Chris Hughton, wheo has now driven Newcastle to 5 wins in 6, and 4 consecutive clean sheets in the league, says desire and togetherness have played a major part in lifting Newcastle United to the top of the Championship.
Chris Hughton – has brought the lads together
That’s the verdict of Chris Hughton, who said after the 1-0 defeat of Leicester City at St. James’ Park last night:
“I did believe that the lads could show real desire to want to do well.” “I never felt there would be lack of effort or lack of conviction.”
“We didn’t know the division, I never felt we would show anything less than we have shown, but whether that was going to bring up points, we didn’t know.”
“There’s certainly a togetherness in this group of lads. All they could do was get on with the job in hand.” “If they don’t have a big desire to want to get this club back into the Premier League then it’s going to be doubly difficult.””
But they’ve got on with and trained very well.”
Hughton’s Newcastle play good football and he is pleased with a way they have so far this season (so are we), and has rightly added that the players had fully earned the praise they were getting.
Guthrie and Nolan after Danny’s fantastic goal
Chris was asked if he thought Leicester would have been as good as they were:.
“I think that’s exactly what we expected, for they are a good side.”
“We were probably a little bit surprised to see Steve Howard in their starting line-up, and that added to the power they had in forward areas.”
Leicester coach Nigel Pearson talked after the game:
“I don’t think there was a lot in the game.” “The goal we conceded wasn’t a good one from our perspective. Both sides turned the ball over too easily.”
” It was a game that was relatively open and either side could have won it – but you’ve got to take chances.”
“It wasn’t a brilliant game – it’s a game we looked forward to and expected to get something out of and as far as we’re concerned it was a game that we could have come and won.”
Nigel is right because in the first half if it was not for Steve Harper, who made one world class stop, when he had no right to even touch the ball, it could have been much better for the Foxes.
And a couple of badly missed opportunities by Leicester that if they had have taken them, could have been ahead at the half.
But no, it was the Magpies who continued their magnificent start to the season and it was our players’ desire, spirit and passion that was the key factor.