Sat 6 Apr 2024, 20:29 · Ash Harrison

'Instrumental': Eddie Howe identifies the key man in Newcastle's narrow win over Fulham

'Instrumental': Eddie Howe identifies the key man in Newcastle's narrow win over Fulham
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It was a game in which Newcastle United could have gone in at the break several goals down and could have had no complaints, but ultimately that wasn't the case.

Newcastle, as Eddie Howe said in his post-match interview with NUFC TV, rode their luck for a large portion of the first half, but Fulham lacked that danger in the final third.

Bruno Guimaraes was the man who grabbed the winning goal on the 81st minute on his 100th appearance for the club, and when he spoke to NUFC TV, he credited Eddie Howe's team talk for the second half turnaround.

Newcastle did come out for the second half a changed team, playing a lot more like themselves after sleepwalking through the first half.

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Eddie Howe felt it was a very good performance by Bruno

When Eddie Howe was told of Bruno's comments regarding the team talk, Howe revealed that all he asked was for a change in attitude and it was down to the players for delivering on that.

He then went on to praise the match-winner for the role he played in Newcastle grabbing the win.

"Bruno was instrumental in helping us win today. I thought it was a very good performance from him personally."


Unsurprisingly Howe did not agree with VAR's decision to rule out Schar's goal

Eddie Howe then went on to question the decision behind disallowing Fabian Schar's goal which seemed to just energise Newcastle with them scoring just a minute or so later.

"It was a perfectly good goal, I was really surprised. Dan's jumped with force, but if that's a foul then I'm not sure where we're going with the game. That's my opinion.

"I thought VAR would see that it wasn't a clear and obvious error. I'm confused as to why that goal was chalked out from VAR itself and from the referee who saw his own decision which was a perfectly good one, originally."