The only difficulty Newcastle seemed to have on Saturday afternoon at Watford was during the final few minutes of the game, after Newcastle had conceded a late goal.
Alan Smith – epitomizes Newcastle spirit
And of course that caused a mini stand-off between captain Alan Smith and center-back Mike Williamson, who had earlier headed a ball down right to one of the Watford players.
But in a few minutes it was all smiles again with the Newcastle players, after they put in a very good shift to take 3 points away from home for the first time in eight attempts.
Coloccini was again majestic at the back for Newcastle and even got his second goal of the season. He’s been simply magnificent for Newcastle this season.
And Mike Williamson did a good job of emulating the Argentine – as Mike again had a very solid game – and what a terrific buy this boy seems to be for Newcastle United.
Manager Chris Hughton, who must have been delighted with the win that took Newcastle 8 points clear of 3rd placed Nottingham Forest, seemed unconcerned by the fracas near the end, and he thinks it shows just how much the Newcastle players want promotion this season.
“It shows you’ve got a good group of lads that have a real desire not to concede goals,” “It (conceding) allowed Watford back into a game which at that stage was very comfortable for us.”
“I think that shows a real desire from the lads to win matches.”
“If you go into the changing room a minute after everybody’s hugging each other. That’s the type of team spirit you want.” “The reason was we were disappointed to concede.”
“We have a good group of lads that get on very well together and it’s part of the reason we’ve been able to do very well this season.”
“As manager you just try to create an environment where there’s a group of lads that want to work for each other. There’s also competition for places and with that comes that desire.”
There’s only one place where these players want to be playing next season (the Premier League) and I think that showed.”
It turns out that the lads put in a professional performance on a terribly bumpy and hard pitch, but they delivered – and not for the first time this season.
In the heat of battle things happen, and it was only last Friday that Alan was singing the praises of Mike, who has been so very good since he arrived on Tyneside in January.
Four or five new players in the summer, and we can even have a more than decent squad that can hold their own in the Premier League, and at least we can now outfight almost any team.
But first of all we still need to get promoted, and the next step in that process is Barnsley at home next Saturday afternoon. Let’s take one game at a time.
The lads have made us proud again this season, and they now just have to keep it up for another 13 games and we’ll be there.
Howay The Lads!!