Promotion Is Aim But Adkins Admits Newcastle Excellent

You can never accuse Chris Hughton of getting carried away with things, after a win or a defeat, as Newcastle manager.

Chris Hughton – promotion is still the aim

And after an overwhelming 3-0 victory at St. James’ Park over Scunthorpe United, Chris stated only the obvious after the game – that the aim this season of the Newcastle club is to get promoted back to the PL – however the Tyneside club can achieve that.

Chris told Sky Sports after the game:

“The aim of this football club is to get back into the Premier League.”

“However we manage to do that, whether it’s automatically or through the play-offs.”

“That was always the aim and objective and nothing’s changed from that.”

Scunthorpe manager Nigel Adkins however was more forthcoming after the game, and he was more willing to praise the play of the Newcastle side tonight, even if Chris Hughton wasn’t.

Nigel Adkins – Scunthorpe manager

Nigel told Sky Sports after tonight’s game:

“I think we knew it would be a challenging evening, but we’ve come here, to the big arena, and I felt they were excellent, Newcastle,”

“We gave the ball away after 30 seconds and that probably set the tone. We knew we couldn’t give cheap set plays away.”

“Carroll’s gone and got a free header. It doesn’t matter how much you want to talk about it, you’ve got to defend it.”

“A midfielder’s gone through, you’re 2-0 down and you’re thinking you’re going to be on the end of a heavy hiding.”

“They are a top team. They are going to win the league and they work very, very hard.”

Those are sporting words from the Scunthorpe manager, and the plain fact is that 5 more wins by Newcastle should be enough to clinch an automatic promotion spot, and that assumes Nottingham Forest can win all nine of their remaining league games.

The other assumption is that Forest cannot overcome the 23 goals in goal difference between the two clubs – Newcastle’s goal difference is +43 and Forest is +20.

If they can then Newcastle will need 5 wins and a draw from their last 10 league games, and even that seems possible.

But we have the distinct feeling that Hughton will demand 10 wins from those last 10 league games, if only to make up for the disasters of last season.

Howay The Lads!!

6 comments so far

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 18, 2010 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Always seems like a proper bloke the scunny manager, whenever i see him he always give a proper assessment and not spurt crap like they outplayed us like most managers have done this year.

    And Forest are off the pace now, davies us blaming the board but the fact is they were overacheiving and like Reading and Cardiff in the last few seasons they couldnt keep up with the pace.

    Its a race on for the top spot now and seeing as we are irresistable at home and WBA are scraping through on dodgy penalty decisions, i think we should wrap up promotion and the title pretty soon.

  • NO.9

    Mar 18, 2010 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Does anybody know when haris vuckic will be back?would like to see him getting some playing time ths season……

  • Trent Toon

    Mar 18, 2010 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #3

    I want 10 wins too. I want silverware of somekind!!

  • shear-class

    Mar 18, 2010 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #4

    I would like silverware too but at this moment would just take automatic promotion back to premier league

  • Bucks mag

    Mar 18, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Now we’re in the position we’re in, I would really like to see us win it. It’s true it’s all about automatic promotion, but personally I’d be disappointed if we didn’t win it.

  • Tommy_PA

    Mar 18, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #6

    …would this silverware rate higher than the last?

    Newcastle win Intertoto
    16 December 2006

    Newcastle United logo NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Dec 16 (Sw) – Newcastle United have been declared the winners of this year’s Intertoto cup after the other two contenders crashed out of the UEFA cup.

    The Intertoto cup features three final matches, of which the winners qualify for the UEFA Cup. The overall winner is decided when all but one team are flung from the tournament.

    It is the Magpies’ first prize in 37 years, the last one being the 1969 Fair’s Cup. The trophy will probably be awarded before Newcastle’s next UEFA cup tie, against Zulte-Waregem in February.

    “We will be very happy to receive it,” manager Glenn Roeder told the BBC. “It would be disrespectful to consider it a lesser tournament, as some managers do.”


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