Chris Hughton was happy with 3 points tonight against Nottingham Forest.
Chris Hughton – we must now prepare for Peterborough on Saturday
But, as we’ve come to expect from Chris this season, he is now only concentrating on 3 points at London Road on Saturday against bottom-placed Peterborough.
Hughton was interviewed shortly after the Newcastle 2-0 win tonight:
“It’s that close. We are where we are and we thoroughly deserve to be where we are and if it happens on Saturday, then no one will be more delighted than me.”
“But the most important thing is we have to win first.”
And apparently the squad will not be taking any celebratory champagne with them to Peterborough, where a win on Saturday and a Nottingham Forest defeat at Bristol City, would see Newcastle automatically promoted.
Tonight’s terrific win against a young but enterprising Forest side, extended Newcastle’s lead over second placed West Brom to a full four points with a game in hand, and they now need just five points from their remaining 7 games, to ensure they get promoted this season.
“Because of the timing – we are so close to the end of the season – and it’s against a side who have pushed us for a large chunk of this season, it’s a big win for us.”
“The nature of our business is you have to enjoy the wins and it will be a nice day tomorrow at the training ground.” “I’m quite sure everybody will have a spring in their step. But we very quickly have to bring them back down to earth.”
“It’s an away game on Saturday which we have to make sure we prepare correctly for.” “If we are able to take a spare chunk of what we had tonight into that game then we have got a good chance of coming away with a victory.”
It’s this pragmatism that Newcastle fans have got used to this season, but this man has the lads ready for every single game, and they’ll be ready for Peterborough on Saturday too.
Newcastle started well tonight against a determined Nottingham side, but they had to wait until the 71st minute before substitute Shola Ameobi scored a great individual goal, his 9th of the season.
Shola then capped off an excellent display by setting up Jose Enrique for his first ever goal at the Tyneside club. It came in the first minute of added time, and the left-back hit the ball home beautifully with his right foot.
Enrique was then completely mobbed by his team-mates, as the lads knew the game was then won and promotion was so close.
Tonight was a memorable win for Newcastle, but it didn’t come easily, as the young Nottingham Forest side put up some stiff resistance, but the lads once again got the job done, when it really mattered.
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