Chris Hughton was obviously delighted with his side’s magnificent victory last night at Stamford Bridge as they pumped 4 goals past the Premier League Champions to get to the 4th round of the Carling Cup.
Chris Hughton – we just beat Chelsea – at Stamford Bridge 😀
The first goal by Nile Ranger was the first goal Chelsea has concede in over 10 hours of play at their home venue but with any luck Newcastle could have had more than four as both Ameobi and Lovenkrands in the second half missed excellent chances.
To be fair Chelsea were down to 10 men after 62 minutes when Israeli Benayoun had to leave with an injury and Carlo Ancelotti had already used all three of his subs.
And Hughton was delighted that his second team – there were 10 changes made from the team that started the game at Everton last Saturday – upset the high-flying Premier League leaders – who also played most of the Reserves in tonight’s game.
Chris told Sky Sports after the game last night:
“This was a game that most people felt we couldn’t win irrespective of what side they put out,” “We showed great character and great finishing to get back in the game.”
“It speaks volumes for the players in the changing room. Hopefully it will give us the momentum to go into the next few games.”
Both Shola Ameobi and Nile Ranger had excellent games with Shola being a hndfull for the Chelsea defense, and they foubnd it difficult to control the local Tyneside lad.
Chris had praise for his Nigerian born striker as he said:
“Shola showed why he is still at this football club.” “He has had periods at the club where injuries have hindered his progress.” “That was the case last season. But on this form he is top player.”
Although Chelsea hit the bar twice in that second half, they also were given oen of the softest penalties you will ever see – when Alex conned the referee to get the penalty – from a supposed foul by Mke Williamson, who in TV replays was seen not to have even touched the Brazilian.
Chris talked about the penalty which equalized the scores at 3-3, with just 6 minutes to play:
“The equaliser for them to get back 3-3 was the softest penalty you will ever see and it got them back in the game,” “Fortunately, it was us that stopped the game going to extra-time.”
“I didn’t think it was a penalty. That is an understatement.” “It disappointed me because at that stage we hang on and win 3-2. If we had not got the winner and it had gone to extra-time, it would have been a travesty.”
And the referee did his best to let the PL Champions win the game, as he added an amazing 6 minutes of added time – to give the Champions time to score – and this adds to the growing suspicion that referees favor the top teams – and we’ll not even mention again that soft penalty he gave.
But Chelsea didn’t win, and the real truth is that Newcastle were worthy winners, and this may well signal a new era for Newcastle United.
A Kevin Keegan like side again – but with the under-stated and very calm Chris Hughton in charge – as this has to be his best win ever as a manager – and against the tremendous Carlo Ancelotti.
We have to hope there are more games – and wins – like this down the road – but we simply cannot get ahead of ourselves – and a win against Stoke City on Sunday is now an absolute must.