Hughton Already Concentrating On Game At Peterborough

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.

Hughton continued:

“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.

Comments very welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 29, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed mate, you well need to write fewer articles. Brilliant site, content and commitment; but you need to keep a hold of your threads. So many conversations get cut short on here due to your quick story upload frequency. Just write longer stories mate. Publish new ones if the current is lagging, don’t halt the runs bubba. Cheers anyway…..:)

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 29, 2010 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #2

    2nd, courtesy of cooldj:)

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 29, 2010 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #3

    ….sh1t, 🙂 I meant

  • piman

    Mar 30, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #4

    I heard that Barton was let out of his cage tonight, how did he look? Anyone!

  • Warwick Hunt

    Mar 30, 2010 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Chrissie ‘Boy’ Houghton cannot be praised enough for what he has done to our beloved NUFC. To turn around the ramshackle, mercenary, money grabbing team that I watched last season, to the team I watched tonight is incomparable. Tonight’s TEAM would have torn last seasons team to shreds. He has to be praised in the highest order.
    To think that he has just started his managerial career, and stuck by us in the darkness? His tactics, substitutions, rotation, injury return and squad selection has been questioned by many in the last year. But surely only a very few can question his ability now, he is the manager for us. The improvements the team has made this season is testament to Chris Houghton and his staff .
    I, for one, will always welcome him into my home for a drink and a meal.

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 30, 2010 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #6

    ahhh, Warwick man, good speech, but what’s with the extra ‘O’s man?! Hey man how man hoo man.

    …and mine’s a poached lizard fruit salad.

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 30, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m already concentrating on my hair at Peterborough, because I’m worth it (hey man hoo man where’s mi korlaz man).


    Mar 30, 2010 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Piman – Barton only came on in injury time so nothing to report. I reckon he’ll get a few starts from now on in and if he does he needs to play well or I think he’ll be sold in the summer.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Mar 30, 2010 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #9

    They are not extra ‘Os’ they are extra ‘ZEROS’ and thats what makes us a better TEAM this season. Defend well, then attack well.

  • DJG

    Mar 30, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #10

    ”We would at the very least expect 28 year-old Shola Ameobi to be moved on during the summer months.”

    Time to end the smear campaign against Ameobi Ed????????

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 30, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Barton needs to stay. He/we have fkall to lose. I rate him, but he’s now treading in the shadows of Nolan on the goal-scoring midfield combatant front. Quality team player to have on your books anyway; and I only say that because I’m a psychotic lunatic and eat baby rabbit livers.

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 30, 2010 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #12

    …I was on about the ‘O’s in yer ‘HughtOns’, but maybe you’re higher up the crypto-vowelo-scale than me, in which case I’m a lamb veneer. And don’t spare the Marmite.


    Mar 30, 2010 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #13

    I’d have Ameobi in the squad next season, not starting in the team though. He will be happy to just be in the squad and won’t be bad for team spirit. He’s also scored golas in the Prem before and is experienced.
    Barton – I want him to stay and prove hmself. Next season I could see him and Guthrie playing together with Nolan playing off the striker, especially for away games against the top teams. Not sure about the future of Smith as a starter for next season? Depends if Barton and Guthrie can make it work.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Mar 30, 2010 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #14

    Ya right, my apologises, it’s the Irishman in me!

  • NewcastleMole

    Mar 30, 2010 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #15

    “Shola then capped off an excellent display”

    Excellent. ?

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 30, 2010 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Och aye the nooooo Warwick, ye bonny wee laddie. 4 leafed clover anarl that. Bonjour.

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 30, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #17

    ….good while it lasted though NewcastleMole, eh. Divnt steal wor Sherla’s limelight man. A goal’s a goal, and that was a fkn cracker. Pinpoint. Good lad.

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 30, 2010 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #18

    My name is Mike Yarwood, and this is me……

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 30, 2010 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #19


  • DJG

    Mar 30, 2010 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #20

    Funny how West Brom are suddenly interested in the gap between 2nd and 3rd. They must now be thinking their chance of the title is up!

  • Toon_Ice

    Mar 30, 2010 at 4:55 AM

    Comment #21
    the goals from last night, well taken goal from Enrique who has been great this season…..

  • ende

    Mar 30, 2010 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #22

    Sell Shola. We’ve seen how subpar he is at the premiership level already, let’s not let his success in a lower league fool us. This is the perfect -and only- time to offload him and actually get a return.

  • nimo

    Mar 30, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #23

    game at peterborough woudnt mind this as line up

    giving our core a rest against a team we should beat with a strong team and good subs

  • boater

    Mar 30, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #24

    ende!?!?!? WTF? – poor shola, you really can’t do anything once the lynchmob have you marked eh. He comes on in a tight championship game and produces 2 critical moments of genuine premiership quality – as countless papers have said – wins the game for the side- and urchins with half a brain comment – good time to sell, not genuine class.

    Here;s the good news, hughton has remarked shola is his best striker – which he is – so he’s going nowhere. The most complete striker at the club, and no one else could have scored that goal last night, probably only 10-15 or so players in the premier league have that technical ability. To turn under pressure and hit with that power and accuracy in a high stakes match.

    It’s sad that you can’t see it, your so deeply caught up in old bias.

  • MrT76

    Mar 30, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #25

    While Shola did have a good game last night and I do like the lad, I agree that he should be moved on in the summer on the grounds that he is another walking Dyer, Owen, Duff, Viduka et al. We can’t afford to be carrying players like this anymore.


    Mar 31, 2010 at 3:56 AM

    Comment #26

    You might be a walking sicknote mrt76 if you had a few of them big defenders trying to kick lumps out of you lol.


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