Eddie Howe has praised Chris Wood’s “magnificent” performance during the 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.
The New Zealand’s search for his first Magpies goal continued - but Howe feels the striker contributed in other ways.
Wood was at the heart of Ryan Fraser’s opener as he played Jacob Murphy in on goal. The shot hit the post before the Scot fired home the follow up.
The 30-year-old battled well against central defenders Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy to put him arguably his best display since joining from Burnley in January.
Dunk’s header midway on 55 minutes made it a nervy second-half but Fabian Schar’s 14th-minute goal proved to be the winner.
“I think there is an expectation we will see the game out,” Howe said after the game. “That only comes from winning, you can’t give the players that.
We did it really well. Brighton had a lot of the ball but didn’t create a whole load of chances, Martin made some good saves.
“That’s credit to the whole team, everyone plays their part. Chris Wood was magnificent for the team. Everyone contributes.”
Howe also praised the back four of Emil Krafth, Fabian Schar, Dan Burn - against his former club - and Matt Targett.
“Very pleased, he is very consistent,” Howe said when asked about Targett’s display. “Defensively, he knows the position, inside and out.
“I have to compliment Dan Burn alongside him - against his former team, which is never easy - he was a giant, excuse the pun.
“Top, top performances from our backline again. Fabian gets a goal, performed very well. Emil as well, he was superb.”