Very important win

Last updated : 23 March 2003 By Martyn Elliott

Sir Bobby

"It was very important for us to win today, with Chelsea winning by five, had we not won today, it (the gap between Newcastle and Chelsea) is reduced to four points.

"It's still seven, one more game played, one game less to play, so there's seven games to go, 21 points and Manchester United to come here.

"Having seen them win and Chelsea have won, we had to win today. It's been a good day for us - it's been a great day for us.

"To win 5-1 after Wednesday night is brilliant. I just hope the crowd stayed in and saw the goals at the end.

"It was what we expected. We've had a hard match. They had had four wins on the trot and didn't have anyone out of the side.

"Before the game, I thought if we can again just win 2-1 like we've done a lot of the games this season, just one goal more, I'll be happy.

"We played spasmodically actually, but when we were really good, when we had spells of good play, we were brilliant."

Graeme Souness

"That's what it will say in the papers tomorrow, but I don't think it was a 5-1.

"I thought for 75 minutes, we gave them a game. In the last 15 minutes, we had too many people who didn't do their jobs.

"Obviously Newcastle will look at their goals and take the positives out of the game, but there were some goals they scored today that any decent defender would have stopped.

"We weren't at the races. The fourth goal, Kieron Dyer going through Craig Short in a 50-50 block tackle, I've never seen that happen before."