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Eddie Howe believes Bruno Guimaraes will be an important part of the Newcastle team in the coming years, while the manager has also made a request to the club’s owners.
The Magpies beat the Wolves 1-0 at St James’ Park on Friday to reach 34 points and move up to 14th place. They are now 10 points above the relegation line – even though the bottom three have matches in hand – with seven matches left.
Newcastle dominated for large periods, while the Wolves were uncharacteristically sloppy.
However, Newcastle did not create too many clear chances in the first half. Chris Wood got the ball in the back of the net with 23 minutes on the clock, but this was ruled out due to offside.
The game opened up in the second half and the Wolves began to threaten. Newcastle, however, survived and took the lead in the 72nd minute.
Joelinton played Wood in and January pulled a mistake from Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa in the box.
Wood receives Eddie Howe praise after first home goal
The striker smashed the resulting penalty kick into the net to mark his first Newcastle goal at St James’ Park.
The Wolves could not get an equalizer, meaning Howe’s men took home the important three points.
how told it Sky Sports after the game (via BBC Sports): “Massive tonight. It was the kind of game we were expecting. Wolves make it hard for you. We had our moments. It took a penalty kick to win the match, but the players gave it their all again.
“I’m so happy for Chris Wood. You could see him fill in to the left in midfield. He’s a willing boy. The goal will do wonders for him. I’m glad he got up and took it.”
Midfielder Bruno Guimaraes was impressive and picked up Sky Sports’ man of the match prize. As for the Brazilian, Howe continued: “He’s going to be a cornerstone of the team. The difficulty is that we went on that winning streak and it was hard to break the midfield up.
“He got his chance today and I thought he was excellent. He offered another dimension. I’m excited about what he can bring to the team.”
Eddie Howe then made an indirect prayer to Newcastle’s board, asking them for more newcomers in the near future.
He said: ‘We still have work to do but it was a big step forward tonight. It brings us closer to safety. I hope there will be another Newcastle in the future but we have to play on a certain way of achieving results at the moment. “
Chris Wood responds to home mood
During an interview after the match with Sky Sports, Wood was asked about the home crowd: “Fantastic,” he replied. “There’s something about playing in front of St James’ Park and we want them up to it. Luckily we did today.”
Wood has a good record against the Wolves. About this, he added: “It helps when you play the teams you do well against.
“It’s always good to score as a striker, but in the end we need points to get out of the relegation battle and build next season. It’s getting closer.
“We want this club to go to the next level. We have to reach 40 points and then build.”
Newcastle’s next match is against Leicester City on Sunday 17 April at 14:15.
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