Newcastle boss Eddie Howe was delighted seeing his players stick up for eachother at the end of victory over Chelsea.
A frustrated Kai Havertz clashed with Dan Burn at full-time after taking issue with the Newcastle defender and Fabian Schar celebrating in his face. Schar, Joelinton and Jacob Murphy shoved the Chelsea substitute before players from both sides pushed each other and exchanged some strong words.
“I was really pleased actually with how we managed the latter stages of the game,” he told reporters. “I know it wasn’t pure football. It was two teams desperately trying to have opposite aims: we wanted to try and kill the game and see the match out; they wanted the ball back in play.
“But I thought we did stand up for each other in a really respectful and strong way. That’s what we need to do on the pitch. I’ve got no issue with that.
“I thought our players handled themselves really well. That’s Premier League football. It’s everything to these players and that showed.”