FORMER Newcastle star Lee Clark said his Huddersfield Town side “took Newcastle to the wire” before bowing out of the Carling Cup at St. James’ Park.
Lee Clark – when Reserve team coach at Newcastle
In what was a really entertaining game last night with plenty of goals, Lee Clark was pleased with the performance of his team, and so he should be.
Lee said after the game:
“It’s disappointing to lose. But we played in the right manner, created numerous opportunities, and took Newcastle to the wire all evening.”
“It’s been a very, very good cup-tie played with high intensity and quality play from both sides at times. Both sides made a massive contribution.”
“Even at 3-1, I knew there was a massive threat from Newcastle. I just wish our lads could have held on a bit longer and cause some frustration around the stadium.”
“You haven’t got to get excited and look for a fourth and fifth goal. You have to make sure the crowd gets a bit agitated, but Newcastle got their second goal and had their tails up.”
“I knew there was going to be turns in the game and the fact that Chris (Hughton) made the decision to bring the likes of Shola and Gutierrez on shows they were concerned. Shola is playing with a lot of confidence and is proving to be a handful.”
Good words from Lee, and of course what he says is exactly right, and his players will have learned a lot after their terrific display.
As for Newcastle, the teenagers that were blooded – Kadar, LuaLua, Ranger and right at the end the exciting Slovenian Haris Vuckic, who just turned 17 last Friday, will all have learned from the game and the experience.
Last night we saw football as it should be played.
Now we need to get a win next Monday night at home to Leicester City, and it will be interesting to see who doesn’t play in that game, because they may be on their way out of Newcastle, as the transfer window closes at 5:00 pm the next day.
In fact the next 5 days will be exciting, but may not be good news for Newcastle fans, but we have to hope our squad is strengthened by next Wednesday morning.