Chris Hughton was a happy man tonight as he saw his side destroy a poor and down-hearted Ipswich Town side, to go back to the top of the Championship.
Hughton – this was a perfect win for us
Chris has labeled the 4-0 win as the “perfect win” in front of a live TV audience around the world.
Newcastle stunned Ipswich with 3 goals inside 4 minutes with Kevin Nolan breaking the deadlock on the half-hour mark.
Then the Liverpool lad added another within two minutes before Ryan Taylor curled home a free-kick just two minutes later.
Then Kevin Nolan completed his hat-trick on 51 minutes to complete Newcastle’s biggest win of the season – so far.
After the game Chris Hughton, who prepared the lads so well for this game, said:
“It was the perfect win in many ways in that we’ve scored good goals at good times, kept a clean sheet and, of course, all this away from home.”
“I’d say this has been the most satisfying win of the season so far and we’re delighted to be back top.” “We were aware of what those around us had done with West Brom getting beat and Boro drawing.”
“But we managed to keep our nerve and weren’t fazed by it.” “I thought the lads showed great mental strength and, from the first minute, we were excellent.”
“To score three goals in six minutes was tremendous and after that the result was never in doubt.” “We never looked in trouble at the back and controlled the game from start to finish.”
Roy Keane, the Ipswich manager, thought the goals Ipswich conceded tonight were just terrible, as he said after the game:
“The game was dead and buried by half-time. We conceded some unbelievably bad goals and we just have to defend better.”
“I don’t know if Nolan has scored a hat-trick before but he won’t get an easier chance to get one. He must have thought it was Christmas.”
“We started OK but the first goal was a bad goal to give away. The lad Nolan scored loads of goals from set pieces at Bolton, yet we let him have a free header.”
“It was bad defending for the second goal as well and that knocked the confidence of the players and it was always going to be hard from that point, given the experience of the Newcastle players and their defensive record this season.”
“If we are opened up with good play then fair enough, but we have been giving goals away from the start of the season and it’s unacceptable.”
The lads can celebrate this great win for a day or two, but will have to be ready for the next game on Wednesday evening, at home to QPR, who beat Barnsley 5-2 in London today.