An opportunist goal from Kevin Nolan after just 99 seconds, and then a terrific left foot drive from Ryan Taylor on 21 minutes into the goalkeeper’s top right hand corner, wrapped up all 3 points for Newcastle in London this afternoon.
Kevin Nolan after scoring – are they Palace supporters in background 😀
That’s 10 points from a possible 12, and 3 clean sheets in a row, for a good start to the Championship season.
And the lads were even wearing that ghastly yellow strip, which is probably what stunned the Crystal Palace players, at least for the first goal.
And after the win, which took Newcastle up to 2nd place behind Middlesbrough in the table, boss Hughton said:
“It was very pleasing to get the three points, and especially the clean sheet, away from home.”
“We said to the players before the game that we expected a tough match, and that’s what we got.”
“But to get a goal after just two minutes was a dream start – it gave the players and the fans a massive lift.”
“It was then a very good time to get the second goal and again, like Kevin’s, it was a very good finish.”
“We had to defend a little bit more after the break but I felt were always in control.” “I thought the effort and desire was tremendous.”
“We’re going very well at the moment but we have to keep that going because all of the hard work is in front of us – but it’s been a great start.”
It’s hard to fault the players’ fight and desire this season, and we have to compliment Chris and Colin on a great start for the club.
We look forward to some good news on Monday when the club will announce an update on the sale to Barry Moat, or lack thereof.