Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was quite pleased with the performance of his team this afternoon, but wasn’t pleased to give away a sloppy goal just before the end of the game.
Chris Hughton – pleased with 3 points
Andy Carroll had another good game and set up Fabricio Coloccini for an early goal and the Argentine’s second ever goal for the Tyneside club.
Then just after half time Andy out-jumped the Watford defense to head home for his 11th goal of the season.
When Will Hoskins scored early in injury time former Watford star Williamson and captain Alan Smith had strong words as the Newcastle’s defense attempt at the offside trap failed miserably.
Hughton was interviewed on Sky Sports after the game:
“It’s a tough place to come.” “They are side that have got a lot of energy, they played very well at St James’ Park earlier in the season.”
“The first goal obviously set us off and we had a period in the second half where we were very comfortable and probably the only disappointing note of the afternoon was conceding the goal when we did.”
Watford had been in good form at least at home, and this was only their second defeat in the last nine games at home.
Malky Mackay felt his side deserved better on the day, and we wonder which game he was watching:
“When you look at the balance of play I think that we deserved something out of the game.””We were playing the top team in the league and I think we coped well with the fact they decided to go long today.”
“We won a lot of ball back off that and I thought we kept possession well and dominated play at times.”
“When you’re looking out there at the pitch, at times it looks awful and we didn’t just resort to getting it and kicking it.”
“I think there were areas of the pitch where we exposed them and we managed to get into forward areas, still in good possession of the ball after four, five, six passes and that gave us good position.”
“I think it was our final ball that let us down today because we certainly got into the forward areas well.”
Newcastle deserved all 3 points today, and it was only conceding in injury time that was poor, and subjected Newcastle fans to some tense moments in the last 4 minutes of the game.
It’s strange how managers see the game differently from what really happened isn’t it? Those words from Mackay have to be for those Watford fans who didn’t see the game.
But Newcastle are now in a reasonable position in the Championship, being 8 points clear of Nottingham Forest in 3rd place, a game in hand and a much superior goal difference.
Maybe that’s why we feel pretty good right now – but nothing has been won yet.