Eddie Howe admitted his delight at matching one in all predecessor Sir Bobby Robson’s achievements as Newcastle took one other step in the direction of Premier League security.
The hard-fought 1-0 win over Crystal Palace was the Magpies’ sixth successive top-flight victory at St James’ Park, the primary time they’ve achieved that feat since April 2004 below Robson.
Head coach Howe stated: “It’s unbelievable since you’re speaking about an absolute legend of the soccer membership and fairly rightly so, somebody I all the time admired – I by no means met him, however somebody I admired from afar drastically for every thing he achieved within the sport.
“He’s the benchmark, actually, round something that you just attempt to do right here and it’s nice to have accomplished that at present.”
The win left Newcastle in eleventh place on 40 factors, and extra considerably 15 away from the relegation zone.
It was achieved in entrance of chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan, who was attending his first match for the reason that humbling 1-0 FA Cup third-round defeat by League One Cambridge on January 8, at which level Howe’s males had solely a single league victory to their title.
The 44-year-old stated: “That Cambridge sport was an enormous disappointment as a result of we had been determined to get a win, any sort of win simply to attempt to construct some momentum.
“I’ve to say, the chairman got here in to see me after that sport and he was glorious, he actually was very, excellent and I do know he was excellent with the gamers.
“It’s so vital in troublesome moments that you just hold your head and also you help one another, and that’s an enormous thanks, actually, for supporting us that day that we’ve been hopefully in a position to repay that help.”
The factors towards Palace had been secured by Miguel Almiron’s excellent first-half strike, aided by a dedicated second-half defensive show, and Howe was delighted for his match-winner.
He stated: “He was glorious at present, Miggy, he actually was. However he’s somebody that we’ve all the time preferred. We had a staff that was settled and doing very nicely and he discovered it troublesome to get in.
“That didn’t change the best way we take into consideration him and he’s had an opportunity now within the staff. I assumed his aim at present epitomised his efficiency, actually, tempo to get in behind after which what a end.”
Palace boss Patrick Vieira was dissatisfied along with his aspect’s opening 45 minutes as they tried to shake off the frustration of their FA Cup semi-final defeat on the weekend, and pissed off that they had been unable to show their domination after the break into objectives.
Vieira stated: “The second half was fairly constructive in our method. After all, dropping within the FA Cup mentally, bodily, that was very difficult.
“We’ve a younger group of gamers who must be taught from these sort of video games and the way do you bounce again the sport after it.
“We struggled to get into the sport within the first half an hour. We had been fairly sluggish in our passes, we didn’t compete nicely sufficient after which in fact we conceded that aim.
“Within the second half, we tried our greatest, however we couldn’t rating.”