Newcastle boss doesn’t care how he beat Chelsea

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Even Newcastle supporters were surprised that they got the three points at the St James Park against Chelsea on Saturday evening.

The Magpies were holding out for a goalless draw and trying to keep Chelsea at bay until they got their first corner kick of the game in stoppage time.

The corner was cleared by Willian, and while it seemed danger had been averted, Newcastle player Saint-Maximin curled back the ball in from a deep position on the left. Isaac Hayden then rose highest at the far post to head the ball in.

Chelsea had 70 percent of the ball and dominated large spells of the game, but it was Newcastle who got the three points at the death.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has hailed his side for the performance and was less worried about the style Newcastle approached to the game.

He said: “The players worked so hard. But talk about smash and grab! The one thing we did do, and you can’t fault the boys, is we defended really well. We showed great resilience. We’ve nicked it, sneaked it, whatever you want. You can’t fault them to a man, for their effort and endeavour.

“We’ve got to look after the ball better, but we tried to change earlier on [this season] and I didn’t think we were ready. The players are used to playing this way for a couple of years, it suits them. We will gradually get better, we’ll have to improve. That’s the next step. But we’ve got a few results against the big teams.”

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