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The gloom around Newcastle United was finally lifted yesterday, as a late Loic Remy strike gave the Magpies a much needed 1-0 win over Aston Villa. It looked like being another goalless display from Alan Pardew's side, but Remy's dramatic last-gasp goal has brightened the mood around the club, and Pardew thanked the fans for keeping patient with his team.
"We probably just did enough and it was nice to see the stadium buzzing at the end, because the fans have been very, very patient with us and not had lots to cheer recently," he told the club's official website. "That goal was so important for this club, to get some momentum back because we had lost it. It was a big, big result."
The result likely lifts some of the pressure on Pardew, who has been under-fire recently, but central defender Mike Williamson maintains that the players will keep fighting to push themselves further up the table, and praised his team mates for their character in the win over Villa.
"The last thing the lads want is for the season to peter out. We want to keep pushing and to prove we can look up the league rather than down the league." Williamson said. "I thought the character shone through more than anything. I don't think there was a great deal of quality on the pitch, but that's what happens when a team lacks confidence."
"But what you have got to do is roll your sleeves up and do the basics and work as hard as you can and I thought that was what the team did," he added.
Meanwhile, manager Pardew has admitted that Sunday's matchwinner Loic Remy may be a target for bigger clubs this summer. The Frenchman took his tally for the season to 12 goals, and Premier League rivals Arsenal had been linked with a swoop for the on-loan QPR man, to which Pardew acknowledged could be a possibility.
"Loic Remy is going to be hot property and will get a lot of headlines. His goals could make it harder for us to buy him. Perhaps I will leave him out of the next 11 games," he said.