Newcastle got off to a shaky start last night at the Madejski Stadium, but then two goals out of nothing from Scouser Kevin Nolan had Newcastle two goals up at half time.
Kevin Nolan – puts in second goal just before half time
And then Reading came back strongly in the second half, and got a weird goal after 70 minutes, when Jose Enrique thumped the ball out from the goal line, and it hit the back of Danny Simpson and ballooned back high into the goal.
What an unlucky goal to concede.
But Newcastle still managed to miss a few in that first half, as Wayne Routledge squandered a great chance, and a Kevin Nolan header hit the cross-bar.
And after the game a cool and relaxed Chris Hughton told Newcastle United TV:
“This was a big win tonight.
“We got goals at good times and the first one in particular came at a very good time.” “It prevented Reading from getting into their stride after we had made a fairly poor start.”
“It was a terrific finish from Kevin and after that we were a lot better.” “We maybe could have scored a couple more before Kevin got his second but that goal also came at a good point just before half-time.”
“We showed real desire to win the game after that and even when Reading got one back we kept at it and were strong.”
“Reading showed why they haven’t been beaten here for a long time but we also showed why we’re top of the league and it was a very pleasing victory which moves us very close to the title.”
In the interview Chris also said the aim was to win the remaining 3 games, and that the lads showed how together they were last night.
After Kevin scored his first goal he ran to the Newcastle bench to celebrate with the subs.
But this looks a very good Newcastle team, and it just shows you how much confidence means in this game of football.
With Newcastle also having a strong bench, maybe just 4 new players in the summer is all we need to be able to hold our own in the much stronger Premiership next season.