A delighted Newcastle manager, Chris Hughton, talked to Sky Sports after the 2-0 win at Plymouth tonight and could hardly contain his obvious pride.
Chris Hughton – mental strength is what got the job done
Since securing promotion back to the Premier League on April 5th, Newcastle have played four games and won four, and niw have a 7 game winning streak going.
First half goals from Andy Carroll and Wayne Routledge were enough to blunt the threat of Plymouth, who were relegated form the Championship tonight.
After the game Chris told Sky Sports:
“I think we got to the stage where we couldn’t shout from the rooftops, but we were comfortable we were going up,”
“For a little while it’s been about winning the title and I couldn’t be any prouder than what I am now of this group.”
“From day one we’ve probably had one blip during the season and we came back very strong after that and went on a very good run. We have been the team to beat all season.”
“We’ve had magnificent support and they’ve made every stadium we’ve gone to a big occasion, so I couldn’t be more proud of this group of lads than I am now.”
The big things that were missing last season was the heart, spirit and mental strength in the Newcastle side, but the lads have shown that in spades this season, and Chris thinks it’s the mental strength, above all, that has seen Newcastle at the top of the league almost all season.
“I think the mental strength, there are a lot of men in that changing room to go to difficult places and grind out results.”
“I heard a couple of commentators say today that we haven’t been the prettiest of teams, but we did what was needed in this division to get the results we’ve needed.”
“It’s not about any achievements from me, as I’ve continually said. This group of lads set their stall out from day one.”
“We had a very good draw at West Brom where everybody was looking to judge them and see what the reaction was like to play in this division.”
“They proved right the way through this season that they wanted to.”
The lads could not have done much better this season and there will now be a packed house at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon – to see the lads presented with the Coca Cola Championship trophy.
And the lads also have another job to do on Saturday – beat Ipswich Town – so we have out first unbeaten home season since back in 1907.
What an unbelievable season this has been for the Newcastle United club. 😀
Howay The Lads!!