Portsmouth Our Best Win Of The Season

Chris Hughton, who seems to be doing a stellar job in backing up new boss Joe Kinnear, has said the Portsmouth win was our best of the season, and we don’t disagree with that assessment.


Chris Hughton – working with Joe Kinnear

Chris talked today about the win last Sunday:

“The way the league is at the moment, every game just gets bigger and bigger, because, as was seen by our result at Fratton Park on Sunday, what a difference the three points make,” “That victory was probably the best of the season for us, but after three really fine results away from home at Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Portsmouth, we know that we have got to start winning our home games again.”

“We needed that win at Portsmouth, and the league table showed just how valuable it was, but we’ve got to be more consistent at home.”

It was our best display last Sunday, and we also played very well to defeat Aston Villa at home 2-0, especially in the second half.  But in truth we’ve had some great performances, for instance  when we drew with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

And then we had the terrific performance of our 10 men against Man City at St. James’ Park, when City equalized with just 4 minutes to go in the game, after our ten men had come back magnificently to almost win the game, after being a goal down after 9 minutes and reduced to 10 men.

So Joe and Chris have had the lads put in some very good performances in getting 15 points from the 11 games Joe has been in charge of the club.

But most Newcastle fans think we should have done even better than that, and are anxiously waiting for the next few games, where we could do very well, if only we can keep up our form of  last Sunday.

Comments welcome.

144 comments so far

  • Bucks_mag

    Dec 18, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Just seen that O’Neill is interested in getting N’Zog. What a load of rubbish. He’s just come out saying how happy he is here, and he’s going to be forced to play at left back if he wanted to go. He’s got Ashley Young to beat for the left wing position, which he could do, but not when Young is as on form as he is at the moment. Not to mention N’Zog has always pined for a London club in the past, and Villa have no french players, which he needs to stay happy.

  • Bucks_mag

    Dec 18, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Also they say he wants first team football, which he’s not getting here – have they not seen the last couple of games?

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 18, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #3

    If A Vills want a LB they can have Enrique for 10mil


  • Spyro

    Dec 18, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #4


    Don’t you like Enrique then? I wouldn’t want to see him leave personally.

  • nightfall

    Dec 18, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Bucks_mag – that’s because ashley young may go to real…

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 18, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Spurs have done well under Harry and could be a tough test for us this weekend. They should be a little knackered after tonight though and (bad Karma coming up here) one or two of their players may not be 100% fit. I think we should beat them regardless however.

  • AndyNUFC

    Dec 18, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Our best win of the season? One of our only wins of the season!

    I don’t care about how many goals we beat Portsmouth by, and even the draw against Manchester United now means nothing considering our pathetic inconsistency. We only beat teams when they play poorly, and that’s a fact we should just face up to.

    Joe really needs some miracle to rescue our club next month in the window.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 18, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Spyro- I think Enrique is a good player, i like him but i dont think NUFC is for him like Smith is a good player but NUFC isn’t for him

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 18, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #9

    I say Spurs is the same conditions as A Villa, this isn’t my final prediction but i say 2-0 to the toon!

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 18, 2008 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Spurs are getting humped by Spartak Moscow who are playing a hell of a lot of young players.

    2-0 Spartak.

  • Spyro

    Dec 18, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #11


    “We only beat teams when they play poorly”

    What nonsense.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 18, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Hopefully Spurs will get an injury 😀

  • Spyro

    Dec 18, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #13

    3-0 spartak

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 18, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Bentley is utterly useless.

  • Spyro

    Dec 18, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #15

    oops, nope, still 2-0

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 18, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Modric is invisible.


    Dec 18, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Ha ha ha ha Spuds are getting Stuffed
    Stuffed Spuds for Christmas eh,ha ha ha

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Sigh, this fascination with Spurs on this blog is so tiresome.

  • najikhin

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #19

    where is AO?good to see him around at this time.. we do miss him now, right guys??
    especially when spurs 0-2 down at home now..

  • najikhin

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #20

    damn..modric pulled 1 back..

  • Terry

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #21

    2-2 now, decent comeback. Huddlestone is a good little box to box player.

  • Danish_Magpie

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Does anyone else think we should sign Appiah on a free and bring Elano in on loan with an option to buy? They have apparently been bandying him around. That’s two CMs for ‘nothing’ (I know there would be smaller fees and wages)..

    My dream (and somewhat realistic) CM would consist of Nigel de Jong, Barton, Appiah, Guthrie.

  • Danish_Magpie

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #23

    re 21:

    Calling Huddlestone little is funny, even if I know it’s not how you meant it 🙂

  • wigaz

    Dec 18, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Shame Barton isn’t fit would be class to see him nail skinny lil modric & run rings round fat boy huddlestone!

  • toony soprano

    Dec 18, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #25

    If Ashley is gonna let Joe spend 12 -15 million on some players in jan (especially midfielders)

    Micky O is seriously considering signing a new deal

    JFK has got us organised enough to be hard to beat (and just beat Pomey 0-3 away)

    Mike Ashley can stay at the club for me and he is welcome to stand beside me anyday

    He f****d up with keegan and needs to take some blame (so does KK)however, the club is not for selling at the moment and the more stable it becomes the better for all of us.

    I am not bold enough to quote europe, however i have a few reasonsfor optimism for 2009

  • k k forever

    Dec 18, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #26

    tony soprano ashleys a lyeing fat cnt

  • sweendog

    Dec 18, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #27

    toony soprano .. europe I hope so but get real that was our first away win this season .. we’re fighting relegation and we can’t win at home… we’re still in diffs ..as for MA you just can’t trust him.
    Hopefully he’ll start to make amends by investing this jan .. but its only a start as this will be the first positive thing he’ll have done, well second as he did sack Fat Sham and replace him with Keegan.

  • toony soprano

    Dec 18, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Sweendog like i said i am not bold enough to quote europe.

    The proof in ashleys sincerity will be in what players JFK is allowed to bid for and can secure in january

    If ashley genuinely wants to make ammends then a positive statement would be to start attending the matches and showing that he is committed.

  • Doocey

    Dec 18, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #29

    Enrique can be quite a good player.
    He’s pacy strong but prone to the odd mistakes.
    Personally I think he should be a more attacking full back and possibly even play on the left wing.
    bizarre as it sound it could work and the last few shots he has taken with his left haven’t been too far away!

    Great win at Pompey, I’m hoping we can beat Suds aswel on Saturday =D

  • AndyNUFC

    Dec 18, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #30

    Spyro, what about our good results, man united had mostly fringe players out and lot of the ‘big guns’ out. Portsmouth our first goal was handed to us and they didn’t have Diarra, Aston Villa were very poor and missed sitters. We’ve shown we can’t hold onto leads very often.

    It is true that the teams we beat play poorly or not to their usual standard when we get good results.

  • Xisco Stu

    Dec 18, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #31

    I see Speed could have played his last game for Sheffield United. We should get him on the coaching staff ASAP.

  • Spyro

    Dec 18, 2008 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #32


    That theory will be disproved once we beat an on form Tottenham on sunday 😀

  • AndyNUFC

    Dec 18, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Well yeah I suppose, if we do get a few more wins and control the games a bit more I’ll be more convinced. Don’t think i’m not happy with the way things are going, quite the opposite, loving the new spirit and manager, Ashley is getting back into things and thus more willing to spend. Good times ahead. (deja vu?)

  • Spyro

    Dec 18, 2008 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #34

    lol, in truth i will be happy to keep our unbeaten run going, even if it means settling for a draw on Sunday. I am confident of beating Wigan and getting a draw against Liverpool. If we achieve this we will be on 24 points, which isn’t too bad considering the hectic season we have had so far.

  • Geordie Jayne

    Dec 18, 2008 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #35

    By the way ed…..I think you should suppend all votes on this site as I have been able to vote on the same thing over and over again after clearing cookies etc.

    Not a true reflection on any votes for anything no matter what way anyone wants it to go

  • AndyNUFC

    Dec 18, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #36

    To be fair Jayne, it’s just votes, I don’t think people are sad enough to vote constantly so their favourite players gets recognised. (Hopefully!)

  • Partizan

    Dec 18, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Spyro….No chance we’ll beat Wigan cos they will be fully rested from their skipped away trip to Man Utd.
    A draw there will be maximum imo.

  • AO

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:21 AM

    Comment #38

    NUFC’s going down this weekend.

  • Partizan

    Dec 19, 2008 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #39

    RVDV is up for sale in January,probably for
    11-13 mill.

    The reason i’m mentioning him is not only that
    we need a Playmaker such as him but i also noticed that he doesn’t suit big teams…..teams like Hamburg,Lazio,Atletiko Madrid,Newcastle….those are the right teams for him.

    Somewhere where he wont have that kind of pressure like the one in Real.
    In Hamburg he was like Totti in Roma,Raul in Real,Ronaldo in Man Utd…..and he got used to that kind of treatment,in Real he’s not even noticed on the pitch.

    I say we go for him….sell:Smith,Duff,Ameobi +4 mill from Mike and lets give it a try.
    Sign him on a 4 year contract and sell him after 2 and a half years for the same money.

  • 51times

    Dec 19, 2008 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #40

    I think VDV definitely likes to be a big player for the club he’s at, I guess if Ashley sanctioned it, why not give it a shot? It’s unlikely but we have nothing to lose.

    I just saw the news that AC Milan andRangers will play a friendly on the 4th of february. That’s kind of weird.


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