It all turned out well for Newcastle United yesterday on the very last day of the season and we obviously had the Gods on our side.
With Newcastle winning the game at home to Barnsley with a third goal from Dwight Gayle in stoppage time to make it 3-0 and Brighton winning their game 1-0 it looked like they would pip us to the Championship title.
But then word came that Jack Grealish had scored a very late equalizer and therefore everything turned out perfectly for Newcastle.
Chris Hughton – gentleman of the game
It was almost the opposite for unlucky Brighton, but they have again had a great season and achieved automatic promotion after the heartbreak of missing out on a spot last season by the narrowest of goal difference margins to Middlesbrough.
Of course if Brighton had won the Championship it couldn’t have gone to a nicer man than Chris Hughton who is still greatly admired by Newcastle fans.
The gentleman of the game had this to say after Newcastle just pipped Brighton for the title:
“I’d like to congratulate Newcastle on a wonderful season – they’ve just beaten us to it.”
“I think the two best teams this season are the two that have gone up automatically.”
“Today is a negative day – it’s difficult – but there are far more pluses.” “What these lads have achieved this season has been magnificent.”
“David has been excellent for us all season, and he had made two very good saves from free-kicks before.”
“There’s never any portion of blame. We have to accept it as a team. “For us the season is finished and we have achieved our goal.”
“We’re playing in a division where there are some very big teams who have spent big money, and we have managed to come in the top two.”
It was in fact an error by goalkeeper David Stockdale’s that handed Villa their 89th minute equalizer.
David Stockdale – unfortunate error
David of course was the Championship goalkeeper of the season and has been outstanding for the Seagulls this term.
You cannot make this stuff up.
If somebody had said that would happen yesterday, we would have said that would be exciting but hardly realistic.
Congratulations to Brighton and their fans and to Chris Hughton and we look forward to playing you twice next seasons in the Premier League.
Those will be special games.
And Chris is right when he says we were the best two teams in the league and both deserved to get those automatic promotion spots.
And we did.