It’s not surprising that Chris Hughton has given a load of interviews after last night’s memorable performance against Cardiff City.
Chris Hughton – swashbuckling performance by Newcastle last night
Chris talked to the Northern Echo:
“It’s a big achievement,” “This group of lads deserve all the credit that goes along with it.”
“We are a strong team in this division, but that has brought pressure from day one. We are a big club in the Championship, but that means we are there to be shot at.”
“There’s pressure everywhere we go. That’s something we’ve had to deal with, but we’ve dealt with it well.”
Most of the Newcastle players last night looked good, with both Wayne Routledge and Leon Best looking impressive acquisitions for the Toon.
This had to be Newcastle’s best attacking performance of the season, shading the great 4-0 win at Ipswich last year, which was an inspired performance for the late Newcastle legend Sir Bobby Robson, a game between his two former clubs.
We have to remember that this Cardiff side were unbeaten in their previous eight games. So if we produce this kind of form against the weaker Championship sides, and there are a lot of them, then heaven knows how many goals we could score.
And we need to, because a good goal difference is like an extra point in the promotion stakes.
In fact last night’s all-out attacking performance could have been one of the best performances for a couple of seasons, and it was in front of a very good 44,028 crowd.
“That was certainly our most open performance and I’m sure many of the supporters will view it as their most enjoyable game of the season,”
“The fact that it was a night game helped with the atmosphere, and the two early goals obviously helped set the mood.”
“We also had Routledge and Jonas (Gutierrez) going down the flanks, and we know our supporters love to see that type of player.”
“We managed to score five, and we weren’t really able to do that earlier in the season.”
“There have been some really good performances – you can draw special satisfaction from a hard-fought away win like the result at Sheffield United – but from a footballing point of view, that was probably the best we’ve played.”
Now for a good win on Tuesday night against Derby County, and let’s keep attacking, and surely we will not have any let-downs after this performance – and 3 points is what matters.
We think Chris may well field an unchanged side for that game.
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