Chris Hughton talked after the game last night about what he did and said at half time, to get the Newcastle players out of their dream state – which is how many of them played like in the first half ………. again.
Chris Hughton – good team talk at half time?
“The only tactical change was to switch Gutierrez to the right. It was about having the football to gain confidence. We didn’t do it in the first half and that’s what we had to do in the second. After we scored we dropped deeper.”
“It was vitally important we got something from the game. We have to build on that now. There’s different ways to win a match and you can gain a lot by winning like we did tonight.”
“It’s just nice when you come away with the points. I have my moments, the same as anyone, where we have been this season so far we have had to try to keep a calmness and composure to keep everything together.”
“Expectations are high and there’s a lot to live up to.”
And since this was Hughton’s first game in charge as the permanent manager, after running the club in a caretaker role since July 1st, as the clueless Ashley again tried to sell the club and was again unsuccessful – Chris was asked if things felt any different after last night’s game:
“It didn’t feel any different, there were normal emotions.” “I just want for this group of lads because there is so much desire there to get the team back into the Premier League as quickly as possible.”
We won ugly last night, no doubt about it, and it’s probably also true that in our last 6 games when we’ve gained just 8 points from the 18 on offer, we just haven’t played well enough.
But we’ve now won our last 2 games, after all, and that’s what successful teams do – they win when they don’t particularly play well.
Just think how things could be if we actually start to play well in one of these games – Peterborough are duly warned for Saturday. 😀
And Chris seemed happy enough with the win last night – we certainly were and much relieved too:
“It is a very nice feeling to be top. You know there are different types of victories and it is always nice to get one with free-flowing football.”
“But you know you are going to have tough games like this and you have to deal with it.”
“There is nothing quite like the feeling you get in the dressing room after a win like that.”
We agree with the boss.
Howay The Lads!!