Ashley has come under massive criticism from fans and the local press in recent weeks.
â€śWith everything thatâ€™s been going on this week, the local media, the criticism of Mike Ashley, a derby defeat, itâ€™s tough,â€ť he said.
â€śBut you have to remember Mike is a fan of this football club and Iâ€™m pleased for him and Iâ€™m pleased for every fan.
â€śWe have great spirit and that shone through. The Premier League is all about momentum. We lost it at Sunderland and now weâ€™ve got some again.
â€śWeâ€™ve beaten Chelsea but letâ€™s not get carried away and say weâ€™re going to be in Europe and weâ€™ll be great, just as it would not have been a disaster had we lost three on the trot.
â€śItâ€™s important that we, and this city in particular, keep our feet on the ground at all times.
â€śThis region has lost five of its six managers this season and I just think that sometimes it goes mad up here and we have got to keep it together. Sometimes we donâ€™t always help ourselves.â€ť
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