Newcastle well and truly got the job done last night against Scunthorpe, with the only disappointment being why it was only 3 goals, given all the chances the lads created, especially in the first half.
Peter Lovenkrands – scored yet again last night
Of course we all know what happened the last time we met Scunthorpe last October, in what was one of Newcastle’s most embarrassing defeats for many a season, when the lads went down 2-1 at Glanford Park.
After a game like that, it must have been very difficult being the Newcastle manager, but Chris Hughton has handled both wins and defeats at Newcastle very well this season – and he’s a steadying influence on the players.
In fact since that defeat at Glanford Park Newcastle have just one defeat at Derby County in the ensuing 23 league games, during which the lads have won an impressive 15 of those games.
That’s 52 points in those 23 games, and that’s promotion form from the Magpies.
Hughton talked about the game last night:
“With the amount of chances we had we dominated possession,”
“Kevin Nolan’s goal was for some reason disallowed – we couldn’t see why that was.”
“But when you have that number of chances it’s important that you make the most of them.”
And Newcastle’s in-form strikers, Carroll and Lovenkrands both got on the scoring sheet yet again, and these lads are doing great this year.
Chris continued and talked about the competition between his scorers:
“It’s a healthy battle,” “The obvious one for me is it doesn’t matter who scores but I know it matters to them.”
“If you’re someone whose scoring goals it’s important that you keep getting them and I’m delighted with them both.”
“It was a great occasion for Scunthorpe United’s fans who probably will never see this as a league fixture again in their lifetime. It was fantastic for us.”
Certainly after the game the Scunthorpe manager Nigel Adkins was very complimentary about Newcastle’s performance last night, and only hoped that his young players could learn what they have to do to be top players.
Scunthorpe are 3rd bottom of the league after gaining promotion from League One last season, but they still have a good fighting chance of staying up, with the two clubs above them within one point of the Irons.
We hope they manage to stay up.