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Winner was put on a plate for me: Hayden

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Perfect timing: Isaac Hayden

Perfect timing: Isaac Hayden

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Perfect timing: Isaac Hayden

Match-winner Isaac Hayden has admitted he could not have chosen a better time to score his first goal of the season after striking at the death to see off Chelsea.

The versatile 24-year-old, who started Saturday evening's game in central midfield and ended it at right wing-back, found himself in the right place at the right time to head Allan Saint-Maximin's cross past Kepa Arrizabalaga in the fourth minute of stoppage time to clinch a vital 1-0 win.

For Hayden, whose last strike came at Wolves in February last year, it was well worth the wait, even if the ball did end up in the back of the net in slightly unorthodox fashion.

He said: "Allan, it was a fantastic ball from him - it was almost on a plate, really, it was harder to miss.

"There were a few people in front of me who could have scored as well, but it just drifted over them and the side of my face, shoulder, chest, I don't know what it hit, but it went in, which is the most important thing.

"I couldn't have picked a better time. I'm just happy with the three points."

Blues boss Frank Lampard left Tyneside bemoaning his side's lack of cutting edge, but more than happy with much of what he had seen ahead of tomorrow night's derby clash with Arsenal.

"They can't give any more - there's no point in me putting on a video of that and showing them getting in and around the box and not being able to get that little finish because everyone wants to do the same thing," he said.

Belfast Telegraph