There’s no doubt that Newcastle United have put in some strong guts and glory performances this season.
Chris Hughton – has created great spirit in Newcastle side
And we saw another one on Saturday afternoon, this time away at the Riverside Stadium.
When a side goes down 2-1 away from home, with just 16 minutes left to play, some sides would just collapse, and certainly that’s what happened far too often last season, with our gutless wonders.
But not this season, and Newcastle manager Chris Hughton talked about Newcastle’s new found guts and spirit of this season:
“It’s games like this and the Swansea match that explain why we are top of the league, not matches like the ones against Cardiff and Barnsley,”
“We’re never out of a game because we have a real desire to win football matches and pick up points.”
“We also have good quality in the team, and as long as you have that, you’ll always have a chance. Someone like Andy Carroll can score different types of goals.”
“And as long as we stay in a game, we know we have enough players who can score out of pretty much nothing.”
And as we mentioned immediately after the game on Saturday, this is not the first time this season that Andy Carroll has scored a late goal to save his side.
Carroll now has 12 goals for the season, and 8 of those goals have come in his last 11 appearances for the Tyneside club.
And let’s not forget goalkeeper Steve Harper, who is as safe as houses, and he made more than once crucial save during Saturday’s game, which seems par for the course for Harper this season.
Chris talked about Steve today:
“Steve’s been outstanding this season,”
“What probably sums up the quality of his goalkeeping is the games where he hasn’t had much to do, but he’s still come up with a crucial save.”
At the end of the day it was a hard and well earned point for Newcastle, but we must get back to our winning ways against Scunthorpe United on Wednesday night at St. James’ Park.