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.