Newcastle Manager, Rafa Benitez has praised his players for their fighting spirit in their victory over Westham to secure their first win since October.
The Magpies has had a difficult run of games in their last ten matches and their not too impressive results got them into the relegation zone but their victory today ensured they climbed back to 15th on the league table few days ahead of Christmas.
Benitez said after the match: “I think it’s a great day for our fans, players, and everyone. We have been working so hard and have not won, it was a pity.
“But at Westham, we fought for every single ball.
“We worked so hard, hit the post and the bar.
“There was also a penalty outside the box and other things went against us, but we held on.
“Rob Elliot saved a penalty and we got the goals when we needed them.
“There were so many games that we deserved more than we got.
“We can enjoy it for a couple of days now.”
Even as the former Liverpool Manager is now hopeful that his team has turned their situation around, he was not too concerned.
He continued: “I hope so.
“It’s difficult when you have a bad run but we analyzed the games and deserved more from four or five of them.
“But we lost confidence and it was very important for us to win.
“It was important for us to have a good performance against a good team, and they started well with pace, then later this long balls and second balls, but we dealt with things well.” – Benitez concluded.