Newcastle boss Chris Hughton was just delighted with his team’s professional win at St. James’ Park this afternoon, in front of a good Geordie crowd of 43,067, the second biggest attendance of the day in England.
Andy Carroll – 4th goal this season
Newcastle won fairly comfortably with goals from Gutierrez, Carroll and Simpson, before Dean Keates scored a late consolation goal after 79 minutes for Peterborough. The Gutierrez and Simpson goals were the maiden goals for those players, and they were both delighted.
And there were also chants against Ashley, both before the game and immediately the game started, but only after the minute’s silence for the upcoming Remembrance Sunday was impeccably observed by the Geordie faithful.
Hughton was very pleased the players kept their focus on the job in hand, and it really doesn’t help to put that distraction on the players in our home games .
The crowd should demonstrate before the game, at half time, and after the game, but not when the lads are playing and trying to win and get all 3 points – come on and let’s be sensible.
Chris said after the game:
“We have got a totally focused group of players who, from minute one, saw an opportunity for us to stay on top of the division, and very much took that opportunity.”
“We have got used to getting on with the job. There are things we can’t affect, but I am very lucky that I have got a group of players who are focused on one thing, and that’s on staying where we are at the right end of the table with the ultimate aim of getting promotion.”
“We are focused enough and it certainly hasn’t taken anything away from the victory.” “It was just what we wanted. We could have made it a little bit more comfortable, but I don’t think you can complain too much about a 3-1 victory at home.”
Gutierrez’s 12th minute goal was the very first for the Tyneside club but no sign of the famous Spiderman mask, But then just 6 minutes after he scored he had to leave the game with a though problem, potentially a dead leg.
“He was certainly delighted with that. We were expecting the mask to come out, but he has probably put it away somewhere.”
Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson, the son of Sir Alex, was down to earth and truthful after the game, and said he believed his side were beaten by the better team on the day.
“Credit to Newcastle, I think you have seen the team that will win the league. They are on a roll at the moment.”
“Chris has done a good job and stabilised the whole club, so it was always going to be difficult for us.”
Well we hope Darren is right, but after least season, most Newcastle fans will take absolutely nothing for granted this time around.
Peterborough finished up bottom of the league after the loss, and Newcastle continued 2 points ahead of WBA, at the top.