It was a good display by Newcastle United last night and a great result.
Wayne Routledge – good display and great goal
And the way to victory was through the wide men, with both Gutierrez and new-boy Routledge having good games on the flanks.
And Chris Hughton was very pleased with the display, which put Newcastle 3 points clear at the top of the Championship.
“I think what we have is him and Jonas in wide areas who are able to express themselves,” “It’s certainly a good period at St James’ Park at the moment.”
“The team that we’ve played here has been a little bit more offensive with Danny and Kevin in the middle of the park and you hope you can capitalise on that.”
“It was a smashing goal. What Wayne has is old-fashioned wing play and you look to him to provide crosses into the box.”
“They like old fashioned wingers at St James’ Park and that’s what he is. We’ve got him at a good age. He has been in and out of big clubs but we hope we’ve got him at a good time and we can develop his game further.”
Wayne has done well since he arrived on Tyneside, and he’s an emotional player.
We say that because he can be lifted by Newcastle terrific crowd, and he’s already had some good games at home.
Last night, not only was he a provider (he was brought down for the penalty, after a great run, and Lovenkrands converted nicely), but he also knocked in the best goal of the game on 37 minutes with a wonderful shot from 20 yards that he rifled in.
That came just two minutes after Coventry had taken the lead, and it set Newcastle up well.
Newcastle were the much better side in the second half, and further goals from Carroll (his 10th), Lovenkrands (his 9th) and Ryan Taylor (his 3rd) right at the end, set the scene for our next game at home against Preston on Saturday.
We cannot get carried a way, and the lads have to get ready for that game, where another 3 points will be important.
After Saturday the team has a rare week off before they visit Watford, where the spotlight will again be on the side’s away form, which has hardly been good enough of late.
But next up are Preston and another 3 points would be just what the doctor ordered.
Howay The Lads!!
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