Chris Hughton was delighted with the Newcastle performance this afternoon, as he talked to Sky Sports after the 2-1 win at West Ham tonight.
Andy Carroll – after scoring winner today
And Chris paid a tribute to his Newcastle side for not letting their heads hang as they came battling back after being 1-0 down after only 12 minutes in London today.
It’s been a bit of a tough week for the Newcastle club, for things that we’d prefer not to be reading about, with Carroll ending up in jail on Sunday night and having his brand new car set on fire, after being bailed on an assault charge.
But it shows the guts and fight of our players this season, when they can put the turmoil to one side, and get the job done away from home, and after starting the game very poorly.
Chris told Sky Sports after the game:
“It’s even more satisfying because we came from behind. We played incredibly well against a team that’s a big, powerful team.””It’s been a tough week for us. What we do have in this camp is a lot of character, a lot of spirit.”
“The more we seem to be tested, they seem to come up trumps. I thought they were excellent.” “It’s a nice feeling today. It’s been a tough week and it’s a tough place to come. We thoroughly deserved it.”
And Hughton was pleased with Andy Carroll’s contribution today but is adamant the Gateshead-born lad didn’t have to repay anything to him or the club.
Chris continued and talked about Andy:
“He didn’t have to repay anything to us,” “He’s a young lad and he’s learning the game. He’s not the finished article yet.””He’s got a fair bit of learning to do. The best place for him is out there on the pitch.”
Credit not only goes to Carroll for his performance today, after getting into trouble again – but we must give credit to the Newcastle manager, who has handled everything thrown at him this week – most of which was negative – with dignity and the man never lost his cool or composure.
Well done to you Chris Hughton.