Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gunners Legend Was So Wright When He Admitted Toon Were Too Good for Them! Bez Reveals How He Changed His Opinion of Motormouth: Striker as He Paid Tribute to Kevin Keegan's High Fliers: BACK IN THE BIG TIME: In the Final Part of Our Series Reflecting on United's First Term in the Premiership, LEE RYDER Speaks to John Beresford about the Win over High-Flying Arsenal on the Last Day of the Season

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gunners Legend Was So Wright When He Admitted Toon Were Too Good for Them! Bez Reveals How He Changed His Opinion of Motormouth: Striker as He Paid Tribute to Kevin Keegan's High Fliers: BACK IN THE BIG TIME: In the Final Part of Our Series Reflecting on United's First Term in the Premiership, LEE RYDER Speaks to John Beresford about the Win over High-Flying Arsenal on the Last Day of the Season

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JOHN BERESFORD never thought he would see eye to eye with Arsenal legend Ian Wright - until to the day the England striker told him: "Your team are too good for us."

That statement, from the star striker of a team that had just been crowned European Cup Winners' Cup kings, struck a chord with Bez.

It came just moments after the curtain came down on a jubilant 93/94 campaign at St James' Park and the Gunners had been sent packing thanks to a spot-kick from Peter Beardsley and an overhead kick from Andy Cole.

Newcastle had formed a guard of honour before the kick-off as Arsenal even brought their sparkling piece of silverware with them to Tyneside after beating Serie A big guns Parma in Copenhagen.

However, Bez recalls a moment of satisfaction after a 2-0 win for Kevin Keegan's side that was quickly followed by some grudging respect for Wright.

Beresford told the Chronicle in a candid interview: "I hated Ian Wright - in fact I detested him. He was always chirping and winding people up, and I'd had that for a lot of the game.

"Then I was brought down for a penalty which Peter Beardsley scored in the second half and, of course, we went on to win it.

"After the game I made a bee-line for Wrighty and wanted to tell him what the score was and who had finished third.

"I'd certainly got to know him over the two games but he simply said '**** me, you really did batter us there, you're a really good team'."

All of it was a far cry from the start of the season when many had tipped Newcastle to go down.

Bez recalls: "It was great to get to the end of the season and be in third spot and Europe!

"After a few games people had written us off and we were in the bottom three.

"But we had ended the season beating one of the big teams like Arsenal who were full of internationals.

"And by then, people started to take us seriously."

Hardly surprising after Newcastle drew with Manchester United twice, beat Arsenal at home, and beat Liverpool home and away. …

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