DAVIDE Santon is adamant that the best is yet to come from Newcastle United.
Santon helped the club claim a famous 1-0 Premier League victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
And the result saw Newcastle end the weekend in seventh place, four points above the defending champions.
The challenge now for Alan Pardew’s side – who face eighth-placed Southampton at St James’s Park on Saturday – is to build on a run of five wins in six games and challenge for a European place.
For his part, Santon is confident there will be no complacency in the dressing room.
“That win was fantastic,” Santon told SportMail.
“It wasn’t just the win, it was the clean sheet as well. It’s hard for any team to keep a clean sheet at Manchester United.
“It was an amazing performance, and everybody was so happy.
“But now we can’t just think ‘we’ve beaten Manchester United’, we have to think about the next game.
“In the last six matches, we have had five wins. It’s fantastic.
“We’re in good shape. We have a good, strong team.
“Confidence is really high and we don’t want to stop.”
Newcastle – who hadn’t won at Old Trafford in 41 years – outplayed an ordinary-looking Man United side and claimed a deserved win thanks to Yohan Cabaye’s second-half goal.
And Santon and his team-mates went to the club’s 3,000-strong away support at the final whistle to thank them for their backing.
“It was amazing – we won after 41 years,” added the defender.
“We needed a performance from all the team, and I think we deserved the win.
“The fans helped us a lot. They’re amazing every time we play away.
“They’re always with us. It was very good. The win was for the fans.
“After the game we went to them and said thank you. I think they deserved it.
“It was an amazing moment to have everybody together.”
Santon, 22, felt Newcastle made the most of the space given to them by Man United’s narrower formation.
The champions are renowned for playing with width, but struggled as an attacking force at the weekend.
“We started the game well,” said the Italy international.
“We played the ball much better. They played really narrow, so we had so much space.
“I think we played really well. The first half finished 0-0. When the second half started, we knew we could win the game.
“We didn’t just defend, we tried to attack and win the game. We had a big chance and we won.”