By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Alan Pardew hailed a "massive" win as Newcastle United triumphed 1-0 over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday afternoon.
Shola Ameobi struck the only goal of the game with nine minutes remaining to give the Magpies just their second league victory in nine attempts and lift them away from the Premier League drop zone.
It was a crucial three points going into a busy festive period, and after a run of impressive - but fruitless - performances, the boss was delighted with the outcome at St. James' Park.
"It was a massive win," Pardew told nufcTV.
"Our fans have had to be patient with us and I thank them for that. We got a reward for them today.
"In our last five games we have played well and dominated possession in every match, even Manchester City, and that is going to tell at some point.
"Just as QPR were getting tired we had a moment of real quality.
"Marveaux just held onto that ball for half-a-second longer than maybe another player would and it created the space for Shola.
"If you take away the fact it was QPR, it was much bigger than that. It was a really big game for us, and Shola had the arrogance and ability to let the defender slide across and bury it with his left-foot."