Chris Hughton – It Was A Wonderful Performance


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.

Comments welcome.



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13 comments so far

  • Majuro Magpie

    Oct 31, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Chris is up there as far as managers go and I think the sensible NUFC fans know that. Glad to see Nolan and Shola have such a great game to answer some of the undeserved stick they get.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 31, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Was nice to see us not having to chase for a win and a 5-1 win was fantastic. If only we could go into every game as if it was a derby. Maybe we will now. This win must boost the players confidence no end.

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  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Oct 31, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #3

    It took some time to change to 4-4-2.

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  • giimps

    Oct 31, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #4

    I think Chris has realised that formation might work witth the right players, no perch is a good start.
    It was interesting to see joey barton swapping from centre to right, the scum couldnt cope with the interplay and movement of him Nolan and Tiote, they resorted to long ball when our 4 man midfield bossed their 5 man midfield.
    Carol And Strolla battered them all game too, very good game had by all, and a pleasure to be there.
    This will stay with me forever, especially when I managed to get all the goals on video…Roll on the Arsenal, next weekend, Roll on tomorrow when I go into work in the heard of mackemland !!!!
    HWTL

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  • balubas1

    Oct 31, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Is Joey Barton turning in to a Newcastle Hero? He has alot to “make up” for, but he seems to have finally grown up. Also his skill and understanding of the game is fantastic. His crosses are brilliant.. I’m running out of superlatives for him this season.

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  • Sav

    Oct 31, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Joey was excellent again, and cool throughout the 90. vice-capt. material. Growing up at last.

    Tiote got caught dwelling on the ball a few times – very unusual for him – and looked like his fuse was burning down once or twice. After kicking out in the last match I hope his temperament is up to it as he’s a Toon legend in the making.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 31, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #7

    I have supported the toon since 1955 and I have to say today was one of the best days I’ve seen up there with the 1965 promotion game against Bolton and the games against Man U (5-0) Barcelona (3-2) Upjepst Doza (3-0). What made this one really sweet was it was against the SMB’s & that fat cabbage patch faced plastic geordie they call a manager. I was also a big critic of Mr Houghton but boy has he converted me give him a long contract and some REAL money to spend Mr Cashly NOW

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Oct 31, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Did anyone see bartons awese tackle, then casual as you like back-heel!!

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  • Black n whiteSi

    Oct 31, 2010 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #9

    So glad to hear the geordie faithful singing Hughtons name today, he thoroughly deserves it and after all recent bull S*** in the papers about him recently.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 31, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Barton is looking good on the right, which is great as it allows us to play Nolan and Tiote in a 4-4-2, a combination I like.

    This wasn’t the greatest performance by Tiote but it was still good; Nolan (whom I’ve always admired) was fantastic and Enrique had yet another good game.

    Jonas caused them alot of havoc, his end product wasn’t always there and still needs some work but he was a handfull for them nonetheless.

    Ameobi and Carroll look to be forming a genuine partnership. I’ve long admired Ameobi for his loyalty but always felt he wasn’t a great player. When we got promoted I said we needed another striker as Carroll was unproven in the PL and Ameobi had never cut it at the top level before. So far, they’re both proving to be more than good enough, and long may it continue.

    A great team performance, a great result and a great day for the Toon. As for CH… I’m one of his biggest fans and was before this result. Calling all Newcastle fans, get behind Hughton!

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  • leedodd

    Oct 31, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Mike Ashley is Risking The Revolt Of The Fans Again if he Doesn’t Give Chris a Contract asap or has he told Joe Kinner In The Pub Again Hang Fire Fancy a Job !!! Have we seen the Team Have Such respect For a Manager since Sir Bobby ?? No Never !!!! We need to have a Go at The Fat Controller to Give Chris a Contract This week !!!! I Think John Carver is The Man as His Assistant Manager !!!!!!!!!!

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  • balubas1

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #12

    Rowan Milsted:

    I can’t possibly agree more with your post. Good that you note that Jonas is very much a value to the team, even though he’s not the best crosser in the world. I’ve mentioned before: Look at how he almost never looses the ball. He holds it up long enough for our whole attack to get in to position. VERY important.

    leedodd:

    I also would like to see Ashley offer CH a new contract, but let’s not jump to conclusions. Maybe MA has the plans ready?

    And from the short history we have with MA, we know that he listens to the fans. He put the club up for sale when the fans screamed for it, even though I don’t think that was what he wanted. I don’t know why so many of us hate his guts? He had a situation with Keegan, but every club, business or any other place where there are negotiations, there will be conflicts. The administrative structure that MA had planned out with Dennis Wise in the mix didn’t work with Keegan so there was going to be trouble.
    But that was a saga now “long” ago. Feels like it anyways… So why hate on MA now? Because he’s rich?? He has brought stability to the club, and has brought in funds for some very good players. (Tiote, Ben Arfa so on..) He is also the man that appointed CH manager. I don’t want us to be a new Man City, a club without a soul, where the players maybe talk to their manager once a year. I just want NUFC to live out it’s potential with a large fanbase, loads of history and tradition. And I think MA isn’t hidering that process. He goes to every game and wears the colours. What more can you ask really????

    Comments welcome if u bother to read all this;)

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  • stk85

    Nov 1, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #13

    barton was immense yesterday and he seems to have fully sorted out his temprament, like a new player.

    nolan and ameobi played really well. so proud of all of them!

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