Hughton Pleased With Point After Losing Central Defenders

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was pleased after the game this afternoon, after seeing his team come back from 2-1 down, away from home.

Coloccini – left the field after 50 minutes

That was also after after losing Williamson before the game, and Coloccini after 50 minutes during the game today.

The Newcastle boss Hughton talked about the game:

“The fact we were away from home having gone 2-1 down and with the defensive problems we had, we were delighted to come back to 2-2.”

“The game went different ways – they had a very good period in the first half and then another good period in that second half.”

“But we finished very strong and probably wouldn’t have deserved to win, but we might have just nicked it at the end.”

“It was a really gritty performance and I’m happy to take what was a deserved point.”

“They are a good side, Middlesbrough. We caught a team who are very much on the ascendancy.”

“They are far more settled than they have been. The manager has brought in some very good players and they had very good periods in the game.”

“We did well to cope with the amount of set-plays, good quality balls in, particularly from the lad Robson. We did well to cope with that.”

“But we also had good periods ourselves. We started very well and finished the game very well as well.”

Williamson had broken his hand while training at home and the former Portsmouth player will be out for three to four weeks, which is a significant blow to the Magpies.

But we have to hope that Argentine Coloccini was taken off only as a precaution this afternoon, and initial reports are that he’ll be OK for Wednesday night against Scunthorpe United. We certainly hope so.

We need 3 points on Wednesday and presumably Hall and Coloccini will again be in central defense for that game.

It was a good hard fought point Newcastle got this afternoon, especially after Middlesbrough were dominant in that second half.

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