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Lads' determination delights Andre

Andre Villas-Boas was impressed with the team’s ‘determination and power’ to secure a 2-1 win against Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday.

Gareth Bale stole the show with both goals as we dominated the second half after rejuvenated Newcastle hit back to level in the first half.

We made an impressive start in the early kick-off, rewarded when Gareth hit a now-trademark free-kick up and over the wall from 25 yards inside five minutes.

But Newcastle, chasing three wins on the trot after beating Chelsea last week, levelled after 24 minutes when Gouffran’s shot deflected off Michael Dawson and flew into the top corner.

Gareth broke away from half-way to grab the winner with 12 minutes remaining and came so close to grabbing a hat-trick – Tim Krul produced two fantastic saves at full stretch and Gareth later blazed over from six yards.

The win stretched our current run to 10 matches unbeaten and one loss in 14 in the Premier League. We jumped over Chelsea into third place for a couple of hours but now sit fourth again after the Blues’ 4-1 win against Wigan.

“We started well and could have gone 2-0 up in the first half,” said Andre.

“If we made it 2-0, you never know, but it puts us in a good position.

“Newcastle’s equaliser put us under more pressure, that’s normal, and we responded very well in the second half, took control of the situation, took control of the game, created many opportunities.

“It was a competitive game against Newcastle, after their two wins, it was always going to be difficult. It’s win that counts a lot for us.”

Meanwhile, Andre dedicated the win to goalkeeping coach Tony Parks, whose son Joe was involved in a serious car crash earlier this week. “Tony is going through a very difficult moment in his personal life and hopefully this will bring a smile to his face. It’s a win we dedicate to Parksy.”

Gareth celebrates