Chris Hughton was delighted to get all 3 points yesterday afternoon at QPR, but admits that in the first half Newcastle rode their luck.
Chris Hughton – we rode our luck in the first half a little
A delighted Newcastle manager Chris Hughton talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“It feels great. The game summed up a little bit how we’ve been. It wasn’t one of our better performances.”
“We rode our luck in the first half. But we’ve always got something in the locker. When we’ve needed to get a goal we have got one and that has been part of the story of our season.”
“100 points was the least of the targets we wanted to achieve, but it will be wonderful for the lads to manage this.”
“This club is used to doing it at a higher level, but that takes nothing away from what these players have done.”
A great end to the season yesterday, there’s no doubt about that, and but for that Ipswich last minute goal a week ago, Newcastle would have finished the season with a 9 game winning streak.
But it was not to be, but we still won 13 of our last 17 league games and drew the other four, following our 3-0 defeat at Derby County – that’s not a bad way to end the season is it?
And new QPR manager Neil Warnock said that he thought Newcastle have been far too good for the rest of the Championship this season.
Neil believes Newcastle only need a few players to have a very good squad for the Premiership next season, as he reflected after the game:
“We brought two kids on and they brought Andy Carroll and Peter Lovenkrands onto the pitch. That said it all really.”
“I was talking to Chris before the game, they need two or three quality players rather than five or six.”
“They don’t have the money to do more than that. It’s all about getting the right players for his jigsaw.”
“I am looking forward to seeing how they get on. I think they will do well.”
Good words from Neil, who will himself be looking to rebuild his own side over the summer with some deft signings, as will Newcastle.