After winning their first game of the season at home against Burnley on Saturday, Eddie Howe is confident that his Newcastle side can avoid relegation from the Premier League.
After Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope misjudged Joe Willock’s cross under pressure from Fabian Schar, Callum Wilson scored the only goal at St James’ Park, guiding the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the area.
The victory moves the Magpies up to 19th position in the table, level on points with bottom club Norwich and 18th-placed Burnley.
“We have tried to bring our philosophy to the team, to be front-foot and more aggressive. Confidence is key in any sport and we have lacked that, but today goes a long way to rebuilding that.”
Newcastle’s win over Burnley will be followed by a difficult month of matches, with matches against Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United before the new year.
“Historically, we’ve said you need to take points off the top teams, and that will be the objective in December,” added Howe, who admitted before Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Norwich that the Magpies may struggle to recruit players in January if they remain mired towards the bottom of the table.
Source: BBC Sport