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The Magpies striker netted an injury-time winner to hand the hosts the points at St James' Park, and admits the victory will give Alan Pardew's side a much-needed boost

Newcastle United striker Loic Remy admits there is a sense of relief around the club after striking late in a 1-0 win over Aston Villa a St James' Park on Sunday.

The Frenchman popped up deep into stoppage time to lash home a late winner for Alan Pardew's men, ending the side's barren run of over seven hours without a goal.

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And the on-loan QPR forward believes the victory could help to kick-start Newcastle's season as it ended a four-game winless streak and ensured Pardew's men bounced back from five successive home defeats in all competitions. 

"I am relieved because we lost some important players like [Yohan] Cabaye (who joined Paris Saint-Germain in January) and we had so many injuries, so for us it was very important [to win] for the confidence in the team," Remy told Sky Sports.

"It is good to win even at home. The fans are expecting a lot from us so now we are very pleased and I think the team are fine for the rest of this season."

Remy's late goal made the difference on his return from a three-match ban after being sent off in the 0-0 stalemate at Norwich City last month, and the 27-year-old is determined to make up for lost time. 

"I was very hungry," he continued. "I missed three games. I left my team-mates. I missed some good opportunities so maybe for the next game I will try to score more goals.

"I never feel my chance has gone because I really want to score or give assists, so for me when the game is not finished I believe I can score."

Remy dedicated his match-winning strike to assistant boss John Carver, whose father recently passed away.

"I would like to dedicate this one to JC [John Carver] because of his father as unfortunately not all the players could be there for his funeral," he added.

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