Moyes praise for Shearer

Last updated : 02 December 2002 By Martyn Elliott

David Moyes

"I don't think there's a team in this division, and that includes Arsenal, who wouldn't have Alan Shearer as a centre forward."

Alan Shearer

"I think it will be up there with the top three, but to be honest I would have taken any type of goal at that stage of the match.

"We needed a goal desperately, and Everton were keeping out everything we threw at them. I had a header saved by Richard Wright in the first half and I was starting to think it was going to be one of those days.

"But when the ball dropped I just thought if you don't buy a ticket you don't win anything. Nine times out of ten it will land in the top row, but thankfully it flew in the top corner.

"It was an important time to get the goal, and it gave us that lift to go on and get the winner. It wasn't a vintage performance, but we kept plugging away and were rewarded for our patience."

Sir Bobby

"I'm delighted that we kept plugging away, and we got what we deserved in the end.

"They did well to frustrate us after taking the lead with virtually their first attack in our box, and once they had the man sent off we knew they would make it tough.

"But I always felt we were in control. We played some good, patient football and the only think that was missing was our final ball into the box.

"I said to John Carver at 1-0 that it was going to take something special to get us back into it, and I don't think Alan Shearer has hit a better strike than that to make it 1-1.

"As soon as that has hit the net I knew there was only going to be one winner, and that's turned out to be the case.

"Before this game we were eight points away from Chelsea and they are lying third. So the three points today closes the gap to five, we've got a game in hand against Bolton at home and Chelsea have to come to us."

Craig Bellamy

"Of course it is a better feeling than Wednesday.

"I have taken a lot of stick but all I can do is get out there and not let it bother me, which is what I did. My team-mates have been great, they really supported me and it's all credit to them."

David Moyes

"We're extremely proud of them, but disappointed that we didn't get more from the game. We defended really well and I think you all know what kind of goal it took to get Newcastle back in the game.

"By the rules, it's a sending-off, but I think it was harsh. I think we're all a little bit sick of the referees sending them off so easily.

"He didn't pull his jersey, he didn't trip him up. He ran over the back of his legs, and I think if you look at the incident, which I've been fortunate enough to see two or three times, you wouldn't have said that he actually meant to stop the boy going through to score a goal.

"I think the referees are hiding a little bit behind the law at the moment."

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