When you consider all the news yesterday related to the reported altercation between Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor, the fact that Newcastle could go out and get an excellent 1-0 away win, is testament to the spirit in the Magpies side this season.
Andy Carroll – great goal last night
And this was Doncaster’s first defeat in 7 games so they were a team in form, but Newcastle now have done the double over the Doncaster Rovers side, after beating them 2-1 at St. James’ Park in October with a goal 3 minutes into injury time, from Kevin Nolan.
Doncaster played very well last night, and only two good saves by Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper kept the clean sheet, which is Newcastle 19th in the league this season – a club record.
And of course only Andy Carroll could have been the match-winner, with an excellent individual goal on 59 minutes, his 16th goal of the season.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton – has done wonders this season
But of all the people that should be complimented for showing such professionalism in the midst of a possible crisis at the Newcastle club yesterday, the one at the top of the list is manager Chris Hughton.
This man goes unheralded on Tyneside, maybe because many Newcastle fans still think he’s got the job the great Newcastle legend, Alan Shearer, should be in.
But Chris has considerable sway over his players, and after the unseemly incident on Sunday morning, he got the players together, and again with the help of the mature lads in the squad like Harper, Nolan, Smith, Butt and others, managed to keep the side together, and keep them concentrating on what they are paid to do – play football.
And what do the lads go out and do when everything is looking like it could just fall apart so late in the season – they go out and get a great away win.
At some point, if Newcastle continue in this winning vein, manager Chris Hughton will start to get some credit for doing what is literally a magnificent job for the Newcastle United club this very tough season.
It’s hard to imagine how he could have done much better.
Praise be to Chris Hughton.