‘You never know how important this could be’ - what the opposition’s media thought of Norwich City’s defeat at Newcastle United
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How the Chronicle and The Northern Echo reported Norwich's dramatic 4-3 defeat to Newcastle United at St James' Park.
'Newcastle and their No 9 persisted, though, and got their reward. But once they finally had their foot on Norwich's throat, the hosts took pity.'
'While not as dominant as Newcastle had been 45 minutes earlier, Norwich dominated the start of the second period and were soon in front.'
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'It was a crazy end to a crazy game littered with contradictions. No one on the terraces gave a hoot about that when McGovern fished the ball out for a fourth time.'
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'As the game entered injury-time, United were looking at a seven-point deficit to the Canaries.
'By the full-time whistle, Newcastle found themselves just a solitary point behind Norwich and three off pacesetters Huddersfield Town.'
The Northern Echo
• Match report
'Dwight Gayle's opener was a long-forgotten memory with Graham Dorrans, Cameron Jerome and Jacob Murphy having scored for Norwich, and even when Gayle hauled a goal back, a winning comeback still looked extremely unlikely.'
'There was Rafael Benitez, celebrating a comeback every bit as unlikely as the one he so famously engineered in Istanbul. And there was Norwich boss Alex Neil, slumped on the sidelines in complete disbelief.'
'The 3-1 scoreline was scarcely credible given Newcastle's earlier dominance, but it lasted less than a minute.'
• Post-match interview with Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez
'You never know how important this could be. It is still early, but if you win and you win in this way, it is a boost for everyone.'
'If we had drawn, fine. But if you win, it is even better. These kind of results are good for the team spirit.'