Chris Hughton has paid tribute to the fighting spirit of the Newcastle players today, which was epitomized by captain Alan Smith, who had one of his best games in a black and white shirt.
Alan Smith – gave captain’s display tonight
The lads went down 1-0 at the half, but came storming back to equalize and with just a little bit of luck could have taken all 3 points.
But they had to thank 21 year-old substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul, who came on in the second half for the concussed Steve Harper, and made four excellent saves to earn the point for the Magpies.
This lad is going to become some goalkeeper on Tyneside.
And after the game a relieved and seemingly happy stand-in boss Hughton told Newcastle United TV:
“I think on the balance of chances it was a fair result.” “It was certainly an entertaining, end-to-end game.”
“I was delighted with the players’ response after going in 1-0 down at half-time.”
“They came out for the second-half and got the equaliser they deserved and after that we had West Brom on the back foot.”
“We had a couple of good chances to take the lead and on another day I think we would have left here with three points.”
“But let’s not forget that Tim Krul has made some outstanding saves at the other end.”
With the nonsense that has been going on at the Newcastle club over the summer, most Newcastle fans will be pleased with both the display and the result today, especially after the team was 1-0 down away from home.
But that’s only if we can start our winning ways at home next Saturday to Reading.
After this performance there could indeed be a decent crowd to watch the lads next Saturday at St. James’ Park, especially if we can get a new owner and new manager in before then – and even one or two new players.
We continue to live in hope.