The display yesterday showed the form Newcastle have been showing away from home, can indeed be replicated at St. James” Park, as they blew away Sunderland 5-1.
Chris Hughton – press on from here
Hughton is a very pragmatic guy, and he knows that Newcastle will need to produce more games like yesterday’s, if we are to survive in the EPL this season.
The Newcastle manager told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It is something we have to address.” “We now have to make sure in forthcoming home games.” “We were still disappointed to concede one goal.” “For a back four and a goalkeeper to do that late on it would have been special to come away with the clean sheet.”
“It can’t just be about us scoring goals.” “We limited their chances.” “Bent and their record signing (Gyan) were on the pitch by the end.” “It was a very special day, we knew it would be tough because they are in good form.” “They are well organised.” “If they’d scored the first goal it would have been tougher.”
“But we showed fantastic drive.” “We could have sat back in the second half, but we kept going for more.” “If players get too emotionally charged it effects your performance.” “We had the best period and it allowed us to go on and do what we done.” “It’s difficult, but it’s been special for the team.”
Everybody connected with the Newcastle club is on an almighty high at the moment, not just because we beat Sunderland 5-1 yesterday, but also because it was the second league win in a row and puts Newcastle up to 7th in the Premier League with a very decent 14 points.
Well, OK – it was because we beat Sunderland 5-1 yesterday, but who would have ever thought we could be in this position after where we were in July of last year.
It’s just amazing, but the lads will need to come down to earth soon, and prepare for the very difficult game at Arsenal next Sunday afternoon. Newcastle fans will have a much longer grace period, and we can be on a high and brag about yesterday’s win until the Arsenal game kicks off.
Beating Sunderland 5-1 will mean absolutely nothing once that game kicks off at the Emirates Stadium, and the lads will have to do it all over again to earn any points from that game against the London powerhouse.
And we don’t want Dr. Jekyll to reappear either – as the lads must aim for consistent performances from now on, if we are to improve as a team this season and avoid a relegation struggle.
Howay The Lads!!