I wanted a bit more control with the extra man and I wanted us to be more dominant, I wanted us to create more.
“With the ball I think we have to improve.
“It is going to be tight [at the bottom] right until the end [of the season] and we don’t want to be involved.
“We want to elevate ourselves away from trouble as quickly as possible but there are no guarantees.
“We are in a really good run of form and we want to maintain this for as long as possible…but we have some tough fixtures to come.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Brentford 0 Newcastle 2 – Saturday 26 February 3pm
(Half-time stats in brackets)
Red card Dasilva (11)
Joelinton 33, Willock 44
Possession was Brentford 37% (35%) Newcastle 63% (65%)
Total shots were Brentford 6 (0) Newcastle 26 (14)
Shots on target were Brentford 1 (0) Newcastle 11 (8)
Corners were Brentford 6 (3) Newcastle 6 (3)
Referee: Mike Dean
Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Burn, Targett, Willock (Lascelles 83), Shelvey, Joelinton, Fraser (Almiron 90), Murphy (Guimaraes 64), Wood
Darlow, Dummett, Fernandez, Manquillo, Gayle, Longstaff
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