Newcastle manager Chris Hughton thought his fighting Newcastle side fully deserved their point against Chelsea this afternoon.
Chris Hughton – fully deserved the point this afternoon
The match ended in a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park, although in those last 20 minutes Chelsea went all out for the winner, but the Newcastle defense stood firm with Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor both looking in good form at the back for the Magpies.
Andy Carroll scored first for Newcastle after just 6 minutes, when he took advantage of a howler by Alex, and then on the stroke of half time Salomon Kalou equalized for the Blues.
Hughton talked to Sky Sports after the game.
“You are fearful every time they attack because of what they have got, they had got the ascendancy, and we conceded a poor goal,”
“But credit to every one of our players, we dug in and we got to a stage where if you can get comfortable against a side like that, then we ended up being a touch comfortable.”
“You get to that stage of the game where the joy of getting something from the game is a little bit more than the possibility of losing the game.” “And as I said they have got so much quality, it is a little bit of every time they attack there is that fear.”
“But we dug in and I don’t think anyone seeing that game today can deny we deserved something from it.”
Newcastle had some heroes all over the field today, but the two center-backs Steven Taylor and Campbell have to take special credit, and Cheick Tiote was again in fabulous form for the Magpies, and we missed him a lot more than we realized last week at Bolton.
And it was good to see Wayne Routledge back in form, and he played his heart out down the right wing for the Magpies this afternoon.
There are a lot of positives Chris Hughton will take out of this game this afternoon, that’s for sure, and Joey Barton will be back at the Hawthorns next weekend, and he will hopefully put in those crosses for big Andy to head home.
Now we have to beat the in-form West Brom next weekend, since we still have just two points from the last four league games.