Manager Chris Hughton was satisfied with this afternoon’s 4-1 win against Blackpool, which he thought was a very good performance.
Chris Hughton – very good performance this afternoon
With the way Chris Hughton, the perfectionist thinks, and key players like Kevin Nolan, there is just no way Newcastle will take their foot off the accelerator this season, until it is all over after the game on May 2nd at QPR.
Newcastle are full of confidence right now, after gaining promotion last Monday evening, and it seemed the party continued this afternoon in front of over 47,000 homes town fans today, for the Tyneside side’s 5th win on the trot.
Blackpool had won their last 4 games before today, but the Magpies were just too strong for the Tangerines this afternoon.
And we had four different goal-scorers in Jonas Gutierrez (4th) – yes he put the Spiderman mask – Andy Carroll (17th), Kevin Nolan (16th) and Wayne Routledge (2nd).
And after the game this afternoon, manager Hughton talked about the performance:
“I never felt for one moment that the players might relax.” “The target they have set and we have set them is to win this division.”
“And more so the fact we have been on top of this division for most of the season and it would be a real disappointment if we weren’t able to go on and win it.”
“It was a very good performance today. We didn’t start the game so well and they showed in their possession why they are in good form at the moment.”
“But certainly the first goal opened up the game and, in the end, we were quite comfortable winners.”
“It was a shame they got one late on but overall I was very happy with the attitude and application of the lads.”
“They also played some very good stuff at times and on another day we could have had a few more.
We knew Chris would mention that late goal because it takes the shine off the result, just a little bit.
Chris also talked immediately to Sky Sports after the game, and realized that 3 points on Tuesday night against Reading away, could give the league to Newcastle, with still 3 games to play.
That would make the league win only on goal difference, but with Newcastle’s goal difference (+51) now so much better than WBA’s (+39), it’s difficult to see how WBA could make 13 goals up in just 3 games.
“The best time to do anything is the first opportunity,””Yes, we are aware that a win on Tuesday night makes it almost there, but what I would like to see is this group of lads go right through to the end of the season and irrespective of what happens on Tuesday.”
” I am quite sure I won’t see a group of lads looking to tail off towards the end of the season.”
“I am mindful that we are doing it in a lesser division than we will be doing it in next season, when we will be up against, no disrespect to Blackpool, teams of really high quality with quality players, proven Premier League players, and it is a different level,”
“What we have done is we have enjoyed this season so far and we have been the best team this season so far.” “But of course next season, there are different obstacles.”
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway was obviously disappointed to lose by such a big margin at St. James’ Park today, and talked after the game:
“We caught a very good team in a very good moment,”
“I didn’t recognize us as the team we have looked all season and unfortunately, we were well beaten.”
It will be a good test for the Newcastle team on Tuesday evening at Reading, and this looks like the most difficult of the four league games remaining this season.
We will look for the 6th successive win on Tuesday evening, and if we do win we can safely say the Championship is ours too.