As expected, Chris Hughton is not getting carried away, after last night’s 5-1 win against 4th placed Cardiff City.
Chris Hughton – we have to look after our own business
Chris Hughton, as expected, has urged the Newcastle players to keep their feet on the ground, not to get ahead of themselves, and certainly not to get carried away by a 5-1 win.
Chris talked to Sky Sports after last night’s game:
“We had a good day today against a very good side that hadn’t lost for a while,”
“We know it’ll go right to the end because everybody has their own agendas and they’ll be pushing.”
“We very much expect West Brom and Forest not to lose too many games so we’ve got to look after our own business.”
Newcastle came out of the blocks last night like a steam train, against a Championship side that had four wins on the trot, and were showing some top form.
But the Magpies were an amazing 3 goals up after a short 15 minutes, with Andy Carroll involved in all three goals, and he scored two of them himself.
The other was an own goal, after Andy’s shot came off the post and was put into the net unwittingly by a Cardiff City defender.
And that man Peter Lovenkrands, who has been in scintillating goal-scoring form of late, scored two second half goals to send his total up to eight for the season, the same as Andy Carroll’s haul so far.
Cardiff sub Aaron Wildig did get a consolation goal for the Welshmen, in the last minute, which spoiled the night only a little bit for the Newcastle side.
Dave Jones admitted his side were well beaten last night, but of course he and the Cardiff fans are disappointed there has been no money from Chairman Peter Ridsdale to buy new players during last month’s transfer window.
Dave said after the game:
“We probably just got overrun by one of the best teams in this division, with the biggest squad,”
“We couldn’t compete and when we need to change things, we can’t.”
“We’ve just got to get on with it and the fans have got to accept that because it’s going to be up and down from now unless we change things, and at the moment I can’t see any light at the end of the tunnel for that.”
We remember Peter Ridsdale as the man most responsible for some suicidal Leeds United signings a few years ago, that really hurt the Yorkshire club financially.
The famous club, as we all know, has had a disastrous slide down to obscurity, and it’s only now they look like they are making a very strong, and welcome comeback to the big time.
However, it will still take another couple of seasons for them to get back to the PL.
Let’s hope Cardiff can get their act together soon – and they still have more than a decent chance of promotion this season.
And in the Championship playoffs, any side can win it, as has been shown so many times before.
As for the Newcastle side, we have to hope we can get automatic promotion, and that continues to be the top (and only) goal for the season.