Eddie Howe insists he’s under no illusions at the monumental task he has in steering Newcastle to safety following their 2-0 defeat at Arsenal.
The winless Magpies suffered their seventh defeat of the season as England forward Bukayo Saka and substitute Gabriel Martinelli killed the Premier League contest at the Emirates.
It means Newcastle are rooted to the bottom of the table with just six points accumulated in 13 matches.
Howe says it’s great to be back in the dugout after isolating following his COVID-19 diagnosis and break from management after leaving Bournemouth last year, but admits he’s disappointed with the result.
“It’s good to be back,” he told talkSPORT. “I’ve missed the cut and thrust and drama of management.
“Pleased to be back in the dugout, disappointed with the result. I thought there was some good things from today’s game.
“There was probably a spell in the middle of the match where we just lost our way slightly. Conceded two goals and Martin Dubravka made some good saves but I don’t think we were under too much pressure.”
“I thought we held our own and the game could have been different.”
Asked if he think Callum Wilson should have got a penalty in the second half, Howe added: “The penalty is a key moment. The games swings massively in that moment and we were on the wrong end of a top save and a questionable decision.
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“I don’t think this team has had a lot of luck this season but we are in the position that we’re in and we have to try and create our own luck, that’s what we’re going to endeavour to do.
“In football, if you work hard you’ll get your reward in the end.”
Asked about the difficult job he has at hand in steering Newcastle to safety, Howe added: “I’m under no illusions.
“We’re going to stick by it and we have to get points and that’s what we’re going to try to do.”
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