Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has admitted his team were lucky to pick up their 2-0 win at Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday, but believes they deserved a change in fortunes.
A Scott Dann own goal early in the match and a cool finish from second-half substitute Gabriel Obertan handed the Magpies an important three points as they bid to land a European place.
With the three points, Newcastle are now fifth, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, and Pardew is thankful his side have luck on their side once again as they downed a resurgent Blackburn side.
“To be honest we’ve dug in all year that’s why we’ve found ourselves where we are, some tremendous defending,” he told Sky Sports.
“Blackburn are in good form and they made it very, very difficult for us tonight. We had the breaks in the game which we didn’t get at Brighton and you need that sometimes and that was probably the difference tonight.
With the opening goal coming from a Blackburn defender, it was suggested that luck was on their side, and when asked if he felt Newcastle were owed such a goal, Pardew agreed.
He continued: “Yeah, but we also we had some breaks defensively but we were due a little bit [luck] and unfortunately for Blackburn we got a little bit of fortune tonight but also some tremendous play."
The former West Ham boss also praised the efforts of Tim Krul in goal and former Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan, whose goal secured the win.
He added: “The goalie was calm and I thought he was excellent. It was excellent to see Obertan get the goal because he is making a nice little niche for himself.”