Premier League: Loic Remy hails Newcastle's important win over Aston Villa
Loic Remy was "relieved" after his stoppage-time strike ended Newcastle's three-match winless run in the Premier League.
Last Updated: 23/02/14 4:54pm
The on-loan QPR forward, who was making his return from a three-game suspension, hit the post a few minutes from time before finally finding the net deep into injury time.
The win halted a three-match losing run for the Magpies and Remy insisted it can boost the confidence of the side, who lost the influential Yohan Cabaye to Paris St Germain in the latest transfer window.
"We are very relieved tonight because I think the last few games have been difficult for us," he told Sky Sports 1.
"We've lost some important players like Cabaye and we've got so many injured as well so for us it was important to win today because all the confidence is good to win.
"Even at home, the fans are expecting a lot from us so now we are very happy and I think the team has found a good spirit which is good for the end of the season."
Remy said his suspension had helped inspire his match-winning performance.
"I was very hungry because I missed three games and had to leave my team-mates," he said.
"For me I was very concentrated to the maximum and I wanted to score as a striker. That's why I'm very happy. I missed some good opportunities and before the next game I will look at this."
In a match of few clear-cut chances, Newcastle fans could have been forgiven for thinking it was all over after Remy hit the post when it looked easier to score.
"I never feel my chance has gone. I always want to score or give assists and for me until the game is finished I trust I can score. That's what happened this afternoon," said Remy, who dedicated the win to assistant manager John Carver, whose father passed away this week.