Ferguson hails gritty United

05 March 2009 08:02
Sir Alex Ferguson was pleased with his side's gritty display as Manchester United came from behind to beat Newcastle United 2-1 at St James' Park on Wednesday. A rare Edwin van der Sar error gifted an early goal to Peter Lovenkrands but Ferguson's side hit back to claim another three points thanks to goals by Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov. Ferguson admitted it had not been a straightforward win though, saying: "We had a hard time in the first 20 minutes and they could have been two up before we'd really even got started. "They were very aggressive with their tackling and they put a lot of hard work into their game. "Edwin was very disappointed with their goal. The ball came up off the ground a little awkwardly, but he knows it was a mistake. "But if you're going to make a mistake it's best to do it in games you win and Edwin was certainly pleased we ended up winning the match. "Overall, it was a big victory for us considering we got off to such a bad start and had to come from behind. It's not easy to do that here especially against a team as determined as Newcastle were. "You could say there was pressure on us because Liverpool and Chelsea both won on Tuesday night. But we've faced this challenge for years. "It's down to trusting your players and having the ability to win matches and we had to do that against Newcastle. Being 1-0 down away from home isn't easy, but we came back to win thanks to a very gritty performance."

Source: ESA

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