After the 2-1 win tonight at the Madejski Stadium, in a hard fought battle with Reading, Newcastle manager said he wanted 100 points before the end of the season, because not many teams have achieved that.
Chris Hughton – 100 points is target
Well, it turns out that one of the teams that has achieved that was tonight’s opponents Reading, who got 106 points in the 2005-2006 season, when they won the league by 16 points from Sheffield United.
The most points Newcastle can get this season is now 104, if they win their last 3 games.
The victory also took the Magpies to 95 points, 9 points ahead of second placed WBA, who have also been promoted, and 20 points ahead of 3rd placed Nottingham Forest.
Hughton said to Sky Sports after the game tonight:
“One hundred points is a target for us. After we won promotion we set other targets and if we can win the title with 100 points then not many teams have done that down the years.”
“Kevin has a composure about him and he has been a regular goalscorer throughout his career.” “He has played in a team this season that has created a lot of chances and there is no one better at getting in the box at the right times.”
Newcastle’s next game is at Plymouth Argyle, and doesn’t take place until next Monday night, but if West Brom drop any points on Saturday, when they play Middlesbrough on Saturday at the Hawthorns, Newcastle will be Champions.
“We are very close now and we can sew it up on Monday now. Whichever way it happens we’ll be delighted.”
“There are no celebrations tonight, it is business as normal, but we have put ourselves in a great position.”
“You could see why Reading have been on a great run, but we went about the game the right way and got the goals at the right time.”
“You saw what we are about. Reading were better than us for periods, but we saw it out.”
“The players battled it out for the full 97 minutes, but we have won another game and they have earned that.”
Since manager McDermott took over at Reading, the club has gone from strength to strength, and with four games left of the season they still have a chance, a slight chance, of making the play-offs.
Brian McDermott said after the game:
“I thought we had a go from minute one and I can’t fault our effort.” “We played at a good tempo and played at pace, but we didn’t work their keeper enough.”
“We have conceded two goals from nothing, but we got one goal back and we had a real go.” “You can see the spirit at this club and what we have achieved over the last three of four months is really something.”
“But Newcastle showed what it takes to win the league. They were under the cosh and still scored twice and then at the end they threw bodies in the way and ground out a win.”
“Chris Hughton has galvanised the club and I’m very pleased for him.” “It’s an outside chance of getting in the play-offs and all we can do is win our next four games.”
“We were second bottom at the end of January so a top-10 finish would be a great achievement, but it is important that we keep going right to the end and finish on a high.”
Next up for Newcastle fans is the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup this Friday evening against Aston Villa at St. James’ Park, 7:00pm KO, and the first leg ended in a 1-1 draw, so a Newcastle win will take the lads through to the final, where they will meet Chelsea.
Coca Cola Champions and FA Youth Cup winners would be a great duo to win in a single season.