Chris Hughton this afternoon changed the game in Newcastle’s favor by the substitutions he introduced close on 60 minutes.
Ranger – helped to change the game this afternoon
With the score at 1-1 approaching the hour mark and Newcastle fans becoming increasingly nervous, it was still anybody’s game.
Then Chris Hughton decided to throw on his two remaining substitutes as Danny Guthrie and Nile Ranger were charged with the task of getting the 3 points for Newcastle.
The game was a lot closer than it should have been on 60 minutes with Plymouth previously having only gained 2 points in their first 7 games.
And within a couple of minutes Newcastle got their second goal.
Kevin Nolan bundled the ball home from Guthrie’s far-post cross with Ranger also involved in the build-up.
Hughton admits the two subs were important in securing the win which took the side up to second in the table, behind WBA.
Chris talked to Newcastle United TV after the game:
“I think it’s fair to say Danny and Nile have changed the game,”
“When you make changes you hope they make an impact, sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t.”
“Thankfully, they did make a major impact. “We needed that Kevin Nolan goal and it encouraged the lads.”
Nolan’s goal, which was followed by a great Andy Carroll strike on 84 minutes to make sure of the points, came after Karl Duguid (50) had cancelled out Steven Taylor’s (6) opener.
And Hughton added:
“There were periods of the game where we made hard work of it.”
“I am disappointed because we started the game really well. Apart form the goal, we played at a very good tempo at the start of the game.”
“For whatever reason, we weren’t able to sustain it and of course the long the game goes without getting that second one, they are lifted by the occasion and feel they can get something.”
It wasn’t an accomplished performance, but a win is a win, and we now have 19 points from our first 8 games – not too bad.