The 2-1 win at Watford yesterday afternoon was a fantastic win for Newcastle, and we’re sure it brightened up the day for the many thousands of Newcastle fans who are spread all over the world these days.
Chris Hughton – trying to laugh
If we can win at a place like Watford, who were playing very well at home, and we still have 6 home games to go and a potential 18 points in the bag, then surely we can get one of those automatic promotion spots.
Well, that’s how the thinking goes, but don’t tell manager Chris Hughton that, because to his credit, he is taking absolutely nothing for granted:
He told the Sunday Sun today:
“We are not thinking that way,” . “We’ve put ourselves in a very good position, but will still know we are only three defeats away from that position changing.”“That’s something we have had to cope with all season, but it’s still a very, very competitive league and I expect it to be that way until the end of the season.”
“But having said that, while we have a very good home record, we do look back at games like Preston away, Sheffield United away and here today, where we’ve managed to pick up points and play well.” “And think that we are pushing on as a team.”
When called upon this season, the lads have always met the test of character, and this was the 8th game on the road with the previous 7 having been winless.
And it was also very fitting that the lads got the win for their manager, who is celebrating two years on Tyneside, but as we’ve noted before, with everything that this man has already been through for the Newcastle cause – it seems like ten!
“We certainly feel we’ve got a good mix in the team,” “We have quality but have enough character in the side to be able to mix it away from home, and we saw that today.”“This is a difficult place to come, it was a difficult pitch and these are a good side with a lot of energy.”
“The first goal set us off on the right track, and there were long periods in the second half when we were very comfortable.”
“The only disappointment was in conceding their goal when we did.”
A clean sheet and a 2-0 win would have been very nice, but the 3 points is what we all wanted – and the lads delivered the goods for the Newcastle fans, once again, and it was the team’s 20th win in just 33 games.
That’s amazing when you think the mess the club was in last July.
Howay The Lads!!