Newcastle Deliver With Two Solid Home Wins

After the poor display at Swansea City last Saturday, two home wins is what the Newcastle fans wanted and it’s what they got with 7 goals being scored and only one being conceded.

Peter Lovenkrands – goal after just 3 minutes

Manager Chris Hughton must have been pleased with the two home performances in the last 5 days, as he reflected:

“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.”

Chris is so right, the most important thing now is to get those 3 points, with Newcastle having just 14 games to go, which are split evenly between home and away.

Next up is an away game at Watford next Saturday, and we are still waiting to hear how bad the injuries are to two of our current key players Routledge and Lovenkrands.

Let’s hope they are not too bad.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • murvar

    Feb 21, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Yes we did OK but it was a strange game. For long periods it was as though we were the away side, playing on the break. Best and Carroll need to work hard on playing together and if Lovenkrands is to be Carroll’s preferred partner, we need someone on the bench who is more in his mould – shame we didn’t get a Beckford type rather than another Carroll/Ameobi type. Best seems to be getting some stick – but I think there are signs there that he is a strong and intelligent footballer who is as good in the air as Carroll. He just needs that first goal that all strikers need to get them firing on all cylinders.

  • geordie_india

    Feb 21, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Hai Ed n all the geordie’s up there,me frm India..regular reader n a geordie:-)

  • dutchy

    Feb 21, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m worried that Ranger won’t be getting any games next year if we keep CH as manager. When Shola comes back it’ll be Ranger out of the squad and Best n Shola on the bench. That’s if all of them are fit ofc. If we don’t sell shola, which i think we should, we should send Ranger out on loan somewhere so he gets to play and improves himself.
    Anyway, hope Bristol City beat WBA later 🙂 give us some space again.

  • Toonpiper

    Feb 21, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #4

    A very strange game. We were woeful for long periods. Better teams would have hammered us. Best and Carroll didn’t link up at all well. In the last 2 games Danny Simpson has found acres of space on the right, but the ball is always played to the left, or hoofed up to Carroll for him to nod down into an area devoid of Newcastle players.

  • chestnut

    Feb 21, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #5

    5 more wins vs watford, barnsley, scunthorpe, bristol & doncaster; plus 2 draws vs mboro & forest. 83 points total should get us back to prem.


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