Eddie Howe drops exciting Bruno Guimaraes claim; issues plea to Newcastle hierarchy

Eddie Howe, Newcastle boss

Eddie Howe believes Bruno Guimaraes will be an important part of the Newcastle team for years to come, while the manager has also made a request to the club’s owners.

The Magpies beat Wolves 1-0 at St James’ Park on Friday to reach 34 points and move up to 14th place. They are now 10 points above the relegation zone – although the bottom three do have games in hand – with seven matches left.

Newcastle dominated for large periods, while Wolves were uncharacteristically sloppy.

However, Newcastle didn’t create too many clear-cut chances during the first half. Chris Wood did get the ball in the back of the net with 23 minutes on the clock, but this was ruled out due to offside.

The game opened up in the second half and Wolves began to threaten. However, Newcastle survived and took the lead in the 72nd minute.

Joelinton played Wood in and the January signing drew a foul from Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa in the box.

Wood receives Eddie Howe praise after first home goal

The striker smashed the resultant penalty into the net to mark his first Newcastle goal at St James’ Park.

Wolves couldn’t get an equaliser, meaning Howe’s men took home the important three points.

Howe told Sky Sports after the match (via BBC Sport): “Massive tonight. It was the kind of game we expected it to be. Wolves make it difficult for you. We had our moments. It took a penalty to win the game but the players gave everything again.

“I am so pleased for Chris Wood. You could see him filling in on the left of midfield. He is a willing lad. The goal will do wonders for him. I am pleased he stepped up and took it.”

Bruno Guimaraes of Newcastle

Midfielder Bruno Guimaraes was impressive and picked up Sky Sports’ man of the match award. On the Brazilian, Howe continued: “He is going to be a mainstay of the team. The difficulty is that we went on that winning run and it was difficult to break the midfield up.

“He got his opportunity today and I thought he was excellent. He offered a different dimension. I am excited by what he can bring to the team.”

Eddie Howe then made an indirect plea to the Newcastle board, asking them for more new arrivals in the near future.

He said: “We still have work to do but that was a massive step forward tonight. It brings us closer to safety. I hope there will be a different Newcastle in the future but we have to play a certain way to get results at the moment.”

Chris Wood reacts to home atmosphere

During a post-match interview with Sky Sports, Wood was asked about the home crowd: “Fantastic,” he replied. “There is something about playing in front of St James’ Park and we want to get them up for it. Luckily today we did.”

Wood has a good record against Wolves. On this, he added: “It helps when you play those teams you do well against.

“It is always good to score as a striker but ultimately we need points to get out of relegation battle and to build next season. It is getting closer.

“We want this club to go to the next level. We need to get to 40 points and then build.”

Newcastle’s next match is against Leicester City on Sunday April 17 at 14:15.

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