Chis Hughton has admitted that the 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday was far from pretty, and he’s right.
Steve Harper – two great saves from Newcastle ‘keeper
But a win is a win, and the more 1-0 wins we can get shows the lads have both the spirit and that winning mentality.
Chris Hughton also admitted he was delighted to see his side grind out the win, which takes the side to joint top of the Championship table on 7 points.
Local lad Shola Ameobi was again the match-winner, with the Geordie striker putting a beautiful drive past his former England Under-21 team-mate Lee Grant, after getting on the end of an Andy Carroll headed flick-on in the 15th minute.
The lads had to withstand some pressure from the Owls in the second half but they held on well with goalkeeper Harper making a couple of great saves.
Hughton said after the game:
“I don’t think it was the prettiest win, but nonetheless it was very pleasing.” “I think we needed that second goal for the game to open up but their keeper has made some terrific saves.”
“We got the early goal like we’d hoped and it was a great goal, real route one stuff and another fantastic finish from Shola.”
“After that both sides have had a couple of good chances and we’ve got Steve Harper to thank for two great saves in the second-half.”
“But we’ve got the win and that’s the most important thing.” “We’re back up to third and confidence is high and two successive wins.”
Chris is right – we got the win and that’s the most important thing, and good teams churn out wins, even when they don’t play at their best.
That’s what the lads have to do this season, and we have to say we’re extremely pleased with the spirit in the team. It cannot have been easy for the players and the coaches, with all the nonsense going on this summer, but so far they’ve produced the goods this season.
Yes, the lads have made a great start to the season and they are getting the Geordie fans back to St James’ Park with a fantastic 43,904 there last night.
Now it’s time for owner Mike Ashley to make some decisions, and at least give the lads a fighting chance of taking this proud club back to the Premier league at the first attempt.
After all that’s where we belong, and not many would dispute that.
Howay The Lads!!