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.
“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.