Allan Saint-Maximin has hailed the Newcastle United supporters who made their way to the capital on Saturday to watch Steve Bruce’s side win 3-2 against West Ham.
Ciaran Clark, Federico Fernandez and Jonjo Shelvey all got on the scoresheet for Newcastle but Saint-Maximin was one of the stars of the show for the Magpies as he created numerous chances thanks to his incredible pace on the ball.
The Athletic journalist Chris Waugh reported on Twitter after the match that Saint-Maximin had handed his shirt to one of the away supporters at the London Stadium and the Frenchman has since responded to the reporter’s tweet.
“Thank you but cheers for them Chris, spending money and hours on the road to support us, I realize what it means,” he said via his personal Twitter account on Sunday.
All the #nufc players head over to applaud the fans. Huge cheers for Saint-Maximin, though, who takes off his shirt, jumps over the hoardings & hands it to a lucky supporter. He then puts on his coat & heads off the pitch with his team-mates
— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) November 2, 2019
Thank you but cheers for them Chris, spending money and hours on the road to support us, I realize what it means
— Allan Saint-Maximin (@asaintmaximin) November 3, 2019
Newcastle supporters have been through a lot in recent history and 2019 has been a very testing one for them. They have seen Rafa Benitez leave St James’ Park, they have seen reported takeover talk come to nothing and they have seen popular players like Salomon Rondon leave. Bruce’s appointment was not exactly well-received by the Toon Army and it would be fair to say that the majority of the fanbase is still firmly against the ex-Sunderland manager. However credit has to be given when it is due and Bruce has done a half-decent job so far. Newcastle might not be the most entertaining team in the league but they have won away against Tottenham and West Ham while also beating Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Magpies are currently 15th in the standings and have already played a good number of tough fixtures. Newcastle’s fixture list for the coming weeks does not look too bad except for the clash with Manchester City at the end of this month. Things could be about to get a lot better on Tyneside.