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For all the doom and gloom surrounding Newcastle United in recent weeks, Sunday's dramatic 1-0 win over Aston Villa has reinvigorated the club, and striker Luuk de Jong has praised the fans for their impact in driving the Magpies on to victory, and whilst the Dutchman is still without a goal for his new club, his comments will endear him to supporters.
"It was really important to win at home, especially for the fans. They pushed us on in the last five or 10 minutes, and that helped us. We created some good chances and eventually at the end we scored the goal," said the Borussia Monchengladbach loanee.
The win ends an alarming slide for Alan Pardew's men, but with the Magpies now unlikely to get sucked into the relegation battle and equally unlikely to trouble the top six, many had suggested that their season would simply peter out with nothing to play, yet captain Fabrizio Coloccini maintains that they want to keep winning.
"People might say there is not a lot to play for in the rest of the season but that is not correct," the defender said. "It is never a problem to get motivated when you are playing for a club like this. All of us in the dressing room know about Newcastle's history and we know we are playing for one of the biggest clubs in the country. That is what we are fighting for when we go on the pitch.
"The biggest motivation is knowing that you are representing Newcastle and the Newcastle fans. When you think about the 52,000 fans who come here to support us, you know you have to go out and give your all," the Argentine said.
The pressure is still on Pardew to get results, but the former Southampton boss appears confident in his position, especially as he has already made comments about the budget for the Magpies in the summer, with Pardew looking to spend big in order to improve the squad.
“We can build on this win now and the way we need to build is by finishing strongly and then we can go into the summer and strengthen,”
“We all know as much as we haven’t spent any money in the last 18 months, we have got a nice little kitty there and we’ve got to make good use of it. If we make good use of it we can come back stronger next year.”
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