Leon Best

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter


United illustrated their never-say-die attitude with a 2-0 win at Bolton, according to striker Leon Best.

On a tricky Boxing Day afternoon at the Reebok Stadium, the Magpies put pressure on the hosts but were forced to wait until the 69th minute before finally opening the scoring.

Best, who started his third consecutive game, made way just past the hour mark for Hatem Ben Arfa. The Frenchman broke the deadlock soon after, swiftly followed by top scorer Demba Ba.

And Best believes it was a good squad performance, admitting: "It was a massive result.

"It's a hard place to come. We came here last year and got beaten 5-1. So this just shows how much we have come on as a team.

"I was a bit disappointed coming off. I just need a little goal to get my confidence back up there.

"But Hatem came on, great finish, and then Demba, who is scoring from every angle at the minute. He's unbelievable.

"It just goes to show it's a team game and it's the win, the 30-point mark and other results went our way too.

"The workrate from everyone was superb and we just ran them down. We kept trying, kept knocking on the door and never gave up, and that says a lot about us as a team."