Chris Hughton got a team ready for the big Tyne Wear Derby and both his tactics and the inspired play of his Newcastle team were just too much for a poor Sunderland side, as Newcastle demolished the red and whites 5-1.
Chris Hughton – tactics spot on
Sunderland went into this game not having conceded a goal since the 2-2 draw at home against Liverpool back on September 25th, but that meant nothing to Newcastle who were 3-0 up at half time, and had torn the Sunderland defense apart.
After the game Chris Hughton, who made Newcastle history yesterday with the Magpies’ second biggest derby win ever, was ecstatic at the result, which will surely take the pressure off this good man.
And we also noticed that Chris had perfected his celebration for each goal, down from an earlier season average of 5.2 seconds, to just 3.9 seconds – impressive indeed. 😀
This is what Chris said shortly after the historic game ended:
“West Ham last week was a wonderful result for us, because of the timing away from home, as was Everton away from home,” “But this is a special game up here and to be able to win one of the special games, it’s the best feeling.”
“It’s always nice to get support from the fans, but it’s not the most important thing for me,” “What they are doing is showing their appreciation for a team that’s put in the performance they have. The crowd will always react to what they see on the football pitch and they very much liked what they saw.”
“It’s about the players. The supporters loved what they saw – whichever 11 were on the park they saw a committed team that took the game by the scruff of the neck.”
“Before the game I would have settled for a scrappy, 1-0 win where we didn’t play particularly well, of course I would. To do it in the fashion they have done has certainly made the city very buoyant.”
Captain Kevin Nolan again produced a performance that mattered when it was important, and scored a hat-trick, the first time since Peter Beardsley did it back on January 1st, 1985, when Newcastle won 3-1.
And local lad Shola Ameobi, whom we predicted could be a big player once again for Newcastle in yesterday’s derby, scored two great goals. The first was the best penalty you’ll ever see taken, just before half time, and his second was on 70 minutes, after Andy Carroll had powered a header onto the cross-bar, and Shola came in on the rebound, and showed tremendous technique as he hit the ball like the proverbial speeding bullet, and it almost broke the net.
And that’s only Newcastle’s second home win of the season, but it’s 11 goals for and one against in those two wins, having demolished Aston Villa 6-0 in August.
This fabulous result will do nothing but strengthen Chris Hughton’s hand in his negotiations with the Newcastle club for a new contract, and we are hoping the lads can get a lot more points on the board before the end of the year, so we could even avoid a relegation scrap this season – that would be terrific.
“We decided to have two up front and we had two very big performances,” “The players make any formation or tactics work. My position is no different this week than it was last week and the week before.”
“We know how difficult this week is. We go away to Arsenal next and we’ll certainly be better going into that game in the form we’re in at the moment. As good as one week can be, the next can be as bad.”
“It’s very much a growing process, this club needs to be a stable Premier League club before it can push on.”
The lads will need to come down to earth at some point this week, and it’s probably good that we face one of the best teams in Europe away next Sunday afternoon, because that will give this team another stern test.
But a point at the Emirates next Sunday afternoon would be an excellent result, and would give the lads a 4 game unbeaten streak.
There’s no doubt the side performed very well indeed yesterday, and were streets ahead of Sunderland, and we cannot remember a Newcastle side that played with such guts and spirit.
It’s just wonderful to watch.