Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton had nothing but praise for his team’s overwhelming victory and overall display against Sunderland this afternoon in front of close to 52,000 fans.
Chris Hughton – doing a jig on the touch-line after Newcastle goal
Newcastle overwhelmed Sunderland and the score could have been even bigger, as Newcastle were leading 5-0 with 15 minutes to go, and Sunderland were down to 10 men, with Titus Bramble having been sent off 6 minutes into the second half, when he clumsily brought down Carroll as Andy was running in on goal.
Newcastle played well against Arsenal on Wednesday night, although the second eleven did concede 3 goals in the second half, as they were always chasing the game, having gone behind 2-0 early in the second half.
So this win is just exactly what the doctor ordered, to get all those critics off the back of Chris and the Newcastle club, and will do the confidence of the players a world of good, ready for the tough game at the Emirates next Sunday.
Hughton told Sky Sports after the game:
“It was a wonderful team performance with some outstanding individual performances,” “We made a decision early in the game that we would play in their half.”
“But around that you need good performances and you need that bit of quality in front of goal. And that is what we did have.”
“We knew how much of a big game it would be. But we certainly pressed very well.”
Chris Hughton has had a couple of tough weeks after only amassing 11 points form 9 games (yes – that’s sarcasm on purpose), but the lads have now put together back to back wins against West Ham and Sunderland, and looked much the better side in both those games.
And for the first time since the 6-0 thrashing of Aston Villa back in August, Newcastle played very well at home this afternoon.
We would hope that some of their inconsistency will be at an end now, but of course we have a very tough game at Arsenal next weekend, but maybe we can even get some pay-back after the 4-0 defeat they inflicted on our second eleven earlier in the week.
The crowd, as expected, were chanting Chris Hughton’s name in that second half and certainly Chris is becoming a big favorite with the fans, when he get performances like this out of the lads.
Chris was asked what it means to have the supporters right behind him:
“It means a lot. But its never been the most important thing,he best thing is to see the players doing well.”
Newcastle have stabilized things well these last couple of weeks, and have picked up 14 points from their first 10 league games, and if they continue the 38 games with this type of form (or at least points average), we could end up with around 53 points and well above the relegation zone.
That would be tremendous, and if Newcastle do finish middle of the table – will Chris Hughton then get some praise for how he’s transformed the Newcastle club?
Don’t bet on it.