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.
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