Roeder: We deserved the win
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Glenn Roeder insisted that Newcastle fully deserved their dramatic victory at Spurs.
Glenn Roeder insisted that his under-strength Newcastle side fully deserved their dramatic 3-2 win at Tottenham Hotspur.
The Magpies defied a lengthy injury list and some superb attacking play from Spurs to twice come from behind and take all three points at White Hart Lane.
Martin Jol's side had previously been imperious at home, losing just twice all season, and Roeder was delighted that his young side showed their strength of character by orchestrating an unlikely comeback.
"Those boys in there fully deserved the three points here," Roeder told Sky Sports.
"It's good to be with your players when they have won in the manner they did. To come from behind at White Hart Lane is very difficult.
"There are young boys out there today, the three or four of them who have come through the academy.
"It has been a tough baptism for them over the past six or seven weeks with all the injuries and overall they are coping very well and I thought today they were absolutely tremendous and so were our senior players."
Newcastle's goals came from Paul Huntington, Obafemi Martins and Nicky Butt, and Roeder was full of praise for the goalscorers as well as goalkeeper Shay Given who kept The Magpies in the game with a number of saves.
"Shay Given, undoubtedly in my opinion, is the best goalkeeper in the Premiership," Roeder added.
"He is up there with [Petr] Cech. It is a matter of opinion but it is Shay for me.
"Nicky Butt, I can say now, has been in bed with a heavy dose of flu for five days, has lost nine pounds in weight before the game.
"I don't think many players could get off their sick bed and play the way he played, he was magnificent, and of course Oba Martins scored the goal that showed you what Oba Martins is all about - unstoppable."