Desire of Newcastle Players Was Key To Victory

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.

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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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Tino 11

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #1

    1st 8)

  • chuck

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah your happy with the win as we all are, but terms like magnificent have no reality in the game I watched, so lighten up Ed it`s gonna be a long season.
    Geez, hope there`s some reality to the NY group`s attempt to buy the club.

  • devonshier-mag

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #3

    thought we played well and it was a comfortable win although we deffo missed jonas pace and shola as we didnt av much height for set pieces….enrique played very well and ranger also play good and deerved his standing ovation…enrique/smith man of match

  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #4

    If we continue getting the 1-0/2-0s against the teams we should be beating like Leicster then we are in for a successful season. Teams like Cardiff will be alot tougher though, but we dont need to beat the best 3/4 teams to go up.

    A steady flow of victories against lesser opposition – thats why man utd won the prem and liverpool didnt despite liverpool having the best head to head for the top four.

    I like how when we get the goal or two we need, we arent then cavarlering on to try and make it 4 or 5, we are discaplined and concentrate on sealing the win. For example, we score and nolan dropped back into a more of a midfield role.

  • MacToon

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Get in, all we need is that useless or should I say use less git of an owner to sell up.

    Never known a team to be disrupted so much but because of Hughton, he’s managed to keep it together and what can you say but well done.

    We need new blood, some strengthening and no more sales plz unless maybe Geremi….. but even then we won again with Geremi in the team!

  • tripp

    Sep 1, 2009 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Axis, Bold as Love. Very nice, Roddy-zilla.

  • JinkyGenius

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Having read all post match posts I see not one call for Hughton to given the job permanently. Shame on you all, especially Ed for the drip-drip condescending ‘well done, Chris, but f*** off’ comments in the form of the usual – ‘we hope he is given a job making the tea for the almighty-Shearer-who-can-do-no-wrong’. I’m sure Chris would be proud to serve under someone who knows next to nowt about the job and who will be being paid 10x the salary to learn from the likes of him.

    It all reminds me of the tale of the Pied Piper. So be warned, dudes, injustice will only rebound back onto the perpetrators; and in 6 months when fans look back at where we were this morning in the table they will wonder what went wrong as we dwell in mid table hopelessness under the clueless Shearer-who-can-do-no-wrong.


  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 1, 2009 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Agree Jinky….I really don’t want Shearer as Manger.
    If it is not broken leave it alone.

    I wish Mike would get the fk out of Toon another SkinFlint transfer window and some serious asset stripping.


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