Clean Sheets Key To Newcastle Promotion

Clean sheets are very important to Newcastle’s promotion ambitions this season.

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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.

Hughton continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • G

    Nov 3, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #1

    I will be delighted with 3 points, regardless of how pretty the football is on Saturday. Frankly, I couldn’t care less if we look like 11 muppets on the field, as long as we end the day on top of the fizzy pop with an extra 3 points. Worry about pretty when we get to the prem.

  • Bigbadbob

    Nov 3, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Andy Carrol made some tremendous defensive headers for us when they pressed late on, it will also be good to get Steven Taylor back in the team and why not shuffle Collocini over to right back and keep Kadar at centre half?
    Also, how much of a Duncan Ferguson clone is Carrol, apart from the hair they have identical styles and if he improves his goal scoring i think we will struggle to hold onto him.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 3, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #3

    It’s going to be Dull football as the norm,apart from ipswich away it’s hard to pick out much flair or times where we have really gave a team a good kicking across a full 90 minutes.

    The quality in this division is atrocious and has really opened my eyes to the gulf in divisions…if we had a month in the premiership with this decimated team and management it wold fall flat on it’s backside.

    We are probably better off staying in this division for a few years as the money it will take to rebuild a half decent premiership side would be a minimum £70m.

  • G

    Nov 3, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #4

    I think the major difference between Duncan Ferguson and Andy Carroll is the fact that Carroll isn’t made from glass, or spending most of his time quaffing ale with John Parrott in the Swan at Heddon!

  • G

    Nov 3, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Fair comment SJT, but I think even MA realises that with our operating costs we simply cannot afford to stay in this division, otherwise we will be leaking cash faster than MA in a casino! We need to get back to the prem, even if it is another relegation battle just to keep the books relatively balanced, and even that will be debatable with MA in charge.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 3, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #6

    I think staying in this division is going to happen anyway….Baggies will walk the title they play good football and freely score goals.

    If we go up Mike will take us straight back down.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 3, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Oh My God No Way is Back….ahhhh I missed them Boyz.

  • G

    Nov 3, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #8

    @SJT “Oh My God No Way is Back….ahhhh I missed them Boyz.”… What?

  • Robby Bobson

    Nov 3, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Colo needs to change is mentality sometimes, he needs to hold players up, instead of being obsessed with getting the ball. Enrique was first class with his attacking runs….there isnt many players in english football that can match his combination of pace and power.

    Harper is surely in line for an England call…whislt ben foster is making mistakes, Harper is one of the most reliable keepers around and last night showed he is a good shot stopper too.

    Sheffield Uniteds tactics last night was clear….bully them out of the game. But if Blackwell looked at our team sheet, he would have realised the likes of Carroll, Nolan, Butt and Smith will give as good as they get! Last night showed that if teams thought…”ohh the playboys are coming” they are very very wrong! Even with the ref giving morgan everything and Carroll nothing!

  • Steve R

    Nov 3, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #10

    I really think that Hughton was a pushing his luck last night a bit too much. He made some bad subs, why did he bring on Ranger and Harewood? Shouldn’t he be trying to give Guthrie soem game time? Guthrie should have come on for Butt who is looking a bit past it these days.

    I really think that playing two tall strikers upfront is counter-productive!! LOVENKRANDS should have come on as a sub we need more pace and creativity in the squad.

    The only players creating anything/ passing decently were Jonas and Enrique. We need to clean up our passes and get a CREATIVE player in/ even if it’s GIOVANI from Tottenham.

  • tino97

    Nov 3, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Has anyone signed the petition against renaming St James?

    Sorry if this has been posted before, haven’t been on for a while!

  • lesh

    Nov 3, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #12

    BBB @ 3 and “…. Also, how much of a Duncan Ferguson clone is Carrol, apart from the hair they have identical styles and if he improves his goal scoring i think we will struggle to hold onto him”

    Bob, as long as the only similarity to big Dunc is in Carrol’s play – we certainly don’t want any of DF’s other ‘qualities’!.

  • toonsy

    Nov 3, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #13

    I’d have taken a draw beforehand last night, so im chuffed with the 3 points.

    Peterborough at St James’ on saturday! Hope we smash them. Lets see if they bring a DVD out of that if we do! 😀

    West Brom have a tough game away at Leicester so we have a chance of pulling clear a little depending on results.

    Knowing Newcastle however, results will go our way but we will balls it up ourselves lol 😀

  • Bigbadbob

    Nov 3, 2009 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Lesh, agree, in style only but Ferguson on his day was the most feared target man of his era with a beautiful touch to go with it.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 4, 2009 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #15

    G // Nov 3, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    @SJT “Oh My God No Way is Back….ahhhh I missed them Boyz.”… What?

    It’s the New Generation Smileys Advert that pops up near the comments box 🙂
    That one and the moving jungle wallpapers are my favourites haha

  • G

    Nov 4, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #16

    @SJT – I see, ad’s blocked by default here. Don’t see none of that stuff!

  • Bao Zheng

    Nov 4, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Almost right Ed. Winning is key to promotion. Nowts each draws and we are mid table.


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