After another excellent performance from his team yesterday, where the score could have a been a lot higher than 4-1, if only Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands had a little more luck, Newcastle manager Hughton has said the season is by no way over for his team.
Newcastle gaffer Chris Hughton – still a lot to achieve
The Newcastle boss Hughton talked to the People today:
“We still have a lot of targets we want to achieve this season, and we know if we win at Reading on Tuesday night the title is almost ours.”
“I never felt that we would take our foot off the pedal after clinching promotion on Monday night, but we did not start today’s game so well.”
“Our first goal from Jonas Gutierrez opened up the game and in the end it turned out to be a very good performance.”
Basically if the lads can beat Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday the title is theirs, because of their far superior goal difference over West Brom, who were promoted yesterday.
This is Newcastle’s game in hand over West Brom and Nottingham Forest and could put Newcastle 9 points ahead of WBA with just 3 games to play.
The game was postponed earlier this year due to the terrible snowy weather in England.
And because of the superior goal difference (51 vs 39), it’s hard to think WBA could pip Newcastle – there’s just no way that’s going to happen if Newcastle get all 3 points Tuesday.
Chris talked about Peter Lovenkrands’ surprising lack of form in front of goal yesterday:
“It was unusual to see this because Peter’s percentage rate of finishing is very good,”
Watch for Peter to get a hat-trick on Tuesday night. 😀
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway still thinks his team have a chance of making the Championship play-offs, but claimed the Blackpool players were just too frightened of Newcastle.
“It was like watching a sparring partner scared of the champion.”
“We came up against a very good team having a very good day and you have to take your hat off to Chris Hughton who has done a fantastic job here.”
” But our fans have seen us play a lot better than that.”
So in short – a win at Reading on Tuesday night will essentially give the Magpies the Championship, then all we have to do is win our final 3 games and get to 104 points.