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!!