Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is a down to earth manager, and after the game yesterday, he was already planning for Wednesday night’s Carling Cup game at Accrington Stanley and next weekend’s important league visit to Wolves.
Chris Hughon – already planning for Acrrington Stanley on Wednesday
But Hughton is also realistic and took time out to celebrate one of Newcastle’s best wins ever in the Premier League, as they hammered Aston Villa 6-0 at St. James” Park yesterday afternoon.
Hughton said after the game:
“That was a wonderful achievement for us, but we are realistic. In this division, we won’t get too many days like that.”
“Hopefully we will get the performances, but certainly chances to score six goals against the likes of Aston Villa don’t come around too often.”
“Yes, it’s very much about getting feet very firmly on the ground. We are away from home in our next game and we expect it will be very, very tough.”
“But you can’t be in this division and get the scoreline we have without wanting to enjoy it, and we will certainly spend the rest of the day enjoying it.”
Carroll hit goals after 34 and 67 minutes and completed his hat-trick three minutes into added time, as the rampant Newcastle side tore Villa apart.
The Villa players must have been reading and believing their own headlines last week, after they had taken apart West Ham 3-0 last weekend, but this Newcastle side were far too good for them.
And Villa completely wasted a 10th-minute opportunity to take the lead, when the woeful John Carew blazed his penalty kick over the bar, and just two minutes later Joey Barton hit a wonderful shot with a dipping long-range effort.
Kevin Nolan scored a brace as he headed home after 32 minutes, and claimed his second three minutes from time as he hit home a loose ball from just 4 yards out.
And the 3 points came as the Newcastle club announced at half time that they had signed FC Twente midfielder Cheick Tiote, subject to a work permit being obtained.
Hughton talked about the new signing, which got completely overshadowed by Newcastle’s wonderful performance yesterday afternoon:
“It’s one we are delighted to have done and it will certainly give us some strength in that midfield area.”
“We have a lot of players who can play in there, but he is a particular type of player.” “Alan Smith would be the only defensive-type central midfield player we have and Alan has already shown his value to us.”
“But we just felt we needed more options in there and he will certainly be a good addition for us.”
So it was a very good day for Newcastle fans yesterday, and a 6-0 win against a very decent side has to make us believe we may be able to do fairly well this season, but we are not getting carried away with just one result.
But there’s no doubt it was a wonderful afternoon for the shocked Newcastle fans – what a performance.
Howay The Lads!!