DAN Gosling feels hard work in training was the key behind Newcastle United’s late win over Aston Villa – after the “longest week” of the season.
United boss Alan Pardew cancelled a planned day off after the 4-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on February 12, a result which was Newcastle’s fifth successive home loss in all competitions.
The Magpies bounced back on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa, with Loic Remy returning from suspension to score the winner in stoppage time.
Gosling – whose chances have been limited this season and spent a loan spell at Blackpool in the first half of the campaign – came on as a late sub and was delighted to see the hard work pay off.
The midfielder said: “It was very disappointing against Tottenham.
“As good as they were, we were far from ourselves. I think the fixtures caught up on us.
“Everyone felt really hurt and we had a tough week after that.
“I think the work paid off because we went right to the last minute and thankfully Loic got the goal.
“It was the longest week all season I think, and that’s no joke either. It was a lot of work and it feels worth it now.”
Remy was Newcastle’s match-winner against Paul Lambert’s side, with the on-loan QPR frontman bagging his 12th goal of the season.
The Frenchman latched onto Luuk De Jong’s deflected shot before turning Ron Vlaar and firing home at the Gallowgate End to send St James’s Park into raptures.
The win lifted Newcastle back into eighth in the Premier League, with Remy’s goal their first since the sale of Yohan Cabaye in January.
It was also the first Newcastle had struck at home in the league since Papiss Demba Cisse’s Boxing Day penalty against Stoke.
Gosling was introduced by Pardew two minutes before the 90 minutes were up against Villa for just his second Premier League appearance of the season and was full of praise for Remy whose goal has given the side a “big lift”.
He added: “It’s a big lift for us and we needed that after the last few results.
“It was a crucial goal and it’s put us back to eighth in the league, so we couldn’t ask for much more.
“We scored the winner when I was on the pitch, so I couldn’t ask for much better.
“I think that’s probably the best way to win a game. Thankfully it fell to the right man in the box and Loic has been brilliant for us.
“Hopefully that will carry on to the end of the season.”