Two very popular managers were at St. James’ Park today – Rafa Benitez and Chris Hughton.
Chris did such a fantastic job for Newcastle back in the 2009-2010 season.
In his first job as a manager he got us promoted with a fabulous 102 points and 30 wins against all odds, when things looked really black in the summer of 2009 as owner Mike Ashley was trying to sell the club.
Rafa Benitez and Chris Hughton this afternoon
Newcastle had their 4th win in a row and our 3rd clean sheet in a week against Brighton – and the lads seem to be getting better as the season goes on.
Rafa seems to have straightened things out after those two initial defeats to Fulham and Huddersfield Town.
This is what a down to earth Rafa said after today’s game:
“It was important to win against a team going well with players and a manager who has experience in this division.”
“We got a lot of the things we were looking for today, but there is still room for improvement.”
“The team has been working very hard. But when you want change and improvement, it takes time.”
“It is good to have another win before the international break, and it would be good to carry it on, but we have a rest now.”
Chris Hughton heard the chant “There’s Only One Chris Hughton” at the end of the game – but he was disappointed Brighton didn’t do better:
“I thought it was a harsh red card. If you watch the second challenge, the keeper kicks Sam Baldock. He is not that sort of player.”
“Newcastle were very efficient but it feels like a missed opportunity. They scored from two set pieces and although they hit the bar, we had the better chances.”
“We are disappointed because we felt we had a good chance today and we didn’t pose as much of a threat as we should have.”
This was an excellent win for us and now our next game is on September 10th at Derby County in exactly two weeks time after the International break – we have to win that one too.