Newcastle got the job done on Saturday afternoon, against bottom of the league club Peterborough, but it wasn’t pretty.
Chris Hughton – must have players fully ready for tonight
Newcastle played badly in the first half, and gave Peterborough an absolutely gift goal after 11 minutes, but then Kevin Nolan equalized just before half time, Chris woke up his players at half time with a mini-blast, and they were then much better in the second half, and got the win.
But it was a tougher game than expected, and Chris told the Evening Chronicle today:
“In some ways that’s why we are where we are, and why they are where they are. That sums it up.”
“Without being a goal threat they had the better of the first half.” “They were better than we were and we didn’t press the ball well enough.”
“We put them under more pressure in the second half. But with that we needed to create more chances and put the ball in the back of the net.”
“We had two good finishes.”
Chris steered clear of even wanting to know how Nottingham Forest were doing at Bristol City, since a Bristol City win and a Newcastle win would have given the Magpies automatic promotion.
But Forest drew 1-1 and the next point they drop will give Newcastle automatic promotion, even if Newcastle lose their last 6 games.
“I would have taken the results before the kick off, absolutely.” “I felt that Forest would win the game.”
“They have gone seven games without a win away from home.” “They were due a win and we saw what a good team Forest were on Monday.”
“It was always going to be about us and, I must admit, right up until after the game, I didn’t know the score from Bristol.”
The main thing the lads have to do tonight is not mess things up, as things have worked out to give Newcastle a promotion party on home turf tonight.
But Newcastle must win this game tonight, and must concentrate, to repay Newcastle fans for the miseries and tragedies they put the Newcastle faithful through last season. It was terrible, just terrible.
So Newcastle must deliver tonight, and then and only then can we all start celebrating.