Newcastle United were worthy 2-1 winners over the Blades tonight at St. James’ Park, in front of a partying crowd, which exceeded 48.000.
Chris Hughton – tremendous achievement by this man
After the game tonight a delighted Magpies manager Chris Hughton said:
“The group of lads here have a real desire to get back into a division that everyone in the city believes we should be in.”
“Now we’re in a position we wanted to be in and we want to stay on top of this division.” “Our supporters have been absolutely outstanding all season.”
“It’s important we get the title, we’ve earned the right to get there and we’ve been the draw for everyone this season, but we’ve handled it well, and it’s great we can celebrate.”
“Promotion is an incredible feeling, especially to do it here. We said we take it anywhere, but to do it here is great” “We’ve got a great group of lads, wonderful staff, Colin Calderwood has been brilliant all season.”
“But we’ve got games to play and that’s what we’re concentrating on.”
In fact there are 5 remaining games to play and 7 points from those games will see Newcastle go up as Champions, although we’re now just 11 points off 100 points, and that would be a nice total to reach.
And it’s also a measure of the man and his terrific work ethic, that Chris will want to win every single remaining game left this season, and the lads are on a 4 game winning streak at just the right time, so that could be 9 before the season is through.
Midfielder Kevin Nolan, who scored a simply tremendous winning goal tonight said after the game:
“It’s unbelievable to win the game after going 1-0 down, that felt like an anticlimax, but we got through.”
“We’ve gone through a tough 10 months but we’ve got games left and we want to go on and win the title.”
“We’re going to enjoy this but we want to go unbeaten through the whole season at home and we want the title.”
Local goalkeeper Steve Harper, who’s been at the club since 1993, also said the players needed to put things right this season after the disasters of last season’s relegation on May 24th. when the world seemed to stop.
“We owed it to ourselves to get promoted, there was a lot of pressure on everyone at this football club to get out this season, but if you win it with six games left, that’s a massive achievement.”
“We’ve had a belief, were a very resolute side and you can see that in the results.” “It’s a tough place for the opposition to come, but we’ve got three tough away games and we want to finish it off.”
The achievements of this season cannot be under-estimated, but we’ll see articles shortly saying it was obvious Newcastle would go straight back up – right!
The lads have done tremendously well, and they can be proud of themselves, but nobody gets a bigger accolade than rookie manager Chris Hughton, this quiet gentleman who has done almost everything right this season.
He is a credit to the Newcastle United club and its great history.
Howay The Lads!!