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Manager Eddie Howe is confident Newcastle United can avoid relegation and revealed what it would have meant to beat Burnley for the team.
The Magpies went into Saturday’s clash with the Clarets, who sat at the bottom of the Premier League standings. But they did what they failed to do in 14 previous games and came from there with all three points. Callum Wilson scored the all-important goal after 40 minutes.
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope fumbled Joe Willock’s cross and former Bournemouth’s Wilson was ready to play the ball home. That means the Tynesiders are now off the foot of the table, with Norwich under them having played one game less.
The bottom three all have 10 points to their name, and Howe could not hide what the victory meant.
“Absolutely happy for everyone connected to the club. It was a massive match for us and I thought the boys responded,” he told BBC Sport.
“After the first 20 minutes we were fantastic today. Very nervous towards the end as we were desperate for the win. The players did that part really well.”
And the 44-year-old singled out exactly what it will do for his prosecution to get a victory.
“The spirit of the group has shown itself and the atmosphere was unique. I can not praise the supporters enough, ”he added. “We have tried to bring our philosophy to the team. To be forefoot and be more aggressive. We have technical players and athletes.
“Trust is a key in any sport, and we have lacked that. But today, there is a long way to go to rebuild it. “
Howe ready to face the Giants
Newcastle have closed the gap in terms of safety, but things are getting a lot tougher. Next is a trip to King Power Stadium to meet Leicester City next Sunday.
Then Howe takes his men to Anfield on December 16 to play against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. Three days later, the champions arrive at St James’ Park as Manchester City are the opponents.
And Manchester United complete the quartet of tough-looking matches on 27 December. Howe admits it’s going to be tough, but knows they have to take points from the big clubs.
“The campaign does not look friendly,” he continued. “But we can only tick them one at a time. Historically, we have said that you have to take points from the top teams, and that will be the task in December. ”
The Northeast outfit has been linked with many players in the January transfer window. It remains to be seen who will come, but Howe is happy to work with what he has.
And the former Burnley boss is convinced they can strike down.
“January is going to be important, but the players we have here we like and we have to maximize them first,” he said. “The market is changing so much and fast. People above me are planning it. But my only focus is to coach the team. I love working with this group.
“They are hungry and want to reach. We can definitely stay up. We’re in a difficult position and there’s a long way to go, but I believe in what we do.”
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