Hughton Delighted With Result And Newcastle Performance

Chris Hughton seemed very pleased with both the performance  and the result last night, and this Newcastle team seems made of sterner stuff than the side that took the club down to the Championship some 15 months ago.

Chris Hughton – pleased by win and performance

Chris Hughton seemed buoyed by the result as he told the Evening Chronicle today from Spain:

“It was a very good workout for us.” “Defensively as a unit we worked really well.”

“Even though they had a good retention and good possession, we had the better chances and we got stronger in the second half.”

“Of course it’s great to win a trophy of any sort.”

Of course Newcastle had a penalty after 86 minutes, but the Deportivo goalkeeper Manu saved the shot from Joey Barton, but that wasn’t enough to quell the spirit of these lads, and they eventually went onto win the penalty shoot-out by scoring all 5 penalties – and yes – Joey Barton’s was the last one and the winner.

Chris continued:

“It came good for Joey in the end.” “You want players to step up to the mark and he was first to grab the ball.”“It wasn’t the best of penalties, but I thought the performance was very good.”

“We deserved the clean sheet.” “If I look at Stevie Harper he didn’t have any big saves to make, and nor did Tim (Krul).”  “Deportivo threatened a fair amount but I think we had the better chances in the second half.”

It’s always nice to win, especially if some kind of trophy is at stake, but Chris – like the true coach – was more concerned how his team had performed on the night.

Chris went on:

“We’ve come to a big team in La Liga and got a result.” “Depor are expected to do well next season.”“To get a 0-0 draw against them in their own stadium is great for us.”

There was some good things to take out of the second half in the draw against PSV last Saturday, and there were some good things to take out of this game, with some players continuing to show good form.

James Perch and Fab Coloccini played well at the center of defense, and young 19 year-old James Tavernier also  impressed in defense, when he came on in the second half.

Danny Guthrie had a good game, and it was good to see Joey Barton back again  spraying the ball around in that first half.

All in all, it could be that things are coming together quite nicely for Newcastle, and we’ll know more with a game at Glasgow Rangers on Saturday.

That will be a good test for the lads and a game we will be looking to win.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Chris F

    Aug 4, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #1

    um, Ed, Tavernier came on for Perch and played at centre half alongside Coloccini – Ryan Taylor was at right back all game.

    Also – Barton really needs to shave that 14 year old’s bum fluff excuse of a ‘tache off, he looks ridiculous.

  • baro

    Aug 4, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Hopefully Hatem Ben Arfa will be in out squad for Rangers friendly.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 4, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Certainly the defence held up well, but surely he can’t be happy with just one shot on target on goal in 90 mins.

    Can anyone remind me who the young creative Argentinian guy is called. Something like Sosta and available for 3 M ?

  • JaydanGeordie

    Aug 4, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #4

    It was a solid performance, I still think we need more creativity in midfield, Ben Arfa would be perfect.

    Anyone got a video or photo of us lifting the cup ?

  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 4, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #5

    JG@4 ‘Anyone got a video or photo of us lifting the cup ?’

    League 1 trophy, Championship trophy (same thing, differeent year), Texaco Cup, Inter-Toto, that other daft friendly tournament thingy in Glasgow, and wasn’t there another daft friendly tournament at some point we won as well which I have totally blanked out…. and now this. How can I conceal my bursting northern pride. How does our trophy cabinet cope with the strain of it all……?

    Then again, maybe every game should have an appropriate trophy attached that our victorious captain can hold up after the game…?

    The SBR Trophy v Ipswich, The Shearer Trophy v Blackburn, The Daglish Trophy v Liverpool, The HA HA we filched Perch Trophy v Everton, The HA HA you got stuck with little Micky Trophy v Mau U, The Tony Green Trophy v Blackpool (etc..)


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