Chris Hughton refused to talk about Andy Carroll’s altercation today, but he has talked about the game last night and praised Carroll for a terrific winning goal.
Andy Carroll – terrific goal last night
Chris talked this morning about the game last night:
“It was another hard-fought win and we knew it would be.” “They play a brand of football which is attractive and they have got better and better in this league.”
“We knew they would cause us problems, but we defended well and when you do that you always know, with the quality we’ve got, that we’ve got a chance of going up the other end and getting a goal.”
“We are looking forward to the time when the games run out for the clubs chasing us, but we are not there yet.”
“We know we are never going to get an easy game in this league and I’m every one of the ones we have left will be tough.”
The defense played very well and credit to both Tamas Kadar and Ryan Taylor for coming in and getting the job done for Newcastle last night.
And Chris was very quick to praise Carroll for the way he took his chance last night, because when the 21 year-old got the ball, having been put through by the impressive Wayne Routledge, he still had a lot to do.
“It was a really good goal. We capitalized on a mistake, but Andy still had a lot of work to do. He showed good pace and good composure.”
“He has scored a lot of important goals for us along with Peter Lovenkrands and he is still very much developing as a player.”
“He did very well for us tonight. I’m not prepared to make any comment more than that.”
The next game up should be a corker with 3rd placed Nottingham Forest visiting St. James’ Park next Monday night.
We are told that Peter Lovenkrands, Alan Smith and even Mike Williamson will be available for that game.
We’ll have to wait and see about Williamson, but Kadar looked so solid last night that Chris may keep him in th side alongside Coloccini.
But that will also depend on how Williamson does in training, becasue he is a lot more experienced than the young Hungarian.