Newcastle got a very well deserved point on Sunday, and the lads can be very proud of the strong and gutsy performance they put in yesterday, in front of almost 47,000 fans at St. James’ Park.
Andy Carroll – got his 9th goal of the season yesterday
Since Chris Hughton took control of Newcastle, there’s one big thing that’s changed with the team, and that is they continue to show great spirit and guts, and that was on full display yesterday in front of a very appreciative crowd, on a freezing cold day on Tyneside.
The draw puts Newcastle in a respectable 9th place in the Premier League, but we’re still one point behind Sunderland, who lost 3-2 at Wolves – so we’ll need to fix that before too long.
Andy Carroll again got a goal for Newcastle, and scored after just 6 minutes, and that was after a Steven Taylor header had been well saved by Cech, and Ameobi missed a golden chance, as he hit ball into the side netting, and should have done a lot better.
Carroll told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It was just great to get the game off to such a good start so early in the match, and to get another goal.”
“We all wanted to respond after Bolton, and we have against a very good and respected Chelsea team. We probably could have won the game in the end, but it is a good point for us.”
“We just need to keep on going now and working hard.” “Hopefully all of the lads can continue it at West Brom next week.”
“Obviously we’ll be looking for another positive result.” “But we just have to keep going.”
Good words from Andy, whose star is rising rapidly on Tyneside, and of course Newcastle are continuing to get fantastic support from their fans.
Newcastle have already sold out their allocation of tickets for the game at the Hawthorns next Sunday, and will take 2,700 fans with them, and that’s great to hear.
West Brom away is a game Newcastle can win, and therefore the lads must turn up for that game, and play well, and if we can put in another strong defensive performance at the Hawthorns, there is no reason we cannot get all 3 points.
And the good news is that the in-form Joey Barton will be back from his suspension, and is likely to start in the middle of the park for Newcastle with Cheick Tiote, because Kevin Nolan is out injured,.
We’re sure Chris will be wanting the win next Sunday afternoon, as the lads have only a couple of draws in their last 4 league games, and consistency will be the key.
But with the experience of both Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor now in central defense, who have played many many PL games between them, we have to hope that consistency will return to the Newcastle side, and especially in defense.
Howay The Lads!!