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  Wednesday, 23 October, 2002, 22:47 GMT 23:47 UK
Robson reveals pride
Andy Griffin celebrates as Newcastle go ahead
Andy Griffin celebrates as Newcastle go ahead
Newcastle United boss Sir Bobby Robson was a proud man after his side got their Champions League campaign on course by beating Juventus at St James's Park.

The three points - their first in this season's competition - came after Andy Griffin's 62nd minute shot was deflected in by Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Robson said: "If we'd lost I think it would have been cruel for our players.

"It would have taken away a lot of their confidence and their enthusiasm, so it was vital that we won.

"The players have now got something, they've got a reward for what they've given, and that was vital to us, crucial to us because now they'll be walking out there feeling good, contented.


It's a big victory with a youngish team
Newcastle boss Bobby Robson

"They've put a lot of effort in to feel that way and it was crucial for us to get a result, for their benefit, for their philosophy. It was wonderful for us and I'm proud of them.

Alessandro del Piero is frustrated in defeat
Alessandro del Piero is frustrated in defeat

"This was a a big scalp for us. We've beaten a team of quality. They won the Italian league last year, they haven't lost this season, so it will do us a power of good."

Robson added: "There wasn't any doubt that they're a tough nut to crack. They were favourites to go through - they still are - but I think they were aware it was never going to be easy for them here.

"It's a big victory with a youngish team and one or two experienced players. We've done very well. I'm delighted with them."

Dynamo Kiev's 2-0 victory over Feyenoord has left United still at the bottom of Group E despite their victory, but Robson will not give up hope of qualifying for the second phase.

Robson insisted: "If we finish with nine points - and that's what we'll have to finish with, I think - it might give us a chance."

Juve boss Marcello Lippi refused to apportion blame for his side's defeat.

He said: "Football is a very simple game. It's a game where you need to score goals in order to win. We created lots of chances and just didn't take them."

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