Newcastle are not exactly a creative, free-flowing side this season, but the lads are able to grind out results, which we did once again last night against Crystal Palace.
Nile Ranger – got second goal tonight
It looked like it would be the side’s 6th 1-0 win this season, until 18 year-old Nile Ranger scored his first home goal of his career in the 3rd minute of injury time, to make the game look a little more easy than it really was.
That was a good goal for the promising youngster, and it will give the Londoner that extra bit of confidence, and it was his second goal of the season, and we always have to remember the lad is still only 18 years old.
And Chris Hughton is nothing if not honest, and after the game he told it like it is:
“It was one we had to grind out, and we can expect a few more of them before the season finishes, that’s for sure.”
“The only disappointment for me was that after having got the goal reasonably early, I always felt we needed the second goal to secure it.”
“And it would have been nice to have got the second goal earlier than we did.”
“But, for us, the most important thing was to get the victory and it was a good, cool finish from Nile to seal it.”
“There are aspects of our game where we could have done better tonight – our final ball – but what we were up against was a good Palace side that we knew, regardless of the situation, are a team that’s in form at the minute.”
“The nucleus of what played is what has been playing for them, so we certainly knew they weren’t going to roll over and make it an easy game for us.”
“They battled and credit to them, but we showed good spirit also and, in the end, got the win we desperately wanted.”
We are not complaining about the display or the result, because the grit and courage shown again tonight, has got us lots of points this season, something we were very short of last season, when we were probably rightly relegated.
We were outfought far too many times last season, by teams who wanted the win more than we did, but if we do get promoted this season, there are at least 14 PL teams who we can beat by our skill, and by the never-say-die spirit that exists within the Newcastle side these days.
What was especially pleasing tonight was the impressive display given by new-signing Mike Williamson, which was the lad’s first senior game for many months, and it shows he has the courage to come in for such a critical game, and get the job done.
Good for you Mike – and welcome aboard.
We’ll take these wins whichever way we can, in order to get back to the Premier League, which is the only place Newcastle United belongs.
Howay The Lads!!