JONJO SHELVEY hailed Eddie Howe’s style as ‘a lot more exciting and enjoyable’ than playing under Steve Bruce.
Rock-bottom Newcastle, in search of their first win, went on the offensive during boss Howe’s first game against Brentford — but eventually drew 3-3.
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And the Toon midfielder, 29, said: “He’s told us to get after the ball and press high up the pitch.
“Obviously you don’t want to concede three at home and draw.”But it’s a lot more exciting and enjoyable than just sitting back and defending.
“For fitness and sharpness, he’s given us an extra five per cent and a rocket up our backsides.
“It’s only a matter of time before we get that first win.”
He issued midfielder Shelvey a vote of confidence recently.
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Howe said: “When you actually work with him, you realise he’s an incredible technician, and he can play passes all over the pitch, long and short.
“He’s someone that I’ve looked at, in terms of our philosophy and how we want to play, and he’ll be very important for us as the season develops.”
In response, Shelvey said: “I’ve never worked with him, so for him to say that after one week’s training.
“It made me really want to repay him on the Saturday, and continue repaying him for as long as he’s here. We’ve got off to a great relationship.”