Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has lauded his squad's attitude after they overcame a resilient Newcastle side 1-0 courtesy of Luke Moore’s late winner.
With five minutes remaining and the tie still goalless, Moore broke the deadlock with a neat finish to ensure that the Swans took home the spoils and moved into eighth place in the Premier League.
This game was their first fixture since they lifted the Capital One Cup with a 5-0 victory over Bradford City last Sunday, and Laudrup was particularly pleased with his players’ growing maturity and how they did not rest of their laurels.
“There was a lot to be pleased about today. Firstly the win and secondly our attitude. I spoke in the week about the fact you sometimes see a negative reaction after a big win, but our reaction was an excellent first half where we showed lots of good touches, movement off the ball, and we created chances," he told reporters.
“We went in at 0-0 but we deserved so much more. After that, Newcastle came into the game and had some very good chances but, like us, they did not score when they were at their best and so that late goal decided the game.
“It shows our maturity, sometimes with smaller teams when they do well and get recognition from the media you see a reaction in the game after. You can forget every game starts 0-0."
The Dutchman was also eager to praise matchwinner Moore, after the striker scored his first Premier League goal in over a year.
“It is good for Luke to come in and score in a very important game. He has helped us to reach 40 points a week after the cup win and it has made this a really great week," he continued.
“He has been out of the side for several weeks but when we have rotated the squad we have tended to do well.”