Eddie Howe claims Newcastle United have proven they’re ‘not dead and buried’ in Premier League basement battle

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The Magpies won just their second game of the Premier League season.

Newcastle United have proven to their Premier League relegation battle rivals that they’re far from ‘dead and buried’ - that’s the view of head coach Eddie Howe.

An emotional, animated Howe watched on from the Elland Road dugout as his Magpies side claimed all three points with a 1-0 win over Leeds United.

It was just United’s second win since May 2021.

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And the United boss believes his players showed resilience and fight - something seemingly lacking in their last two abject home encounters with Watford and Cambridge United.

Eddie Howe, Manager of Newcastle United celebrates after their sides victory during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Newcastle United at Elland Road on January 22, 2022 in Leeds, England. Eddie Howe, Manager of Newcastle United celebrates after their sides victory during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Newcastle United at Elland Road on January 22, 2022 in Leeds, England.
Eddie Howe, Manager of Newcastle United celebrates after their sides victory during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Newcastle United at Elland Road on January 22, 2022 in Leeds, England. | Getty Images

‘Hopefully it can transform our season’

“I think you always learn things about your players, win lose or draw,” said Howe.

“We showed there is resilience in the team, we are fighting for each other. They are fighting for the club. They have belief they are not dead and buried. There is more to come.

“I am so, so pleased for everyone connected with Newcastle, that we won the game. Hopefully it can transform our season.”

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‘We did not surrender’

Where United faltered against Watford, throwing away two points by conceding late on, as they retreated further and further into their footballing shell, this Leeds performance was in many ways the antitheses of what went seven days previous.

Newcastle United fans celebrate their sides first goal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Newcastle United at Elland Road on January 22, 2022 in Leeds, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)Newcastle United fans celebrate their sides first goal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Newcastle United at Elland Road on January 22, 2022 in Leeds, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Newcastle United fans celebrate their sides first goal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Newcastle United at Elland Road on January 22, 2022 in Leeds, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images) | Getty Images

“Massively impressed with the players. That was a big test after last week,” said Howe.

“I think the pleasing thing was, we had a 1-0 lead and it wasn't backs to the wall. We looked the most likely team to score.

We counter attacked very, very well and I did think we looked a threat in the second half. We did not surrender possession in space, we kept looking to attack.

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