There’s little doubt that Chris Hughton and Newcastle desperately needed a win against Doncaster on Saturday.
Chris Hughton – had some luck – at last
The usually stoic Hughton went crazy with emotion at the end as Kevin Nolan slotted home a dramatic winner for the Magpies on 92 minutes.
Chris admitted his team had been lucky (for once!) to win after Doncaster had amazingly missed a second-half penalty.
Newcastle also ended the game with ten men following Zurab Khizanishvili’s controversial sending-off after 85 minutes. Newcastle are likely to appeal the sending-off.
Chris said today:
“I thought we deserved it overall. I know they missed a penalty, but there is no better feeling than when you come from behind and score a goal in the last moments when down to ten men.”
“We’ve gone through all the emotions. The first-half performance wasn’t good and they scored with their only chance. They were good in possession and always threatened.”
“Andy (Carroll) missed a chance he would have put away nine times out of ten and you possibly think it’s not going to be your day. Then you get a goal and think you will go on to win the game.”
“Then came the penalty and it’s not going to be your day, a sending-off and it’s not our day – but it was our day in the end and we needed that.”
“The sense of unity in the squad is something I’ve encouraged.” “We know we’ve got quality in the squad and we’ve tweaked it occasionally, but they’ve worked very hard on the spirit and I think that shows when you get a winner as late as we did.”
Now is the time for the lads to show their class in these games, and of course take their chances, and those missed chances have cost us too many points in the last 5 games.