Eddie Howe says last gasp win at Forest feels ‘big moment’ of Newcastle season
Eddie Howe Newcastle’s late win at Nottingham Forest could prove to be a defining moment in his side’s pursuit of Champions League football next season.
Alexander Isaac They paid an injury time penalty to win 2-1 and close the points gap with fourth-placed Tottenham.
Forest took the lead in the 26th minute with Emmanuel Dennis’ first goal for the club, but Isak equalized in spectacular fashion on the stroke of half-time.
A second half of frustration prevailed as Howe’s team searched for a winner, especially when a controversial goal was ruled out by VAR.
However, after Musa Niahate’s handball, Isaac had the final say on the spot.
“Winning streak, winning streak is very important in this division,” Howe said. “The quality of the team, the strength of the opponents is very difficult.
“It was an important moment of our season and we were able to dig deep and find a winner.
“I don’t know[how important it is]at the moment, but it felt like a big moment at the end.
“We have had many tough matches in cup finals against top opponents. been tried.
“Thanks to the players. It was a big win.”
Had Elliot Anderson’s goal not been ruled out for offside during the build-up, we could have scored a point before stoppage time.
“The VAR goal is a good starting point. I don’t know what happened there,” he said. “I’m not sure, so I’ll have to sit down and see what happened.
“I was surprised to see the referee go to the VAR screen and make that decision and that call.
“But that’s what it is, and the big thing is that the players responded to it very well.”
bad news for them MagpieHowever, Miguel Almiron suffered a thigh injury during training and was ruled out for six weeks.
“Miggie pulled a thigh muscle during a workout and unfortunately it was pretty bad. It’s going to take six weeks,” Howe said.
Forest has also had problems with referee Paul Tierney, and it is understood that the club’s owner was furious with the referee’s performance.
The main point of contention was Tierney’s decision not to award a free-kick in the build-up to Isak’s equalizer on the stroke of half-time.
Boss Steve Cooper called into Tierney’s changing room at halftime newcastle Assistant manager Jason Tindall said: “I won’t go into too much detail on that fact, but it’s a foul on Andre (Ayu) in the build-up.
“The referee made a bad decision and so did we. Handball over penalties is something we cannot discuss.”
Former Newcastle midfielder jonjo shelby He suggested that his old teammates may have influenced the referee.
“To be honest, I didn’t expect them to whine as much as they did on the pitch,” he told Sky Sports.
“To be fair, their team has a lot of quirky bags and I jokingly tell them that.
“But I hope they make it to Europe. I can only say positive things about the whole club, the people there, the staff there… I made a lot of friends and they keep pushing. I’m glad you did.” League up.
“But I’m representing this club now. I’ll be there to win as soon as I cross the white line. I didn’t do it today, but I’ll come again.”