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?