The Yorkshire Post in their report were complimentary about Newcastle last night after we beat Barnsley 2-0 at Oakwell in front of their biggest crowd there for six years.
And the opposing manager Paul Heckingbottom has chipped in with his praise for the Magpies, but what impressed Paul the most about Newcastle was the graft and hard work the players put in last night.
Dwight Gayle scoring Newcastle’s first goal
39 year-old Paul remembers playing against our top scorer Dwight Gayle some years ago and he started off by talking about the striker whose two goals last night got us all 3 points – our fourth win in a row.
This is what Paul said:
“I can’t remember whether I played center-half or left-back against him, but I can remember he was quiet for most of that game and still ended up scoring two goals too.”
“He was good, but that’s what you pay for isn’t it? His goals. We were prepared for that, so from our point of view, it’s disappointing that two lapses of concentration cost us the game.”
“That was the difference.” “They gave us absolutely nothing during the game, even though we worked our socks off,”
“We went toe-to-toe with them, even though they’re at the top of the league, and we were grafting and working for everything we could. “But they gave us nothing.”
“They were having to graft and work as hard as us to get anything, but the two goals were lapses in concentration on our part.”
“I’ve been impressed with the way in which this Newcastle team has proved it’s prepared to dig in and work in order to get a result.”
“It was a similar story at Rotherham, although I watched that game and with respect to Rotherham, I thought we had a right go at them even more than they did.”
“They gave us nothing. “They matched our effort and endeavor, and ultimately they’ll be over the moon with their result.”
“We’re disappointed with the goals we conceded because we would have loved to have given them nothing, like they gave us nothing.”
“You can’t hide behind the excuse that they’ve spent more money than us,” “We know we can win in this league. That’s what we have to take on board, and rise to that challenge.”
“They’ve got quality all over. “They took three really good players out of their side, and brought three really good players in.”
“But that’s the situation we’re in, and it doesn’t mean we can’t compete. On another day, we might have got something.”
While we are now top of the league, there’s not much daylight between us and a number of the other teams, so we need to keep this winning streak going for just as long as possible.
Huddersfield play at home to Preston tonight and a win will bring them level on points with us, but in second place because of our much superior goal difference.