Ronald Koeman: "If I had been asked the question in pre-season would we be third in the table after 22 games, maybe I would have laughed.
"But not now because we have a really good team and we have really good spirit and really good organisation, and I'm not surprised that we are now third in the league because we haven't stolen any points and what we have got, we have deserved.
"I am very happy and very proud of everybody. It was a long week, a difficult week, three away games, but okay, if you win games, that gives players the confidence and the spirit that you need to win against Newcastle at home.
"Everybody was proud after the win last week against Manchester United because that's history, that's a great place to win.
"But as a manager I think the win today is still better because it was the third game this week and we have some injuries."