'We owe Aston Villa's Jack Grealish a pint': Mick Quinn delivers verdict on Newcastle title triumph
By Matt Farr
Newcastle favourite Mick Quinn has joked the club owe Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish a pint for his role in their Championship title triumph.
The Magpies snatched the league title from the clutches of rivals Brighton on the final day of the season, with Chris Hughton’s side succumbing to a late 1-1 draw with Villa on Sunday.
Brighton looked set to seal the Championship title, having led 1-0 with minutes to spare, only for Grealish to spoil the party in the dying moments with his precious equaliser.
Newcastle, meanwhile, had comfortably beaten Barnsley 3-0 to keep their own title hopes alive.
But whilst hailing the impact of Grealish’s goal, Quinn aired his delight at being proved right in his repeated claims that Newcastle were the best side in the division with their title triumph.
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In his column for the Chronicle on Tuesday, he wrote: “I’ve said it all campaign long that I thought Newcastle United had the best squad, the best manager and the best team – and they proved it in the end.
“A return of 94 points is really excellent, and I suppose we owe Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish a pint for scoring that 89th-minute equaliser [against Brighton].
“The players and the coaching staff deserve to celebrate the achievement of this season, because it’s been magnificent. Rafa built a squad to win the division, and that’s precisely what they did.”
Newcastle had been dealt a blow to their title ambitions with a surprise 3-1 defeat to Ipswich on April 17, which left them seven points behind Brighton.
However, wins in each of their final three games of the season, coupled with Brighton picking up just one point from an available nine, saw them rewarded for their never-ending resilience.
Both sides will now be battling it out in the Premier League next season, and they will joined by one of Huddersfield, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham, who are set to do battle in the play-offs.
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