Newcastle United seemed to want the win the game this afternoon more than West Ham did.
A smartly dressed Chris Hughton today
West Ham were certainly dominant in that first 15 minutes today, and with any luck could have been more than 1-0 up before Newcastle finally woke up and got into their rhythm.
But once Newcastle came back into the game and got their equalizer though captain Kevin Nolan on 23 minutes – a very good goal – Newcastle took a grip on the game and especially in the second half West Ham offered very little in fight or spirit to win the game.
Newcastle are not much better in personnel than they were two years ago when they were relegated, but what the side does have, in abundance, is an undeniable spirit, a never say die attitude, and a will to win.
We think that was the big difference in the game today, and it got the Magpies the win, even though the TV commentators were suggesting that Newcastle may settle for a draw, early in the second half, with the score at 1-1.
That’s negative thinking, and we’re pleased the Newcastle manager doesn’t think that way, as it was clear all week, that Newcastle were going to London to win.
And Chris even started the game with two strikers up front, and kept that formation all game, as no subs were used today. No doubt most of the subs will get a start against Arsenal int eh 4th round of the Carling Cup on Wednesday night.
It was Newcastle’s doggedness and guts – at least after that first 15 minutes or so – that got the win today and they got the job done in London today.