Chris Hughton admits it was an ugly win last night – but hey – a win is a win – and we won last night without playing well – so we’re not complaining.
Chris Hughton – happy with ugly win – same here
And it was Chris’ first game as the permanent Newcastle manager so congratulations to the boss for getting the right result tonight.
Now we need to get 3 points at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon, when we are at home to Peterborough, the second bottom side – and we hope we can get a great turn-out to cheer on the lads.
There were 3,000 traveling fans at Bramall Lane tonight – another fantastic turn out by our fans!
The game was scrappy at best, and it took an own goal from a deflected shot from Ryan Taylor for Newcastle to get all 3 points – but as long as we keep doing what it takes to get the win – that’s just fine with us.
Hughton told Sky Sports after the game:
“I’m delighted. I think that’s what you call an ugly win,” “We knew here they haven’t had the best of times of late and would be after the win.”
“They play a particular style of play that makes it very difficult for you. You’ve got to be strong and resilient and I thought for the majority of the game we handled everything they threw at us.”
“I don’t think there’s anyone that I can pick out. It’s a team performance,” “We needed everyone on board. We needed fighters and men out there today and that’s exactly what we got.”
“I thought we showed moments of quality. We weathered the storm in the first half. I thought we got into our passing game early in the second half, although I was a little bit disappointed we weren’t able to elaborate on that a bit more.”
One thing Chris just has to correct is Newcastle’s first half form.
Quite honestly, when we were still level at the half, and with a clean sheet, we were fairly confident the lads could get the result, because we’re always better in the final 45 minutes – but that’s not good enough.
Steven Harper and Andy Carroll took lots of credit last night for their individual performances, but Hughton insists it was a team display that got the job done.
He’s right and of course football is a team game and every single player is important.
OK – enough said – now we need 3 points against Peterborough United on Saturday – and to be honest that’s the only thing that matters right now.
Howay the Lads! – we can do it!!