Howe 'excited by what we can be' as Newcastle defeat Chelsea

Eddie Howe admits there’s excitement around Newcastle United after victory over Chelsea.

Newcastle boss Howe said he would be “foolish not to be excited” by the second half of the season after a statement win over Chelsea which keeps his side third in the Premier League.

Having slipped to fourth following Tottenham’s win over Leeds earlier in the day, Joe Willock’s delightful goal moved the Magpies back to third meaning they will be in a Champions League place at Christmas for the first time since 2001.

A fifth successive Premier League win, against an admittedly out-of-form Chelsea, was achieved with England striker Callum Wilson starting on the bench after illness, and with a solidity and fluency that their opponents could not match.

Asked if he was excited by what was in store when the Premier League resumes on Boxing Day, Howe said: “When you’re in our current position you’d be foolish not to be. I’m excited by what can be, while respecting the quality of the league.

“We haven’t thought about any permutation or any consequence of the games. We’ve just tried to win them and I think that’s the best way for us to attack the second half of the season as well.”