ADAM Johnson’s second goal in as many seasons at St James’s Park proved to be a fatal blow for Newcastle United on Saturday.
The Easington-born man netted to double the lead just four minutes after Fabio Borini’s opener.
But the 26-year-old was left ruing the one that got away after his stunning burst beyond three players and subsequent left-footed shot crashed off the outside of the post in the second half.
“I said to the manager and the lads afterwards that I was gutted when it hit the post!” he added.
“It would have been a great move and a good goal, but I’m happy with the one. I think the three points were probably the most important thing, but it just adds a bit extra when it comes on your rivals’ ground.
“I think even coming in on the bus, the lads were quietly confident.
“With them losing a couple of players, I think we were more confident than they were and I think that showed.
“We pushed forward most of the game and could have scored a few more. Especially on the counter-attack, the passing and movement of our front four and five are really causing teams problems.
“It’s starting to show every week now.”