It was certainly a pulsating cup tie last night with Newcastle finally coming out worthy 4-3 winners.
Lee Clark – already wearing the black and white tie 😀
But Lee Clark’s Huddersfield gave the young Newcastle side everything they could handle for much of the game, and were 3-1 up just after half time.
But this is a good result for Newcastle fans even though we now have just 5 days to go before the end of the transfer window, and we still have no new owner, manager and have lost a net of 9 players in the summer.
After the game Chris Hughton, who has 4 wins out of 5 said:
“It does emphasise the fact that the squad we have here is a good squad, but if we are to have any injuries, it becomes a squad that’s very stretched.”
And Hughton was quick to play down any suggestion that Taylor and/or Coloccini were left out of the squad because they are being transferred.
But it was cup tie stuff on Tyneside last night all right , with the first two Huddersfild goals right through the middle of the defense, and asked questions of Newcastle’s central defenders.
“I suppose it could go down as a typical cup tie, but I was pleased we came out winners in the end – and I thought over the 90 minutes, we were worthy winners.”
And former Newcastle midfielder Clark, who so nearly got a win for his team at his beloved St. James’ Park, was rightly disappointed with the result, but proud of the excellent performance of his team:
“It’s disappointing to lose a football match, but I have just said to the players, they have done us proud tonight.”
“We took Newcastle to the wire, we were a threat all evening and contributed to what was a very, very good cup tie played with high intensity at high pace, and quality play from both sides at times.”
No doubt Lee wants to see the day when he has done enough in the management realm to earn the manager job at Newcastle, and no doubt he’s made a decent start so far, and we’ll be looking at the Huddersfield results this season.
It’s something Alan Shearer will need to think about, if he doesn’t get the Newcastle job soon – and he may have to manage at another club first – and learn his trade in management.