Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Beram Kayal highlighted character and organisation as being pivotal factors in today’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
The Israeli netted his first Premier League goal against the Magpies with a decisive strike in the first half, and he praised Albion’s disciplined display in the north east.
He said, “It’s a massive win and one which we fully deserved.
“There are different ways to win matches and we’ve won this one by the whole team giving everything and putting their bodies on the line.
“That’s back to back clean sheets for us now and our first away win of the season so it’s an amazing feeling – we knew it would be a tough place to come.”
The victory takes the Seagulls onto 11 points for the season, as the home side’s search for a top-flight win this season continues, and Kayal reflected on the way the contest panned out.
“We knew they’d press us high because of their situation and need for points, but we managed the game well and deserved the win.
“The match went out how we anticipated – they wanted to bring players to the middle and then switch the ball to their men out on the flanks, but we kept our shape and countered when we could.
“We created some chances brilliantly today. The majority of their chances were from distance, but we put ourselves in the way bravely when we needed to and it’s superb to see that.”
The midfielder’s goal just before the half hour mark proved pivotal on Tyneside, but he was keen to stress the importance of the victory for the team, putting it above personal accolades.
“My job was to be by the goalkeeper, we worked on that and then the ball came to Jose [Izquierdo]. He struck it brilliantly, but I got a touch on it and it found its way in. We had a little joke between us, but the most important thing was this vital win this afternoon.
“I played alongside Dale [Stephens] who was returning from injury and he had a good game – he put himself on the line for the team like everyone else.
“I’m just enjoying my football at the moment and I’ve been busy playing both here in England and for Israel in recent weeks. It’s been hectic, but it’s been brilliant for me.”