The club’s acting manager Chris Hughton was really hoping for Newcastle’s first win of the year yesterday, but he had to make do with Newcastle’s first clean sheet in the league for two months, once Kevin Nolan got his marching orders after 44 minutes.
Chris Hughton – hoping for all 3 points yesterday
But Chris was still upbeat this morning when he told the Shields Gazette:
“It was good for our confidence,” “There are numerous ways to get something out of a performance. One is by having a wonderful footballing performance, when you score goals and lift anybody.”
“You can also do that with a real battling performance, and that was a real, battling team effort. They can all take something from it.”
“If you looked at the way Everton played, it was difficult for us.” “When you’re playing against a team with 10 men, you’ve got to get a lot of crosses in, which they did do.”
“We dealt with that very well. They hit a lot of diagonal balls, which I felt we dealt with very well.” “They’ve also got to try and get behind us, and in all of those aspects defensively.”
“I thought we did very well.”
We could have even got all 3 points yesterday with all 11 men on the field in the second half, but we’ll never know how we would have done now – we can just speculate – which is a bit of a waste of time.
We were less than impressive in the first 45 minutes and Everton, even with a depleted team, were the better side.
But as soon as Nolan was sent off the possibility of 3 points seemed to completely go out of the window, and it took us all we had to bravely hang on for the draw and the solitary point.
“We were in confident mood going into the game.” “Although it was against very good opposition, given the fact that we were at home, we were very confident of getting a win.”
“But once you go down to 10 men against this type of opposition, it then changes.”
“At that stage, if you’d said to any of us would we have accepted a draw, then we would have done.”
That is so true, that most Newcastle fans would have been very happy with a draw at half time.
And we at least got something out of this game, and it was one more point than WBA and Blackburn got over the weekend, and they are both below us in the league.
In fact only Bolton and Fulham gained on us over the weekend by getting wins, of those teams near us in the relegation zone.
And we can take care of Bolton next Sunday. 😀