It Was Newcastle’s Day In The End

There’s little doubt that Chris Hughton and Newcastle desperately needed a win against Doncaster on Saturday.

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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.

18 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 26, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Waffle…we should be hammering teams like this…I bet the whole Doncaster squads combined wages is less than one of our so called “stars”.

  • dave 1961

    Oct 26, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Chris must have learned a lot from Kinnear, as he spouts the same garbage as old foul mouth, & happy to let the team run its self.

  • lesh

    Oct 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Sirjason, agree 110%…. Scunthorpe, Donny, Bristol City, Blackpool made us struggle.

    We should be knocking seven bells out of temas like that!

  • Mags

    Oct 26, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Dave 1961 – EXACTLY.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 26, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #5

    I would prefer the chuckle brothers in charge rather than CH or JK.

  • Stuart79

    Oct 26, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Still won’t get promoted.

    You cannot get promotion playing badly every single game. We’ve played well once against Ipswich.

    The rest we’ve been beaten, drawn or bloody lucky.

  • Nobby_Long

    Oct 26, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Doncaster are a very average team…….unfortunately, we are not much better.

    Marlon Harewood……jesus …..he is sh!te…self-serving waste of space…..I’m sure he did Kadar’s confidence the world of good when he stood in the middle of the pitch shouting & gesticulating at him..

    Nicky Butt…..time to retire son….oops, sorry you already have.

  • Toon_Army

    Oct 26, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #8

    You guys make me ill, go and find another club to support cause you sure ain’t suppotring NUFC, CH has done a fantastic job and I for one am glad we ound a bit of luck, we are top of the Championship and you can’t ask for more than that, the smoggies and west bron came down with us with backing from ther respective board rooms while we still manage to rise above the termoil at our club and put out a skelenton team and win…

    a lot of NUFC fans are dellutional and still think they are playing in the Prem, this is not the Prem and it’s not as Pretty…

    IF we do go up!!! then we will need to bring in some serious tallent just to survive…

    Do you realise the players this squad lost in the summer, and this is a relegated side…

    Well Done Chris, must be touch having to blood all your youngsters just to have 11 players on the Pitch…

  • Johno Toon

    Oct 26, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Well said Toon Army

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Oct 26, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #10

    i agree with TA, the trouble with alot of our fans is they are far too fickle. Granted Chris isnt alot of peoples first choices for the job and we may not have played that well at times but to be honest i cant remember a period when we have done since Bobby. We have rode our luck a little so far but if good for nothing else Chris has managed to keep his head down and get on with things despite everything being against him. In this division rough periods are going to happen, its all about how you bounce back from them and respond and the level of support shown by the fans is crucial to that. I say the same to those boycotting games, support your club through the rough and the smooth…this is our club, not fatboys.

  • dave 1961

    Oct 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #11

    if i wanted to watch kick & rush hoof the ball aimlessly up the pitch, & have two shot’s at goal i would support Bolton or Blackburn.

  • sahota

    Oct 26, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #12

    I understand what you guys saying. But going to matches is everyone’s own choice. I still agree with many who decided not to go to watch. Its just kind of emotions you go through when you see Mike still running our club so badly. Yes we are in championship …then what ? Still we are big big club. We have enough attractions that we can attract some decent players who want to make name in England. We are perfect platform for these guys to showcase their talent. While this Mike is here he is going to ruin our club. The earlier he goes the better. I think only way he will leave us now is if we don’t get promoted. We will be very poor if we go to PL with this squad. I really hope Mike wakes up and runs away from our club.

    Regarding Chris, I don’t expect much from him. Yes he has done well. But coming 4-5 games will actually set the tone for rest of season. If we play like we have been doing from last 3-4 games, we will be standing somewhere 10th after 4 games from now.

  • Johno Toon

    Oct 26, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Sometimes dave1961 the ends justify the means , and when we do get promoted who cares how we done it?

  • Partizan

    Oct 26, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Sir JasonToon coment 1….Aston Villa said the same thing and Doncaster was in League 1 that time…not too long ago.

  • ginkoh

    Oct 26, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #15

    We win because of LUCK, not because of Hughton tactic. He should learn what he missed from Don game and try to improve his attitude next time.

  • Ericles

    Oct 26, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #16

    No more excuses. Simply not good enough. We need a motivator on and off the pitch. Butt is not that nor is Hughton.

  • Nobby_Long

    Oct 26, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #17

    We are top almost by default……we do not look like a good team….anyone thinking otherwise is deluding themselves.

    We were VERY lucky and could easily have lost again. I know…I was there.

  • p doff

    Oct 26, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Johno- You remind me of Colemanballs in Private Eye, “He opened his Legs (mouth) and showed us his quality”
    Hughton has same problem, do you think we will get promoted on current team performance? Wished I had your blind faith.


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