Chis Hughton has said it was the experience and quality of the Newcastle substitutes that allowed Newcastle to come back from 3-1 down in the second half to win an exciting game by 4-3.
Chris Hughton – subs turned the game for Magpies
Newcastle were trailing Huddersfield 2-1 at half-time and 3-1 by the 47th minute but then Hughton brought in the big guns in Shola Ameobi and Jonas Gutierrez.
Ameobi replaced captain Nicky Butt at the interval, to add more firepower, and Jonas came on for LuaLua after 65 minutes, and immediately after Ameobi’s equalising penalty.
Chris said after the game:
“Testament to Huddersfield – they pushed us all the way,” “And we didn’t expect anything else. We always knew it was going to be a tough tie.”
“But we felt that to go on and win the game we had to bring on some experience and quality.”
“Certainly, for the neutrals, they would have thoroughly enjoyed that; and the Newcastle supporters more because we came out on top at the end.”
“It was a typical cup-tie but I was pleased that we came out winners – and I thought over the 90 minutes we were worthy winners.”
And some good news and bad news after the game on potential loans to and from the Newcastle club.
According to this evening’s BBC Sport Commentary, they are reporting Newcastle are close to a loan deal for Spurs’ Gareth Bale.
But also news that Gary Megson wants Kevin Nolan back at Bolton Wanderers, for a season long loan deal, and Ashley is said favor the deal, to reduce the wage bill.
Nolan is just coming into his own at the Tyneside club, and is the epitome of fight and spirit in the Newcastle side this season.
Kevin got his second goal in as many games tonight, and it would be a very bad move for Newcastle.
But hey, Mike Ashley has made enough of those kinds of decisions in the last 12 months, and unfortunately, it seems he is not yet finished.
Newcastle fans are praying Ashley will leave Tyneside soon – to end his horrendous and failed stewardship of the now Championship club.