Sunday, 2 May 2010

A Job Well Ton

A Peter Lovenkrands goal was enough to see of ten man QPR at Loftus Road and round off the season in style.

The Toon smashed through the 100 point barrier and became the first team to do so for four seasons, and just the fourth team in history to make such a total at this level.

But reaching the magical mark isn't just something to look back on in a few years and be proud of but is a symbol of how far this group of players has come this season.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the turnaround has been nothing short of magnificent. From the form and attitude of individuals to the spirit of the whole team, it's strange to think that largely the same group of players could perform so differently.

The biggest transformations have been seen in the performances of Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll. Seventeen league goals each and over ninety games between them this season have seen the two become talismanic players in the Newcastle line-up.

But it's not just the players that were relegated that proved their worth to the club. The signings Hughton made in January have more than done their job too. Wayne Routledge has scored three goals and created another seven in his sixteen appearances for the Toon, while Mike Williamson has become a mainstay in the back-line since his move from Portsmouth.

Saving the best 'till last of course means it's time for Chris Hughton to receive some praise. A man who had previously taken charge of two caretaker spells at the club was some way down the list of possible managers for many fans and yet now I worry about where we'd have been without him.

His ability to take the sting out of the media's attentions and get the player's in the right frame of mind with his laid back style of management has worked a treat for the Toon. A less than inspiring pre-season was soon forgotten when he won three of the first four Manager of the Month awards.

Hughton picked up his fourth award of the season this week when he was announced the top manager for April. The ever-modest manager saluted the whole team when he picked up his latest accolade.

Hughton said, "It's been a great month which has seen us secure promotion and the title but these awards are for everyone because it has been a real team effort from day one."

So that's that for the Toon, time to get ready for a return to the horrors glitz and glamour of the Premier League, we may not enjoy a season as much as this one for some time.


  1. Its 30 wins this season, your league table says 29 :)

    Howay The Lads!!