Mike Williamson

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter


Hard work and persistence were the key ingredients of Newcastle's last-gasp win over West Bromwich Albion, according to defender Mike Williamson.

When Sammy Ameobi's strike hit the back of teammate Papiss Cisse to wrongfoot Baggies stopper Ben Foster deep into injury-time, it sealed a 2-1 victory and all three points for United.

Following the final whistle, Williamson was honest enough to admit that the Magpies weren't firing on all cylinders at St. James' Park, but the former Watford man was delighted to have ground out a crucial result.

"Three points was a must today," Williamson told nufc.co.uk.

"We can't say it was well-deserved, but the lads worked hard and sometimes you get the luck that we got today.

"The gaffer has set targets for us and we needed three points. It was a satisfying result, which was earned by a lot of endeavour and persistence.

"Maybe Papiss' winner was just reward for the amount of graft we put in."

The victory moved Newcastle back into the top ten of the Premier League, and following last season's fifth-placed finish it goes without saying that everyone inside the dressing room is looking onwards and upwards.

"It's still early doors but it's all about building momentum and getting a level of consistency to take us forward," said Williamson.

"We want to be higher up the league and this win has put us a bit closer to our target."

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