Newcastle Serve Up Another Magnificent Team Effort


Newcastle manager Chris Hughton’s star rose a little bit higher on Tyneside yesterday, as he produced a game plan that worked well, and ended up in Newcastle United getting their first win at Arsenal in 11 attempts and over nine years.

Andy Carroll  – celebrates goal with Chris Hughton yesterday

And the man who got the winning goal in front of  watching England manager Fabio Capello was local lad, Andy Carroll, who seems to be improving rapidly, as he notched his 6th league goal of the season.

And with Andy in the headlines again yesterday for the wrong reasons, Chris Hughton was asked after the game whether he had any doubts about playing the youngster, who is still only 21.

This is what Chris said:

“Andy is mentally very strong. He is a player who is developing, apart from having a prowess in the air, he has given us a mobility which can stretch defenders,”

“He has still got a long way to go. Andy is working hard on all aspects on his game and he is certainly going in the right direction.” “For me, being picked for Newcastle United is the most important. Anything which comes from that means he has earned it.”

Newcastle put in  a dogged display and one pleasing aspect about the side yesterday was how well they played in defense, with the back four and goalkeeper Tim Krul looking very solid at the back, and Danny Simpson seems to have made a huge difference for Newcastle, since he returned at right back.

In fact Newcastle have won all three league games that Danny has been involved in, since he returned from his ankle injury, and he’s looking a good player at the moment.

And Tin Krul got the job done, as he was sound in his handling and made a simply magnificent save from Sami Nasri, which proved an important save, as Andy Carroll’s goal came 5 minutes later and just before half time.

But after the game, a smiling Chris Hughton, who had got his third win in London this season and looked dapper with his his suit on again to please his father, only wanted to talk about the game.

His players gave their all for the team and for Chris yesterday, and it was so heart warming to watch Newcastle play with guts and pride these days, and they are starting to get plaudits for their team work, grit and courage against a very good side.

Chris continued:

“To come here and get the result we have, I think we deserve to talk about football matters,” “It was a magnificent team effort. This is a very difficult place to come and get a result, let alone a victory.”

“You have to be resilient as a team and the moments where we had to defend we did so very well, and you are just looking to get that breakaway. Luckily for us, Andy Carroll provided it.”

“We have a team who are a very close-knit group, they work very well for each other and know where they want to be playing their football.”   “This performance showed what it meant to each and every one of them.”

Chris Hughton looked very smart indeed again yesterday, but just one thing, it would be great if he gets the Newcastle badge on the suit, as some other managers wear at their games – the Newcastle emblem would look great on those suits of his.

Bottom line, Newcastle seem to be improving with almost every game they play in the Premier league and they looked a very good side yesterday.

We were proud of them – and that’s a huge understatement.

Comments welcome.



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17 comments so far

  • Thump

    Nov 8, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    He should wear those suits more often imo 😀

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  • bobby_ollox

    Nov 8, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #2

    I dont think we have yet got the credit the team deserves for this result. Obviously the 5-1 win meant more to us locally and will live on in legend.

    But, this is Arsenal, away, full strength, top-4, a week after they thumped us 4-0 in our own sweet shop. Alan Hansen , god bless him, actually made a very valid point – this wasnt lucky – the defense played impeccably and we deserved the win.

    This was a far more significant result than the mackembash.

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  • sweendog

    Nov 8, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    bobby_ollox .. agreed .. big game and result ..
    Hopefully we can keep the momentum going against blackburn and fulham and we may just do good this season ..
    Well done again Hughton and the black n white army .. 🙂

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  • wynsleap

    Nov 8, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Chris Hughton has his team looking as smart as he is. Yesterdays performance was as good as anything I’ve seen in a long time from the Toon.
    Every man worked to his full capabilities and backed each other up.
    The key to it all though is Tiote. What a difference this bloke has made to the team’s confidence.
    I think Chris will get his new contract without a problem in January as I firmly believe that The Controller will continue to balance the books (which seems to be vitally important to him) and release one or more players to fund his new salary.
    We shouldn’t get too carried away but if the team continue in their current vein we could have an exceptional season – for the second year running.

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  • alex84

    Nov 8, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #5

    a great win, i had no nails left by the end of it though. i think blackburn will be a real tough game as there good in the air and very tough to break down we have too go at them like we did sunderland. for me colo was outstanding again yesterday…he is like a new player! great work

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  • PaddyToon

    Nov 8, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    gr8 game and haven been this proud of the toon in ages!!!about time we have a sensible hard workin group.anyone think we hav a chance at any form of europe?????????

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  • alex84

    Nov 8, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #7

    mmm not sure Paddytoon, as much as im loving nufc and the progression were making right now, its still not a overnight progression were looking for. i think its evident we are a better team then when we went down but i think if we keep priority of stayin up our main goal it takes the pressure off and anything else is a bonus…

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  • tdt

    Nov 8, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Great season so far, shame we didnt beat blackpool, stoke or wigan, but there is a long way to go so hopefully we can keep it up and avoid injuries!

    So far so good. Once Ben Afra and Gosling are back, and S.Taylor and Campbell are fit again, we’re going to have a really competitive squad.

    Do we think there’ll be changes to the team for Blackburn on Wednesday? I think there might be, but only because the amount of fixtures we have at the moment. Maybe he’ll give a couple players a well earned rest? It could be:

    ——————Krul—————-
    Simpson–Collo–S.Taylor–Enrique
    ——————Tiote—————–
    Routledge———————Jonas
    —————–Barton—————–
    ———Carroll——-Ranger———-

    Or he might stick with the team that just played because they deserve it too? I dont know, but surely some of the team will get a break in one of the next 2 games?

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  • Macedonia toon

    Nov 8, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #9

    What do you think who is better player Colo or Bassong ?

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  • sweendog

    Nov 8, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #10

    tdt .. I wouldn’t change any players until these 2 games are won .. think we still need barton wide right to keep the physical presence that routledge lacks .. although if we’re comfortable bring him on …

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  • alex84

    Nov 8, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #11

    at the mo, colo is…my old man is a liverpool fan and watches all the televised games with me and he was sayin yesterday that colo is like a new player and would fancy him at liverpool…i told him no chance get on your bike!

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  • sweendog

    Nov 8, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Macedonia toon .. thats a non started .. Collo is immense .. plays the ball well out of defence .. can tackle .. only fault is he’s not very fast or 100% in the air .. but he’d be a starter in any team in the prem ..
    Bassong .. still young but he’s made some big mistakes since his move .. still a good player .. but we got good business out of that move ..

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  • sweendog

    Nov 8, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #13

    PaddyToon .. yep best group of players and attitude that we’ve had in years …
    as for europe .. don’t know .. need to win these home games and then theres a chance .. until then don’t want to tempt fate .. other problem we have is if we get injuries ,we are still a thread bare team .. ie who’d cover RB, RW, LB,LW .. bit lightweight there with injuries that we could struggle .. anyways I’m still over the moon with the team and manager …

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  • bobby_ollox

    Nov 8, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #14

    tdt – It really is a shame about those 8 dropped points in eminently winnable matches – look where we would be now.

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  • tdt

    Nov 8, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #15

    I know, but that just goes to show where we are now and how we could be a real force in the PL in the near future.

    I hope (but doubt) we will be able to continue this form all season, but with more stength and depth added to the squad over the next 2 transfer windows, plus CH getting tied down long-term, I dont see why we can be in this position at the end of next season. I have doubts about this purely because the lack of quality depth we have in some positions. Saying that, if we can avoid injuries to these key players, there’s no reason why we cant stay firmly in the top half.

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  • Macedonia toon

    Nov 8, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #16

    I think that Colo start to look like 10 mil. singing right now. He’s got skills with the ball that some of the midfield players doesn’t, and agree with you sweendog that he is not so fast, but he has good positioning sense and read the game really well.

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  • JSYproject

    Nov 8, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #17

    agree macedonia toon, for me he was man of the match yesterday, not takin anything away from carrolls performance mind.

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