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LOAN WATCH: Arsenal loanee Joe Willock reacts to thrilling Newcastle debut win over Southampton

Joe Willock Scores In His Debut For Newcastle United

Joe Willock has praised his new manager and teammates after scoring on his Newcastle debut in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Southampton on Saturday.

The Arsenal midfielder joined the Magpies on loan until the end of the season and started against the Saints at St James’ Park. He introduced himself to his new fans in the perfect way, slotting home an Allan Saint-Maximin cut back after just 16 minutes. Miguel Almiron scored twice more for Newcastle while Takumi Minamino and James Ward-Prowse scored for Saints to take the contest to 3-2, before Jeff Hendrick was sent off and Fabian Schar was stretched off for Newcastle, leaving them with just nine men. The home side got over the line, though, and Willock was loving life after a debut to remember. ‘To be honest it was a big fight and a big push from the boys,’ Willock told BT Sport. ‘We’re down to nine men and we had to stick with it. I thought first half we were brilliant and then things like that happen and you have to stick together as a team. ‘I’m delighted to be here and I’m happy to get a goal and a win on my debut.’

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce had to deal with the adversity of losing two players in the second half, but Willock said he just kept it simple in his instructions to the team and to his new loan signing. ‘He said stick together, go two banks of four and just grind it out,’ said the 21-year-old. ‘The first day I came here I saw that we were a team and we stuck together, stuck to our guns and we got the result we needed. ‘I told Maxi when he gets past the full-back, cut it back to the edge of the box and I’ll be there to finish it.

‘That’s exactly what he did and I’m delighted and can’t wait to get more. That’s my game, the boss told me to get in the box, score goals and have fun. ‘I’m taking it game by game, I want to help get the team where it should be, in the mid half of the pack.’




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