Newcastle got their 12th away win of the season yesterday at QPR, more away wins than any other Championship side.
Peter Lovenkrands – great goal yesterday
Hughton talked about the game yesterday and stressed it was important to finish this great season on a winning note:
“The way this group of lads have been this season, it was important that they finished with a win.” “What we wanted was to get over that 100-point mark.”
“I think it was important because it was an away game and a lot of people had travelled a long way to see us. We want to win as many football matches as we can.” “And we managed another win.”
There were a lot of important things, but the 100-point mark was a real bonus for us and one that we deserved.”
The players have achieved almost all of their goals this season, and it’s going to be very interesting to see what goals Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood will set for next season, when we’re back in the Premiership.
The club is now in good shape, and although there will not be much money to spend this summer, the squad is quite strong with some excellent young up-and-coming players.
And of course, the players who are now at the club want to be on Tyneside, and that makes a huge difference.
“The Championship has been a positive experience for us.” “There have been so many positives for us in it.”
“We’ve gone about our business the right way.” “I think what the fans have seen is a group of players that have shown a real desire all season.”
“And a real quality on the pitch and a really good attitude on the pitch to win football matches. I think the pleasing thing for me is we kept it going.”
“There are periods in the season where you looked and thought ‘there’s still a long way to go’ – we had a period where we had seven games in three-and-a-half weeks.”
“And we just kept performing game after game.” “The games that stick out the most are the ones where we didn’t play so well and still managed to win.”
We have to agree with everything Chris says, and it’s so refreshing to have players playing for Newcastle who seem to love the club and are proud to wear the famous Newcastle United shirt.
And we have to hope the team will show the same professionalism they have undoubtedly shown this season. The Premiership is a much tougher league of course, but we should be able to grind out wins, both home and away, against the teams in the bottom half of the table.
And our home form will also be very important, as it was this season, when the lads remained unbeaten for the first time at home in 103 long years.
The attitude of our players is a huge difference from last year, but we’re pleased to say those spoiled and overpaid “stars” of last season, are no longer at the club.
We feel tempted to add – thank goodness.
We are really looking forward to next season, and have to think the team stands a decent chance of doing quite well, back where we belong.
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