Chris Hughton was interviewed by the press after the game last night, but never mentioned the altercation regarding Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor.
Andy Carroll – with players after scoring last night
Chris was too delighted with the terrific win on the road for Newcastle United against a good Doncaster Rovers side.
The opening 45 minutes was end to end stuff stuff and both sides had chances to score, but it was top scorer Andy Carroll who again grabbed the winner with just over 30 minutes to play in the game.
And that turned out to be Andy’s 5th successive away game in which he has scored a goal – not too bad at all – and he now has 16 goals on the season.
The other good news last night was that the defense, with 20 year-old Tamas Kadar at center-back and Ryan Taylor at left back, not only played very well, but got the clean sheet.
That was the 19th clean sheet in the league this season and that beats the club record set back in 1993 by Kevin Keegan’s side.
Newcastle are now on 80 points, 10 points clear of 3rd place Nottingham Forest who beat Crystal Palace at home 2-0 last night, with a game in hand.
And WBA are in action tonight against Coventry City at the Hawthorns, and the Midlands side is 5 points behind the Magpies.
Of course Newcastle’s next game on Monday night at St. James’ Park is against Forest, and a win there would take Newcastle so very close to being more certain of an automatic promotion spot.
Games are now running out for Nottingham Forest to catch the Magpies and Forest have just 7 games left, and for them it is a must win game next Monday.
Immediately after the game last night a delighted manager Chris Hughton spoke to Newcastle United TV:
“It’s a very, very big win for us,” “Any win away from home is always huge, but at this stage of the season it’s massive.”
“It was a very difficult match and that was what we expected. They tried to play football and on the balance of play it was an even match.”
“I thought we had the better chances but we still had to grind out the result and it was a real team performance.”
“I’m delighted with the application and I thought it was a terrific win.”
You cannot make this stuff up.
Andy Carroll was making news for all the wrong reasons yesterday, but he once again got the vital goal that got Newcastle all 3 points in a crucial away game.
We doubt if Newcastle will say anything in public for a while about the confrontation Andy had with Steven Taylor on Sunday morning, and the club may try keep it under wraps – if they can.
But disciplinary action will be necessary once all the facts have been assembled, because we cannot have players going around breaking other player’s jaws in training.
It was a terrific win for Newcastle last night.