Belfast Telegraph

Together we can live our dreams, Merino tells Toon

By Staff Reporter

Match-winner Mikel Merino has told Newcastle they can achieve their dreams if they continue to fight for each other.

The 21-year-old Spaniard headed the Magpies into the top six on Saturday evening in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on a day when hard graft and tenacity made up for their shortcomings elsewhere.

He said: "It wasn't the perfect game to watch for the fans, but we know they appreciate our effort and the way that we run, we fight together and at the end, we had our three points.

"We know we haven't done anything yet, but we have to keep working like that and I am sure really good things will come."

Palace, who arrived on Tyneside having belatedly launched their season with a 2-1 home win over Chelsea, enjoyed the better of the game with former Magpie Andros Townsend and last weekend's hero Wilfried Zaha repeatedly stretching the home defence.

However, Rafael Benitez's misfiring side held firm and when substitute Merino got his head to Matt Ritchie's 85th-minute corner to score his first goal for the club, the home fans had something to celebrate.

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