Another Good Home Showing From Newcastle – Hughton

Newcastle came from behind tonight, in front of almost 40,000 home fans to give those fans exactly what they wanted – a good home win that puts the Magpies back on top of the Championship, with 15 games to go.

Wayne Routledge – terrific first goal for Newcastle after 37 minutes

But Newcastle had to come back from being a goal down after 35 minutes from Clinton Morrison’s strike.

But Newcastle replied within a couple of minutes and it was a terrific first goal from Wayne Routledge, who rifled the ball into the back of the net from 20 yards out.

Newcastle did start to get on top in the second half and an Andy Carroll goal came after 53 minutes and then Peter Lovenkrands nicely converted a penalty on 70 minutes for his 9th goal of the season.

The cuprit for the penalty, Leon Barnett received a second yellow card for the offense and was sent off.

Then right on the final whistle, Fabrice Pancrate broke down the right wing, and Ryan Taylor slotted in his 3rd goal of the season and Newcastle came out worthy 4-1 winners.

Hughton talked to Newcastle United TV after the game:

“It was a convincing win in the end but we had to show good character to come from behind.”

“We didn’t have it all our own way in the first half and, as you’d expect of a team in form, they came here and worked very hard and made it difficult for us.”

“They got bodies back behind the ball and, although we had a lot of possession, we couldn’t really break them down early on.”

“In that situation you need a goal to open the game up but, of course, we went behind.” “But the fact that we got the equaliser so quickly put us on a good footing.”

“After that I always felt we’d go on to get a second and it was a well-worked move for Andy to score.”  “Peter has then tucked his penalty away brilliantly and it was nice for Ryan to add a fourth.”

“But I’m delighted with the win and it’s another good showing for the home fans to enjoy.”

But let’s not get carried away, as the lads have to keep up the good form and ensure we get all 3 points against Preston North End on Saturday afternoon at St James’ Park.

Preston were beaten 5-3 at Derby County last night and stand in 14th position in the league.

Comments always welcome.

13 comments so far

  • tdt

    Feb 17, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Lets hope PNE are demoralised after shipping 5 against Derby.

    Simpson–Collo–Williamson–Van Man

    Subs: Krul, Kadar, R.Taylor, pancrate, Nolan, Best and Ranger

    Now that is a strong squad. Guthrie seems a million miles better in his native CM, so defo keep him there. use either R.Taylor or Pancrate on the wing if either Jonas or Routledge goes off – playing players out of position spells trouble.

    5-0 on saturday, I believe we are due a clean sheet and a Best hattrick!

  • chestnut

    Feb 18, 2010 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #2

    1-0 on saturday would be good enough, as long as we stay top

  • g.s.tooner

    Feb 18, 2010 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t know about that. I’d like to see another good performance like tonight. If not to settle my nerves then at least to put some light in between us and the baggies in terms of goal difference.

    Highlights anyone?

  • CAToon

    Feb 18, 2010 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Fantastic win.

    On to the next match. Which NUFC team shows up? What happens will tell a great deal about the psychology of the team; can they mentally play at a high level two games in a row, with only a few days rest. Can CH display the strong leadership the teams need.

  • Sav

    Feb 18, 2010 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #5

    He has the squad to keep pressure on the central positions, although the full-backs and 2 wide players pick themselves. As Hughton says, its striking a balance between a consistent side and keeping it fresh with competition.

    As for North End, I hope Lawro is there to watch his fave side get precisely nowt.

  • DJG

    Feb 18, 2010 at 5:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Well what can I say about that.

    We were actually poor in the first half and it took a scrappy goal from Coventry for us to wake up. Once we did though it took only 2 mins for Routledge to find the net. A supurb volley that just creeped in the bottom left corner at the leazes end.
    In the second half things were very different. Carroll scoring a header to put us infront. By the time their defender was sent off and Lovenkrands made it 3-1 from the spot the game was over really as a contest. I actually missed the last goal trying to beat the crowd but I heard it was just a tap in.

    Just like 3-0 flattered Derby I think this was the case for us as Coventry started in good spirit and Harper had some catches to make. I don’t care though, it’s just a relief to finally get 3 points and improve on West Broms goal difference aswell. Another good win against Preston should stop them being able to sneek above us that way.

    It is our away form that will have to improve if we are going to open up a gap again however and we desperately need to.

  • nilakavivat

    Feb 18, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Another great home win, hopefully we can start winning away too.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Feb 18, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Well, Chris basically picked the same team I suggested two days ago (all but one, I left Nolan out and had Best up front). Great minds and all that! Sad to see people wanting Smudger back in, why? Both him and Nolan have been the problem over the previous games, they are both slow and unable to break down defences. Smith, like Butt, is old news now and is strictly for the bench. Nolan might improve, so I’ll say no more on that one.

    I also said they should score 4 goals. However, they shipped one as well….

    Don’t argue with the Cap’n!!

  • vivadavidkelly

    Feb 18, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #9

    good game last night. a very tight first half but totally dominant in the second.

    Jonas was outstanding, easily his best game in a black and white shirt. had the full back in bits.

    i have also been very critical of nolan recentely but to be fair he was very good last night. seems to play well when partnered with guthrie, same as the cardiff match. i think an unchanged side against preston, cant see any reason why it wont be. its so nice to see us playing with 2 proper wingers. makes a hige difference im sure you all agree?

  • will die for the toon army

    Feb 18, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #10

    I want smith back because for that am sure that the back four is protected.

    But the best midfield is Guthrie and Barton two box-box midfielders.

    Nolan is too much offective

  • will die for the toon army

    Feb 18, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #11

    I want smith back because for that am sure that the back four is protected.

    But the best midfield is Guthrie and Barton two box-box midfielders.

    Nolan is too much offensive

  • will die for the toon army

    Feb 18, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Cana does not know what he is talking abt biggers teams than Sunderland went down NUFC, Forest and Leeds.


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