Paul Dummett hailed his defensive team-mates after Newcastle United recorded another clean sheet to retain top spot in the Championship.
Rafa Benitez’s side beat Wolves 1-0, with an Aleksandar Mitrovic strike, on Saturday to regain top spot, after Brighton’s 4-1 defeat of Burton Albion had put them, temporarily, in pole position.
Dummett has won praise for his performances at left-back in recent weeks, but he modestly said: “I get help from the other players. All of us, together, did well.
“It’s not just me playing against (Helder) Costa, Ciaran (Clark) is covering, the left winger is covering back, so it’s a team performance and as a team we defended well to snuff out Wolves.
“Everyone battled really hard, including the substitutes.
“The team spirit, fight and determination we showed was excellent.
“They had a quick striker who was strong. They were running in behind, and caused us problems as a team. We had to work hard, and in the end the determination of the squad got us a result.”
The result was the club’s 11th away win of the season.
“Our away form has been brilliant so far this season, and it’s something we have to continue doing for the rest of the campaign too,” said Dummett.
“We want more and to go on and win the league.
“We know we need to play the way we did and battle the way we did, because results like this when you’ve battled away win you the league.”
Wolves paid for their missed chances when Newcastle struck on 44 minutes.
Jonjo Shelvey floated a free-kick into the area and Mohamed Diame’s shot was turned on by Jamal Lascelles to Mitrovic, who stabbed the ball home from six yards.
The Serbian was perhaps fortunate not to be sent off following his 27th minute challenge on goalkeeper Carl Ikeme – 13 minutes after he had already been booked.
Mitrovic was withdrawn at the break.
“He’ll be disappointed to come off at half time, but the manager probably didn’t want to take a risk with the way the ref had given him a booking for something that wasn’t really much a foul,” added Dummett. “I’m very happy for him. He got us the win.”
Wolves boss Paul Lambert said: “We conceded a poor goal. When you see the stats it shows that we were the dominant team and I’m not sure whether the goal should have stood.”
Wolves: Ikeme, Coady, Batth, Stearman, Doherty, Edwards, Price (Evans 46), Weimann (Marshall 75), Enobakhare (Bodvarsson 61), Helder Costa, Dicko. Subs not used: Saville, Hause, Burgoyne, Ronan. Booked: Doherty.
Newcastle: Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (Murphy 82), Colback, Shelvey, Gouffran, Diame (Perez 88), Mitrovic (Atsu 46). Subs not used: Hanley, Hayden, Elliot, Gamez. Booked: Mitrovic, Ritchie, Colback, Perez, Darlow. Goal: Mitrovic 44. Att: 24,876. Ref: Craig Pawson