That’s The Best Performance Of My 12 Months At Newcastle

We’ve never seen Chris Hughton so upbeat than he was last night after the 2-1 win at West Ham.

Chris Hughton – in his suit and tie yesterday

And Chris has said that the 2-1 Upton Park victory was the best performance of his 12-month long reign in official charge as manager of the Newcastle United club.

And as usual with this set of players currently at the club,  it was another great response to a very tough seven days for the Newcastle club, and Chris was full of praise after the game for his players, who started very slowly, but came on well after they had gone 1-0 behind after just 12 minutes:

“It’s been a tough week and that was a big win,” “My position is completely different but I’m delighted for this group of lads.” “It’s a very spirit group of players and staff that we’ve got. Whenever they have been questioned they have generally come up trumps.”

“It’s difficult to single out anyone because it was a good team performance.” “West Ham is not an easy place to come and when the team sheets go up, you see the quality that they have.” “Our centre-halves were tested early on but when they settled into a rhythm they did well. It was just excellent all round.”

“I think that was the best performance of my time here. No disrespect to the Championship – where we had some tremendous performances – it is hard in the Premier League, and it means that little bit more.
“It was definitely the best performance of the season so far.”

Cheick Tiote had a rare off day against Wigan last Saturday, but yesterday the Ivory Coast International had a wonderful game, and was one of the few Newcastle players who was quickly out of the blocks, and he ran the game from his central midfield position after West Ham’s first and only goal.

Chris thought the midfielder was excellent yesterday:

“He was excellent. Cheik is a quiet lad but he’s settled in very well,” “He just goes about his business, there’s no thrills about his game but he goes about his business very well.”

“What we need to do now is address our home form. Our away form is good but we now need to apply that at home as well.”

We’ll keep saying this,  every time we see his performances,  but Cheick could turn out to be one of Newcastle’s best ever signings for just £3.5M from FC Twente last summer – just great business by the Tyneside club.

Hughton was also delighted with Andy Carroll, after he had again got himself into some trouble with the law, after being arrested and then seen his brand new expensive car set on fire in the driveway of  Kevin Nolan’s home.

Chris talked about Andy:

“He’s a tough individual,” “He knows that the best place for him is on the football pitch, training every day, being with a spirited group of players who are very fond of him and a staff who’ll support him. I thought he was excellent.”

“It didn’t matter who scored really but I can see the headlines now! What we have in Kevin Nolan is someone who will always pop up with a goal, he’s been consistent in that.”

“Andy Carroll was just in the right place – but I would have fancied anyone to score it with that kind of delivery.”

Kevin Nolan again showed how important a player he is for the Newcastle side, and scored a nice goal after just 23 minutes, before Andy got Newcastle all 3 points on 69 minutes with a diving header, following another terrific cross from the in-form Joey Barton, who has looked a very good player for Newcastle this season so far.

But there were good performances all over the field from the Newcastle side yesterday, and they were good value for their win,  after a nervous first 15 minutes.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • simonyoung

    Oct 24, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Despite the scrappy start, I thought Newcastle showed flair and easily outclassed West Ham.

    I thought Barton and Tiote played a blinder, too.

    Can’t wait for next Sunday.

  • jasonbourne

    Oct 24, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #2

    This is probably the best starting XI Newcastle has started with this season. Our right flank has been ripped apart every game with Routledge and Perch. Would love to see Simpson and Barton combination against dirty mackems. Simpson is not the best RB, but at least he got pace compared to Perch.

    Great passing play yesterday, and if Newcastle can become a bit better in the final stage of the field (deliveries) the goals will come. I think we all knew how crucial the win yesterday was, and the players delivered. That’s the biggest strength of NUFC team today compared to two years ago. They never stop fighting for the points, which is in my opinion is one of the best thing to see as a supporter.

  • john_cena163

    Oct 24, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Nw v need to beat da scums n embarass them at our home. 3-0 would b a gr8 win against da (cum). Bt will b tought, they r in gud form.

  • Shot Bru

    Oct 24, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Krul has made a huge difference to the team and the way we play…his distribution is first class, always looking to give the ball to the defence or midfield and building from the back….yesterday was a pleasure to watch the lads keep the ball for long periods away from home. I hope CH sticks with Krul when Harper’s fit.

  • john_cena163

    Oct 24, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #5

    My team 4 da scums da would b the same team v beat west ham.

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 24, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #6

    john_cena163, Can you please try writing in English?

  • simonyoung

    Oct 24, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Jason, I agree. With Simpson back, I think the whole defence seemed more confident.

    I hope all these CH rumours are false – we’ve not played 10 games yet and we’re doing OK at the minute. He’s really galvanised the squad and I think any upheaval will destroy morale.

    Roll on next Sunday.

  • BeeGuy

    Oct 24, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #8

    “Clueless Chris” you say then? He changed the defensive positioning as the game progressed and took away WH’s attack and made them run out of gas as well. Plus he wore a nice suit so if they lost & he got fired he was ready to go out on job interviews. (BTW, keep the suit look Chris, you look so much more the boss.)

  • archaeomag

    Oct 24, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #9

    @ Shot Bru; Krul’s distribution is fine – just as long as he does not kick it long, which is not is strong point.

    Tiote was superb, and works well with Barton, who is now showing his class; eat your heart out Scott Partker.

  • xfer

    Oct 24, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Would prefer Loven to Ameobi for a different dimension. We need to give him a chance.

  • marshy

    Oct 24, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #11

    newcastle played really well after the first 15 minutes before which we looked to be in for a hammering,but once they scored WH went right off the boil and we took advantage and in the end they were a very poor team indeed.I would like ranger to be given a chance in place of ameobi,who although had a decent game yesterday does not do it often enough.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 24, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #12

    CH is our saviour just like The Great Sir Bobby Robson (RIP). We MUST ABSOLUTELY MUST KEEP THIS MANAGER!! Chris Hughton you’re the man.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 24, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #13

    I think the whole team played superbly yesterday. The best thing about being a Newcastle fan these days is I struggle to select just one player for the man of the match award on most games now. The whole team is playing beautifully and we have an air of confidence in our play which is a joy to watch.

    Tiote is our best player at the moment-what a signing!! At last a proper defensive midfielder.

    Ben Arfa is so exciting and when he comes back he will be amazing for sure.

    Barton is keeping his mouth shut and doing his talking on the pitch and very well too.

    Ameobi is surprisingly doing well and showing guts and scoring!

    Nolan is doing his job as always and keeps scoring-remember this aint the championship no more but he still always nicks one or two here and there. A v good captain.

    Coloccini has carried his great form into this league and is immense in every game. A brick wall these days.

    Williamson another great buy and he has slotted into the club perfectly. Gets the job done and works very well with Colo.

    Krul isn’t letting anyone down and is getting better with every game.

    Carroll is maturing as a player and shows great grit and determination every time. Has proven he has massive potential and if he cleans up his act off the field and keeps concentrating on his football we’ll have a star on our hands.

  • balubas1

    Oct 24, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #14

    JP from the Rock.

    Nice summary of some players.

    On Ameobi, I must say I agree.. He played his part well against west ham even though he seems hopeless with his shooting at times… But I was thinking that Loven should have came in as a sub for him at times during the game, because we got alot of space behind their backline in the 2nd half. But Ameobi played a part in our 2nd goal also.. should be noted.

  • BengGaBoy

    Oct 25, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #15

    Overall, it was quite a pleasing performance from the team.

    However, Coloccini was the culprit for West Ham 1st goal when he tried that stunt to play him offside.

    Simpson still has room for further improvement as he lack the defensive positioning and poor cross when he goes forward. Hopefully, it’s due to the 1st EPL game he had that day.

    If you notice in the 1st half, Barton seems to have some displeasure with both Nolan and Andy and was spotted by the camera and commentator. Wondering what went wrong.

    But I yet to see the partnership flourish between Andy and Amoebi yet. And wondering will Andy get used to play alongside with another striker. Maybe Loverkrands maybe a better fit for Andy.

  • Lynxie

    Oct 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #16

    If it aint broke dont fix it. Dont change the team just for the sake of it, (look at the half wit Benitez at Luckypool last season…)
    Chris got it totally right against the hammers (who are utter shite by the way) and if we start getting a settled team, we will go from strength to strength.
    For the record, Shola had a great game on Saturday, his first touch has improved immensely (and oh how it needed to). Lets hope he reads this, because the untapped ‘potential’ has still not been delivered, and I would just love you to get your customary goal against the village of the damned next Sunday. I live in an area where the ‘unwashed are roughly half of the local population, and they are bricking it in case Shola plays because they reckon he has the jinx on them……..
    Onwards and Upwards…………..


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