Newcastle were a little fortunate last night to save their unbeaten record at home, but it was also the first time the side hadn’t taken all 3 points in a game at St. James’ Park this season.
Marlon Harewood – his experience a big advantage to Newcastle
QPR were the better team last night, especially in the first half, and manager Chris Hughton said after the game:
“You’re up against Championship battle-hardened teams who are used to playing the amount of games that we have to play.”
“It’s something that we’ll keep stressing to the players. If you look at the games so far this season we’ve had to fight and work hard for everything so far.”
And Chris was rightly delighted with the impact of 30 year-old Marlon Harewood, who scored his first league goal for 18 months on 70 minutes, and made an immediate impact after replacing 18 year-old Nile Ranger 9 minutes before his goal.
“He’s a player with a lot of experience who is different from what we’ve got,” “We know he can make an impact – the decision not to play him was only based on number of games played.”
“He will only get better with more games. Apart from his quality, he’s also a lad who’s been around and played at big clubs so he’s used to this type of arena and atmosphere that we’ll have.”
It could well be that Marlon will score some vital goals for the Magpies this season, and of course the 6’1″ striker is already a proven goalscorer at this level.
Certainly he has started out very well at Newcastle, as he looked lively when brought on against Ipswich on Saturday night, and saved the side last night at St. James’ Park, with his goal.
We exect Marlon to start the game against Bristol City on Saturday, when we just have to get all 3 points.