Newcastle got another early goal at home this afternoon, and this time Peter Lovenkrands was the scorer, after just 3 minutes.
Chris Hughton – good display in second half
But Lovenkrands had to leave the game after 14 minutes, with what looked like a hamstring injury, and we have no news as to how bad the injury is.
In the second half, goals from Kevin Nolan after 55 minutes, his 12th of the campaign and another injury time goal by Ryan Taylor, provided once again by Frenchman Fabrice Pancrate, made the score look respectable.
While the win wasn’t as emphatic as the last two wins at home against Cardiff and Coventry, the lads gave a good workmanlike display, and got on top in the second half.
The game drew an impressive home crowd of over 45,000 to the Cathedral on the Hill.
And it seems manager Chris Hughton was pleased with the points, as he told the official Newcastle web site after the game:
“We had to work for the win and in the end it was fairly comfortable.” “But, certainly in the first half, we had to be strong and Preston put us under a little bit of pressure.”
“The first goal is always nice when you get it early, and we played some decent stuff before they came back into it before half-time.”
“After half-time, though, I thought we were strong and the second goal came at a very good time.”
“We have that ability to power our way to victory and, while this wasn’t as pretty as maybe the Cardiff and Coventry wins.”
“It was nonetheless very satisfying and the most important thing is three points.”
Newcastle have now won 13 of their 17 home games, and are so far unbeaten at St. James’ Park this season.
But we would like to do better away form home where we have but 6 wins in 15 games and there’s a chance next Saturday to improve that record when we take on Watford away.
A win in that game would be very nice and would extend the win streak to 3 games.
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