Goalscorer Fraizer Campbell was delighted he managed to take his opportunity to shine against Newcastle United tonight as he grabbed an equaliser with 20 minutes to go to clinch a point from the Magpies.
Having seen first-team opportunities limited of late, the striker made the most of his unexpected early chance after Yaya Sanogo's injury to make an impact from the bench, and he was delighted to help his side gain another positive result in 2015.
Post-match, Campbell said: “It's always nice to be on the pitch, the team have been doing so well of late it's been hard to get minutes on the pitch. It was great to play but disappointed we didn't take all three points.
“I think it helps if you can help the team in a number of position, I would prefer playing up front but I don't mind doing a job for the team.
“We've now got another game in quick succession so it's important that we recover and rest up and get ready for that game. I've not played for a while so I'll have a few days of running around and get some acid out of my legs.”
Another player who made an impact off the bench was Yannick Bolasie who continued his fine form for club and country this season by providing the assist for Campbell's goal, and he couldn't believe the impact he made despite not training with his teammates since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations.
“I think it's a dream come true for myself, I couldn't have imagined anything better to be honest,” Bolasie said. “It was a big achievement for myself and my country to finish third over over there, we didn't expect that.
“I don't think a draw was a fair result, I think we could have won it. I think Newcastle hit us when we weren't expecting it but we've come back into the game and we had it covered and had a couple of chances to win it.
“It looked like Brede Hangeland's header was going in but Tim Krul is a top goalkeeper so I'm not surprised he's saved it.”
Campbell also praised the winger, saying: “Yannick is that type of player, he gets the fans excited and they expect a lot of him but today he's produced for them.
“I noticed before the game that we had quite a lot of firepower on the bench so we've got some great players and the pitch as well as even better ones on the bench too.”