Clean sheets are very important to Newcastle’s promotion ambitions this season.
Chris Hughton – very pleased with clean sheet
Former manager Sam Allardyce often talked about clean sheets and said the team that had the most in the Premier League generally ended up being the Champions.
It’s a pity we couldn’t have kept more clean sheets during the short 8 months Sam was on Tyneside.
And Chris Hughton was delighted to see his Newcastle United side, under some pressure in the first half and in added time, keep a clean sheet – the 8th of the season.
The more clean sheets we can get the better we will be in the promotion race – as just a single goal gets us all 3 points – and that was our fourth 1-0 league win of the season – the other ones being against Sheffield Wednesday and Leicester City at home, and at Cardiff and now Sheffield United.
Each one of those games were very tough for Newcastle – but we somehow came out with all 12 points – unbelievable.
Chris told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I’m just pleased we’re back to a clean sheet, and getting a good result at a very tough place to get one. “
“We needed longer periods where we could keep hold of the ball and take pressure off ourselves, but we needed to put in a performance that was going to allow us to keep a clean sheet.”
“It was important to get the goal – if they had scored, it would have given them a lift and rocked the stadium, but we got the goal, and probably sat back a little bit too much in that last period.”
“I thought we came out better in the second half.” “At that stage, I thought if anyone was going to get a goal, it was going to be us.”
Hughton and his players were just delighted at the end of the game, following two fantastic saves by Steve Harper in the 5 minutes of added time, and after that little drama the players and coaches all celebrated with the 3,000 traveling fans at the end of the game.
We said before the game it was important for the lads to win, so we can continue our forward momentum towards promotion.
“I’m absolutely delighted with the result. You can win in different ways.”
“Sheffield United is a club which at the start of the season would have been very much fancied for promotion – automatic or through the play-offs.”
“They’re a side which is used to being up there. They had not far off their best side out, so we knew we were going to be up against it.”
It was indeed a welcome win, but now we must prepare hard for the game against Peterborough at home on Saturday.
Peterborough are second bottom of the CCC, but a low league position didn’t stop Plymouth or Doncaster Rovers from giving the Magpies a significant scare.
We’ll be happy with 3 points on Saturday, however we can win, even if it’s ugly again.