In one of Newcastle’s best wins in many a season, Newcastle’s manager Chris Hughton was just delighted with his team after last night’s surprising 4-3 win at Stamford Bridge by the Newcastle second string.
Shane Ferguson – great game last night at left back
Hughton was particularly delighted that the win shows just how strong the Newcastle squad seems to be this season:
“It’s showed what we have re competition for places,”
“You’ve got a team that played today and apart from HarisVuckick, Shane Ferguson and possibly Nile Ranger these are all players that have been first-team regulars.”
“Shane Ferguson will be more pleased than anybody with the game he’s had.”
The baby-faced Shane Ferguson had another excellent display at left back, to go with his very good performance against Accrington Stanley in the previous round.
And this Northern Ireland International already seems destined for bigger things, as he was completely unfazed playing at Stamford Bridge last night, and will have done himself no harm at all and if Jose Enrique gets injured, this lad is the ready-made deputy.
Shola Ameobi got two goals for Newcastle and his bustling physical style just could not be contained by the Chelsea defense, and on last night’s form Shola looked one great player – let’s be clear about that one.
Shola has been more than inconsistent at Newcastle over the last 10 years, and still has his critics among the fans, but his commitment to the Newcastle cause has never been questioned, and he showed that last night and now has 3 goals in the Carling Cup this season – from just two games.
Nicolas Anelka also scored two goals, the first was a well worked goal by Chelsea down the left wing after 70 minutes, but his second was the softest penalty you will ever see after 87 minutes – with center-back Alex now up for an Academy Award next March.
Chris was asked if he thought the penalty award was a soft one, given by referee Phil Dowd, for a supposed foul against Mike Williamson on Alex:
“No. To say it was soft was an understatement,” “At that stage we hang onto the game, and win it 3-2. We went through a period we didn’t need to go through.”
“That game went so many different ways. After the start they would have thought they would get a second and a third.”
“We showed great character and good finishing and at 3-1 we had arguably the best opportunities to kill the game off.”
The press headlines seem to accentuate Chelsea had only 10 men – and that’s correct – they went down to just 10 men on 62 minutes after Yossi Benayoun was injured, but manager Carlo Ancelotti had already used all his 3 subs.
What the press doesn’t say is at that point Newcastle were already 3-1 ahead, and indeed before Anelka scored his first goal on 70 minutes, as Chris points out, Newcastle missed two great chances through Lovenkrands and Ameobi, and could have even been 5-1 ahead – as the TV commentators pointed out.
But it was an historic win for the Magpies last night, make no mistake about that, and we suppose we can celebrate it for a day or two – but the lads need to get back to earth soon – because on Sunday we just must beat Stoke City at St. James’ Park.
Nothing less will be good enough.