Kevin Stewart has dedicated Sunday’s 2-1 win against Bournemouth to the travelling fans who made the trip to the south coast despite it coming just three days after Europa League win over Dortmund.
“It’s so far and them coming down is really special,” the midfielder said (via official site).
“We made sure we went over and clapped them afterwards; I think it’s the least we could do for them coming all the way. I’m really happy that we gave them a win after such a long journey.”
He also claimed it was the toughest game so far of his fledgeling senior career:
“It was a really tough game and I probably found that harder than the last one, it was really physical and there was a lot of running. But I think it was a well-deserved win,” he said.
“The boys fought really hard. It was a shame we didn’t keep a clean sheet; it was a good finish and a good goal. I’m really proud of all the boys that we got the win.”
He concluded with some words of encouragement for his fellow academy graduates:
“We have worked a lot together, growing up and going through the same kind of battle – trying to get games in the Premier League.
“Doing it together, playing in the U21s with them and then playing here with them is really special, especially [because] we won.
“The older players are a big help to all of us. They talk to us so much; they have been there before so they know what we need and it’s just a really big help. They did really well. At the back, Kolo does a lot of talking before, during and after.”