Second Half Performance Was Key – Hughton

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.

Comments always welcome.

8 comments so far

  • baro

    Feb 20, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #1

    We should put pancrate and Ryan Taylor in every game at that time. 2 times gone hopefully a lot to go!

  • baro

    Feb 20, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #2

    So when S. Taylor comes back, where will Mike Williamson go?

  • baro

    Feb 20, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #3
  • awesome_fumaca

    Feb 20, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Darren Ferguson after the match today;

    “They’ll have a good chance of winning promotion if they get referees like today. You have to have strong referees, especially against Newcastle, and he wasn’t strong enough. ”

    Blah blah blah. Like father like son eh!

    Can he not just admit that they were tripe today? We didn’t play well but they were awful.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Feb 20, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #5


    Blah blah blah. Like father, like son eh ?

    Couldn’t agree more

  • NewcastleMole

    Feb 21, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Couldnt agree more with the 2 previous posts.

    Fergie may be the most successful manager. But he lacks the sportsmanship or professionalism of a true gent.

  • Doha Mag

    Feb 21, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Our away performances are awefull to say the least so there’s plenty room for improvement.

    Was hoping Boro could have held Forest yesterday, but maybe Bristol can do us a favor and get a result against WBA today……

  • stuart no9

    Feb 21, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #8

    talking about our away performances, i really cant see it improving for the remaining 7 ( i think) games. we can see the finish line now, and i dont thinkCH really knows how to deal with it.the bloke has done really well,but lets face it,his tactics away from homehave been very cautious to say the least,he has no confidence away from SJP ,is he going to change that now for the last few games? i doubt it,it is clear to me he is relying totally on our home form to get us up,which is ok,if you are guaranteed to win all of them. we need to be a bit braver away from home to make up for any little hiccups that may occur at SJP this is going to go to the wire ,but if our away form dosnt improve we might just see ourself going up via playoff


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