We Couldn’t Have Done That Earlier In The Season


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.

Chris continued:

“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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17 comments so far

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 6, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope he starts Lovenkrands instead of Best but other than that stick with the same. Get Ranger playing in the reserves or lend him out. The more games the lad gets the better.

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 6, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #2

    2nd

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 6, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #3

    3rd GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL

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  • MacToon

    Feb 6, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #4

    We have the players now for a good attacking 4-4-2 so hope he stays with that home & away and against 11 or 10 players!

    I think having Smith, Butt and R Taylor missing speaks volumes. The back 4 did really well.

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  • Thump

    Feb 6, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #5

    See how well we played on the wings with actual wingers?

    See how well we played through the centre with actual midfielders?

    See how well the defence performed when we have competition for a spot?

    Take note, Chris!

    That said, I wouldn’t rate Leon Best based on last nights performance, he seemed a bit too quiet. I just wish Sky had televised the game 🙁

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  • Bryan

    Feb 6, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Great win last night. I really thought they would give us one of our hardest games at home considering their good recent away form.
    The new players did well, but we have been here before in regards to new players where they come in play well for the first few games, everyone, including you Ed, call them world beaters but they soon find their level, and at times over the years it just has not been good enough for NUFC. Lets give them 10-15 games before we start blowing the tumpets.
    Lets be hounest here, everyone on this blog, and I mean everyone would have laughed at the thought of Best, Hall & Williamson signing for us just 18 months ago. It just shows how far we have fallen during MA reign. We now have a good Championship side as Chris says and thats all. We all know that this side will struggle in the Premiership. I would have prefered if the ones we gave contracts to had signed on loan until the end of the season and reveiwed the situation again then. Because its all right these players playing well in the Championship, but we all know the difference in quality between the Championship and the Premiership, and when we do go up then the likes of these players are not Premier league standard and will be quickly found out. Lets hope when we get promoted MA shows his intent and buys the 6/7 class players we will need to stay there. Then have a 5 year plan, because that is at least how long it will take, to once again compete with the big boys. We as fans have got to realise this and give the manager and club this time to get back where we all want to be.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 6, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #7

    So does a 5-1 winning team stay the same? Meaning does Smudge come straight back into the team or keep Danny boy in the middle?

    And up front Best work hard but Lovenkrands scored 2 goals so there is another decision there.

    We really have competition for places for first time in ages, albeit average players from a EPL persepctive but still good competition and the team seems alot more balanced.

    The signing of Routledge could prove to be a very very shrewd piece of business.

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Feb 6, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Mmmm
    Mackems 0
    Wigan 1
    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

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  • MacToon

    Feb 6, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #9

    I agree Robby Bobson, Routledge was such an important signing, balancing the team out. Hope he and Jonas remain injury free as we won’t be the same team without them.

    I’d hope he goes for the same team except maybe if Colo is fit, put him back in defence.

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Feb 6, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Sheffield Wednesday have equalised against Forest
    1-1

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  • dave 1961

    Feb 6, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #11

    this was not a fantastic display it was excellent result but we still don’t believe how much better than we are to the rest of this league, we should go out for each game knowing that if we play to our best we will win, and just bombard the goal, i just hope that Hughton learned a lesson last night, attack is the best defense, & always has been, and if he wants to fiddle that’s what the reserves are for, as for his new signings they need time, even if its to fail, let them fail totally.

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  • digereedo

    Feb 6, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #12

    unfortunately i fear we will revert to five in midfield and one up, but i really hope not.

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  • jackdnufc

    Feb 6, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Best should start again because he needs to get as much time as possible to settle down and get some goals. If Loven can come on and do what he did last night then plenty championship defences will be terrified with the prospect of him coming on when their tired out because they’ve had to deal with Best, Jonas, and Routledge for the minutes preceding. Super sub Lovenkrands!
    Hopefully Chris will go with the same team on Monday, but I feel that Smudge will have a role to play when we NEED to grind out a result or in particular away matches.
    Saying that, however, it does seem that with the defence playing at such a quality standard the need for Smith may be totally pointless when we can soak up the pressure and attack anyway.
    I won’t care either way as long as we get the three points on Tuesday!

    HWTL

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  • Oba

    Feb 6, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m not sure whether Lovenkrands is good enough to start games against the top sides in the league. He seems a really good impact player to me.

    That said I’d see how he does up front against Derby in a 4-4-2 with Carroll.

    Please don’t play 1 up front CH.

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  • liamHWTT

    Feb 7, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #15

    agree with mactoon. hwtl!

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  • liamHWTT

    Feb 7, 2010 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #16

    i know i’m dreaming, but what if barton could come into this side and play footie like barton in the center of midfield but not act like barton in every other way? again, i know i dream.

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  • cgrizzly87

    Feb 7, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Everyone talking about our players “not being good enough for the prem, look how far we have fallen” etc is really starting to get on my t*ts!

    Stop being so negative and appreciate the fact that we have a club in a much stronger financial position than we were, thank goodness.

    How about we support the team until the end of the season, appreciate the fact they are undoing all the s**t that wasters like SLOWEN and Obafemi BARN DOOR got us into, and celebrate UNITED when we’re back where we belong…?

    See you on Tuesday evening!

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