Newcastle boss Chris Hughton had every right to be delighted about the game at West Ham on Saturday, because his game plan just worked to absolute perfection.
Chris Hughton – the very smart looking Newcastle manager on Saturday
But Newcastle still had to come from one goal behind after a very sluggish start to the game, and they allowed Carlton Cole to put the home side ahead, before they upped their tempo, and were then just too good for the Hammers.
Chris talked to Newcastle United TV today:
“I was absolutely delighted.” “When you come to a place like West Ham that’s such a tough place to come and get a win, the form that they were in, the formation that they played which was strong and powerful, you know it’s going to be a tough day.”
“But we were very brave in possession, we had a lot of big players out there who wanted to take responsibility, and I think we got a victory we thoroughly deserved.”
“They started very strong – as I said, the formation gave them a lot of pace and power up-front – and we found it quite difficult to deal with in the early period. But once we got into our stride and started to feel comfortable moving the football around, I knew we would have opportunities.”
“Of course, it’s about putting those opportunities away. I was perhaps a little disappointed that we didn’t get another one which would have made the game a little bit less frantic in the last period, but there were some really good performances. “It was such a good team performance and I’m proud of every one of them.”
Chris decided to boldly play a 4-4-2 formation and attack West Ham, who are hardly the best defense in the league, and his decision to play Tiote, Barton and captain Kevin Nolan all together in the game, paid off handsomely, with all three experienced midfielders having terrific games.
And Tiote continued to look like a wonderful acquisition for the Magpies, and the Ivory Coast International was here, there and everywhere on Saturday afternoon. Tiote was just unbelievable for the Newcastle side at West Ham – and what a player this 24 year-old appears to be.
It was just a terrific performance, but the lads just have to keep it up, as usually after a good away performance this season, Newcastle then play at home in front of an expectant crowd, and disappoint immensely.
We have to hope that doesn’t happen in our next two home games in the next 6 days, against Arsenal on Wednesday night in the Carling Cup, and then against the old enemy Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.
Two wins in those games and we will be flying indeed, and it’s not completely out of the question either.