We were a little worried yesterday because of our inexperienced and makeshift back four, but they all did very well in keeping our first clean sheet and helping get our first win since we beat West Brom 1-0 a full 10 weeks ago – a very long time ago.
This was a massive win for us – there’s no doubt about that – and it should give the players a big lift in their confidence.
And Jamaal Lascelles is our Man of the Match after scoring that vital first goal after 40 minutes as he headed home from an Andros Townsend corner.
The 22 year-old had an excellent game at the back and has 43% of the vote.
Jamaal Lascelles waves to crowd after scoring
Andros Townsend is second after another great game.
The former Tottenham winger scored his third goal for Newcastle after 89 minutes that was brilliantly set up be impressive Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Mitro was only on for 10 minutes but made a contribution to both late goals – the other goal coming from captain for the day Moussa Sissoko after 82 minutes.
That was Moussa’s first goal of the season.
Andros is playing great for us at the moment and it’s small wonder Premier League clubs want to sign him via his £8M release clause in the summer, if we go down.
Vurnon Anita is in third place and he was very solid at right back in keeping the dangerous Jefferson Montero under control – and the Dutchman will retain that position for the game against Manchester City on Tuesday night, even if Daryl Janmaat is fit.
We probably need another three wins at least in our last five games to survive.
On the performance of yesterday we have a chance to do that – even though that chance is still small.
We put out an article on 17 month-old Poppy-Mai on Friday and she has recently been diagnosed with a progressive malignant rhabdoid tumour, a rare and aggressive form of paediatric cancer.
To show their support two of our readers in New Zealand Sean Gordon and his sister Hayley have cut off their hair which will be donated to the Little Princess Trust in the UK.
They will then transform the hair into beautiful wigs for children who have lost their own hair to cancer and all funds raised will go to Poppy-Mai’s family to create Poppy’s Field.