It was a great day for new Newcastle coach Chris Hughton yesterday, as Newcastle easily defeated his former team by four goals to one.
Chris Hughton – new coach delighted at the performance
49 year-old Chis had his family at the game yesterday, and the performance and win must have made him feel very proud of his new club.
“Right from early doors, I had a good feeling.â€ “You can have that good feeling, and the opposition can score goals out of nothing, but I thought we were worthy winners, and the style of our play was also important.â€
“They don’t lose many games here, and they generally play very well here.â€ “They won’t lose many games here full stop, but they were beaten by a team that was better than them on the day.â€
“Probably the most pleasing thing was the performance. I don’t think anybody could look at that performance and say the scoreline flattered us.â€
“We also missed three very, very good chances. Although Spurs put us under pressure at times, they didn’t have the quality of chances that we did.”
Hughton felt that Spurs’ manager Jaunde Ramosâ€™ formation left Tottenham a little short in midfield, where Michael Owen had dropped back to give Newcastle a man advantage.
“They’re guaranteed Europe next season, and although they want to finish as high up the league as they can, probably a priority for (Ramos) is to assess what he’s got here, and I suppose there will be some experimentation.â€
“If I look at the way they played, tactically, it’s not normal for them to play that way.â€ “Generally, when you’ve got Berbatov, Bent and Keane on the pitch at the same time, it’s when they’ve made a change. They don’t normally start that way.â€
“There’s no doubt that with the formation they had out, if they get it right, they can have a very good day, but I think we just got amongst them.â€ “We came here with a lot of confidence, and played the same way from start to finish.”
This win certainly augers well for the future at Newcastle. These last three games have been a joy to watch, and show just how well our players are starting to play. Kevin has kept saying the squad is full of quality, but until the last three games that hasn’t been too easy to see.
But the lads are playing with a confidence now, that they’ll go into any game thinking they can win. Roll on Reading at the weekend, because that’s the next game we need to win.
We need to secure all three points against our fellow relegation strugglers, just whichever way we can, because that will surely make us safe for the season.
And maybe we can just end this season on a really positive note. That’s the very least the faithful Newcastle fans deserve.