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.
“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.