Newcastle got off to a tremendous start this season during August, when apart from the first game at WBA, we won every one of the remaining five games in August.
Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood – tremendous season
Hughton was asked when he thought Newcastle could actually get promoted, after the lads had made such a great start to the season.
And Chris said it was the trip to Bramall Lane. Sheffield, where Newcastle won 1-0 with an own goal from Chris Morgan and a magnificent goalkeeping display from veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper.
That was the Monday night following the 2-1 Doncaster Rovers home win, when Nolan scored the winner 2 minutes into injury time.
And remember that was following the successive defeats at Nottingham Forest and Scunthorpe, and it was the second win in what would become a 7 game winning streak.
Chris said this morning:
“The Sheffield United game away from home was a real big game because it showed we could go somewhere very tough and get a result,”
“The team showed everything that day, a real resilience not to get beaten. I knew we had a good squad on paper and was generally happy with it. What we were up against were seasoned Championship teams used to the rigors of this division.”
“We started well in the first game of the season (at WestBromwich Albion), which was probably one of the pinnacle games where everybody was looking at us to see how we were going to do.”
“I wouldn’t say most people were surprised by the endeavour shown that day, but I think they saw this was a team prepared to have a real good go and one that could churn it out week in, week out.”
And that’s exactly what the lads have done this season, which is almost completely opposite to some of our performances last season, when we were outfought and subsequently beaten by teams without the skill or class we had.
Hopefully next season that will never happen, once we return to England’s top league.