Chris Hughton After Game – This Is A Fantastic Win

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was not surprisingly delighted with his side’s spirit, discipline and defensive performance in their shock  1-0 win at Arsenal this afternoon.

Andy Carroll celebrates his goal with manager Chris Hughton today

After the game, which showed how well drilled Chris Hughton has made the Newcastle side this season, Chris told BBC sports:

“This is a fantastic win. For anybody to come here and get a result is a difficult ask.” “We rode our luck a bit and we needed a particularly good save from Tim Krul.”

“We needed a spirited performance by 11 players on the park and we got it.” “You have got to be resolute and defend well as a team. To keep a clean sheet here is outstanding.”

Newcastle did ride their luck a little bit with a terrific save by Tim Krul just before half time, and Arsenal hit the cross-bar twice, but Newcastle were well organized today and their grit and determination, which was always lacking in our relegation season, was enough to give the lads all 3 points at the Emirates for the first ever.

Newcastle now move up to 5th place in the Premier League, just 3 points behind Man City and a European Champions League spot.

The victory is Newcastle’s third in a row in the league, and  Mike Ashley had better sign Chris Hughton up as Newcastle manager soon – before some other club does.

Hughton then talked about 22 year-old Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul, who made that wonderful save  before Andy Carroll scored the winner just before half time, and it was Time’s first clean sheet since replacing the injured Steve Harper:

“Tim is a young goalkeeper who is learning and improving game by game. He has a confidence about him and today won’t do him any harm.”

“Keeping a clean sheet here is testament to the back four and the goalkeeper but also to a team performance that allowed us to always stay in the game.”

“We kept two players up top because I felt that the same team that won our last two league games deserved to have another go,” “We adjusted the front two a little bit.”

“It is very difficult to come here with two playing high up, so Shola Ameobi did a great job linking back in with the midfield”  “When you get a result, the shape generally works.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, never a good loser, admitted his side were not at their best today:

“It was a big disappointment because our performance was not good enough. But I think we were unlucky because they had one shot on target the whole game and we lose 1-0,”

” “We never found our flow and we made a mistake on the set-piece where Newcastle are strong.” “We had some players coming back from injury who were not completely 100% and we had some players who played in midweek who were not the sharpest.”

“And we put ourselves in a difficult position because if you go in at half-time at 0-0 you have a better chance of winning the game than losing it.”

Chris Hughton has come to London this season, and won games at Arsenal, Chelsea and West Ham – so far – and Newcastle have a very decent away record, which augers well for  the Magpies avoiding relegation this season.

This performance by the Newcastle side was just a wonderful team performance, and shows what an excellent hard working side Newcastle have become, under the leadership of the quiet and understated gentleman –  Chris Hughton.

We were very proud of our boys today – and long may the winning streak continue – and we promise not to get too carried away with all these wins.

We all got very used to winning a lot of games last season, but we are in the Premier League now – aren’t we?

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • SL_toon

    Nov 7, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Great game. Shola and carroll were all over the place! brilliant!
    And Tiote was frustrating fabregas… it was lovely to see him whine at every decision. Finally, an away win against the top4 in the BPL!


  • SL_toon

    Nov 7, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #2

    and i think wenger got it tactically wrong.
    the gunners were makings good passing moves around our defence in the first half, and made some good chances. But for some reason, they resorted to long high balls in the second half, which was not what they’re good at, but what nufc are great at… maybe its cos fabregas couldnt get a clean pass thru with Cheik patrolling the middle… 😀


  • jarnytoon

    Nov 7, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #3

    I know we rode our luck at points with regards to woodwork n that but I must say that was a brilliant defensive display! N with us being slated for it for years I must say I am proud of our rear guard! Taylor has a mission to get back into the team!

    Well done lads!!

  • baty1963

    Nov 7, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #4

    I think it’s time to give CH and the team some well deserved praise compared to a couple of seasons ago with Mr Owen et al,it goes to show if you have a team willing to play for each other and watch your backs you can go away from home and get this sort of result absolutely brilliant.

  • TheGallowgateEnd

    Nov 7, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Danny Simpson MOTM by far!!!

    Good against West Ham, excelent against Sunderland and now I doubt if we’d have won at the Emirates if he didn’t played.

  • TheGallowgateEnd

    Nov 7, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Chris Hughton deserves all the credits he may get as well. Great tatics, always putting the best we have on the field and really, what about this offside trap strategy he’s created?! So f****** good. I mean, as long as our players can keep up the good team work at the back and we don’t have any Perch to cause misunderstandings and leaving players onside, we should be OK when facing top clubs like Arsenal.

    Ed was perfect when saying Hughton has made us proud in the last few weeks. No doubt about that. That’s the best definition I can have for him at the moment.

  • rwpoynter

    Nov 7, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #7

    I don’t know what the final possession % was but I would guess it was in our favour. That is fabulous against Arsenal and particularly at the Emirates. That is the way to win. 4-4-2 and win at Arsenal means we don’t need , surely, to go back to 4-5-1. Tiote was an inspired purchase and my MOTM, but could you really criticise anyone today? They all played like they had every intention of winning from the start. What a difference from two years ago. Six points from the next two games please!

  • shearer4pm

    Nov 7, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #8

    i love chris hughton. finally a manager who talks about it being for the fans, and hes just here because of the players, never gets to carried away. the only manager since sir bobby(apart from mabye shearer) who understands the club. a modest man, a great coach. and a fantastic manager in the making in my opinion. He doesnt get in any touchline bustups. all the managers this season have seemed to say nice things about him. surely one of the nicest men in football, he’s not taking his position for granted. a top professional who really seems honoured to be managing the club and i for one am honoured to have him in charge.

  • Jarra

    Nov 7, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #9

    one word that has been used in the high percentage of comments on this article is the word “PROUD”
    Isn’t that a word that sums this team up.
    Well done lads and Well done Chris H, you make me so bloody proud.

  • ilde2551

    Nov 7, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #10

    We actually had 2 shots on target, sad whinging loser.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 7, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #11,26691,16497_6492937,00.html

    This is quality!

    But it’s even better towards the end when the motm goes to Carroll and not Krul

  • Edd Case

    Nov 7, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #12

    You know what, as much as I love beating the scum, I feel even happier today.

    I think this result can do even more for the confidence of the lads.

    It clearly shows that they CAN get results from the BIG four.

    Tiote was simply unbelievable today and I bet the likes of Fergie, Whinger and co would all love him in their teams after that display.

    People should start taking this team more seriously.

    We were VERY unlucky not to get points in at least another 3 games I can think of, think where we might be if we’d have got them points???!!!

    I’m more than happy where we are now though, 5th!!!!

    If only the season ended today!

  • Macedonia toon

    Nov 7, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Newcastle always win when Chris Houghton wear a suit 🙂 thanks to his father three times this season three wins 🙂 if he wear it in carling cup against Arsenal maybe we will win that game 🙂 keep your suit on Chris and maybe we will be champions 🙂

  • ilde2551

    Nov 7, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Just think, if we had beat stoke, blackpool and wigan at home we’d currently be first. Not to mention, points we could and probably should have got at both wolves and man city.

  • Robby Bobson

    Nov 7, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Its a long shot but how could Capello not have noted down williamson on todays match. SSN website gave him MOTM and I agree, him with Colocinni and Tiote were fantastic!

    Everyone outside of newcastle will talk about carroll, but colocinni looked like a 10million defender this season, espeically today and mike williamson doesnt look far off that price right now.

    The fact that Colo and Williamson were hardly noticed (take note S.Taylor) shows what a fantastic job they did, Chamakh was not in the game at all!

    Also it seems to me that alot of teams are having “bad days” or games where they are not showing up against us….i’ve heard people say it about villa, everton, west ham, sunderland and now arsenal….well maybe instead of coincidently all those teams having bad teams, we are actually a better unit than we thought.

  • Robby Bobson

    Nov 7, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Also praise to Chrissy Hughton. Hes still learning as a manager….we went to man utd, sat back and got picked off, so he learned and said, right we are good ourselves, lets go with two up top and build from the front.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 7, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #17

    I’ve heard everyone complaining about why Hughton hasn’t got a new contract.

    But i think that Chris is obviously going to get a new deal (simply because Ashley is a clever business man and will not let this ‘bargain’ go) but whats the rush? i think a contract on a yearly rolling contract is doing wonders for Chris and the team as it makes everyone work for their contract and more importantly the team!

  • tjshawsey

    Nov 7, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Outstanding performance today! defended well, keep the ball well, and every player made a big contribution. My one worry? Tiote is one big reason as to are performances of late, but he picks up cheap cards and one more leads to a match ban. And how can smith perform anywhere near as good as that when he’s suspended, or dare I say it, Injured.

  • jamiemt

    Nov 7, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #19

    My motm has to be tiote because of how he dominated fabregas but i thought simpson, colloccini and willo were just fanstatic today

  • cgrizzly87

    Nov 8, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #20

    What happened to our rubbish record of away games in the capital without a win eh?

    It was a great result (especially for me in the bookies) and a great day to be a Newcastle fan…

    BUT there were times when the lads tried to play their way out of trouble around the 18 yard box. This was not so pleasing to see! Just glad we rode the storm and got the 3 points!

  • baro

    Nov 8, 2010 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #21

    Absolutely fantastic team play week – in week – out! Its awesome we are going up and up in the table! Great manager who really deserves a contract as soon as possible and great team display! Hopefully we can carry this form to next week and the one after!

  • Brutooon

    Nov 8, 2010 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #22

    I dont care about how many possession arsenal got, its the score that matter

    Williamson, Barton, Nolan, Carroll and even Ameobi for England Squad? (Come on Shawn Wright Phillips didnt get much game but he is still in last england squad)

    Tiote – he didnt do the makelele role, he create a new tiote role 🙂

    Carroll is almost everywhere…and i love when Ameobi alone up and Carroll help the midfield

  • Trent Toon

    Nov 8, 2010 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #23

    Tha lads have made me so proud today! They really did please the living daylights out of me. One might say that this may just be our season, the season we once again recognised as a MASSIVE CLUB!


  • cg

    Nov 8, 2010 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #24

    Indeed a great night, also the -8c this morning warranted wearing a scarf. Hope I passed a bunch of swedish gunners fans on the way to work 😉

    There were so many potential MOTM, just puts more emphasis on the team spirit thing. There was absolutely noone that didnt give it all.

    If this is how they keep playing there’s even dignity in a loss.


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