Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul admitted that they did not produce a good enough performance to be worthy of all three points against West Brom at St James' Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Magpies escaped the match with a 2-1 victory and Krul believes that winning when you are not at your best is a good signal that the team is moving in the right direction.
They took the lead through a Demba Ba volley before being pegged back by a Romelu Lukaku header and it looked like if someone was to take all three points it was going to be West Brom. But in the 93rd minute Sammy Ameobi's shot cannoned off the back of Papisse Cisse for his first goal of the season to give Newcastle the victory.
“It’s nice to get three points, but we’ve been lucky because we had a break,” Krul told the Gazette.
“Sometimes, you have to just take it when you don’t deserve it. In the second half we didn’t play that well. Sometimes, you have to take the draw. To get a break like that was incredible.
“We weren’t good enough – everybody knows that – but we kept trying. When you don’t play well you have to accept it, but to take three points is incredible. This win will set us up for the next few weeks. We’re going back in the right direction.”
Krul continued to pay homage to the efforts of Hatem Ben Arfa and Cisse.
“Hatem lost the ball a couple of times, but he kept trying,” added Krul. I think that’s why we earned the winner. At the end of the day, that’s the spirit we show.”
“It doesn’t matter how they come, you take it, he’s been working his socks off in training. He was brilliant last season. Demba has stepped in for Papiss when he hasn’t scored, and it’s the other way round.”