Chris Hughton has admitted to Newcastle United TV, that Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Cardiff City wasn’t the prettiest win his side will ever get.
Coloccini – a bad hair day – no way
But nonetheless a win is a win, and that’s 5 wins from six in the league, and we thought we did great in the first game at WBA with the 1-1 draw. 😀
But the lads, under the common sense and skillful guidance of coaches Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, have come on leaps and bounds so far this season.
And it was Fabricio Coloccini who was the unlikely goal hero, and picked a great time to get his first goal for the club, with a bullet header from Ryan Taylor’s right-wing center, following a corner, in the 18th minute.
But Newcastle had to contain a good Cardiff side for large portions of the game, and the Welsh club had 16 shots on goal, but couldn’t break down the Newcastle rearguard.
Chris told nufcTV after the game:
“It wasn’t the prettiest win,” “We knew it was always going to be tough here today and it certainly was that.”
“We didn’t create a great deal going forward but I thought we defended superbly.”
“It was backs to the wall at times, but we were strong and got the win I thought we deserved.”
And Chris has said he thought the sending off of captain Alan Smith, just before the end of the game, was harsh.
Hughton thought Alan’s first yellow card on 66 minutes, for an apparent foul on Joe Ledley, was uncalled for.
“I think it was a harsh sending off because we felt the first yellow card should never have been given,”
“But the second foul we can have no complaints.” “I thought Alan was excellent today before the sending off.
“He’s in the middle of a run of games for the first time in a long time and that is showing in how well he’s playing.”
We now need club captain Nicky Butt to come in at Blackpool and show what he can do for the club – we think Nicky’s experience could be a big plus for us this season.
But we need a good performance from the former Manchester United player on Wednesday night.