Eddie Howe insists Newcastle looked like an ‘ELITE team’ during their 3-1 win over Aston Villa and are ‘capable of achieving great things’ after looking ‘disjointed’ at times during the season
- Newcastle ended Aston Villa’s 17-match unbeaten run at Villa Park on Tuesday
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Eddie Howe says Newcastle looked like an ‘elite team’ when they handed Aston Villa their first home defeat of the season.
The Magpies have won just once away from home in the Premier League this term, but were full value for a 3-1 triumph, secured thanks to a double from Fabian Schar and Alex Moreno’s own goal.
Alexander Isak’s withdrawal due to a groin problem was the only sour note, leaving Howe with no fit forwards given Callum Wilson’s current calf absence.
But the head coach was delighted with his team’s performance and returned them to the European places.
“We looked like an elite team capable of achieving great things,” he said. “The mixed feeling is that we haven’t really seen that (away from home this season.
Eddie Howe said his Newcastle side looked like an ‘elite team’ in their win over Aston Villa
Newcastle won away from home in the league for just the second time this season against a side that went into the game at Villa Park unbeaten in 17 games.
Fabian Schar netted twice before Alex Moreno put the ball into the back of his own net
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‘The team looked different at points but today we looked more like ourselves. It was not only a great win, but a great performance. It was like us from last year. But we have to build on this now.’
Howe added: ‘Our game plan was to be aggressive and stop their rhythm, which we did in the first half. Also to use our transitions and get in behind, knowing they are playing a high line. Fabian took his two goals brilliantly and he has it in him, he has great technical ability.’
Would Isak and Wilson’s absence force Newcastle into the transfer market before tomorrow’s deadline?
“I expect we’ll be done for the window,” he said. ‘There is very little time for us to do anything – either in or out. We don’t know the severity of Isak’s injury, but hope it’s not too bad. But his injury is unlikely to change things. I don’t think we have the ability to do that (someone signs).’
Meanwhile, Unai Emery was disappointed with his side’s sluggish start to the game.
“The first half we didn’t control the game as we wanted and they played well and we have to accept that,” he said.
‘Second half we scored the goal (to make it 3-1). We tried to score the second goal, but after the game I told them I was proud of them, after many successful games here. We have to move on and try to move forward.’
Newcastle’s season has been disjointed, largely due to injuries – with Alekxander Isak the latest player to come off the field during a game with a problem on Tuesday night
Newcastle will be hoping that the win can spur them on to a much improved second half of the season
Emery has confirmed that Middlesbrough forward Morgan Rogers is set to join in a deal rising to £15m.
“We are following him with the scouts and I think he is a young player with potential and hopefully we can sign him tomorrow and he can start a new chapter here,” he said. “We’re excited to work with him and hopefully he can progress here like we think he can.”