30th November 2010 - An Unbelievable Feeling
Steven Taylor made his comeback from injury in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday. The 24 year old formed a solid defensive partnership with Sol Campbell in the absence of suspended pair Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson. It has been a frustrating year for Steven. The youngster suffered a knee injury in January, then dislocated his shoulder on his comeback in the pre-season friendly at Carlisle.
Steven Taylor: "The nerves were kicking in before the game but once I was out there and warming up, the nerves went. I thought we started well. They didn't expect us to start at the tempo we did. Maybe they expected us to sit back and defend, but that wasn't happening. I won my first header against Drogba and felt good. I got a chance to play with Sol at the back. I enjoyed having him talking to me all the game. I can learn from him. It was an unbelievable feeling to be back playing after 10 months."
28th November 2010 - FA Cup Third Round Draw
Newcastle will get their 2010/11 FA Cup campaign underway with an away tie against League Two side Stevenage.
Chris Hughton: "You always want a home draw in the cup, but you take what you get. Stevenage have done very well in League Two this season and will be looking forward to the game, and making it as hard as possible for us too."
Andy Carroll opens the scoring against Chelsea
28th November 2010 - Newcastle United 1 Chelsea 1
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 1.30pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, S Taylor, Campbell, Enrique, Routledge, Guthrie, Tiote, Gutierrez, Carroll, Ameobi (Ranger 77) - Subs not used: Soderberg, Lovenkrands, Perch, Smith, Best, Kadar.
Scorer: Carroll (6) - Attendance: 46,469
Chris Hughton: "It was exactly the kind of response I wanted. It was the only response we could give after the Bolton game. It was every bit as tough as I thought it would be. Every time they attack with pace you’re fearful but the moments we had to defend well, we defended well. I thought Steven and Sol were part of a team that was outstanding defensively. I think you had to be against the players they were up against."
On central defence: "I thought Steven and Sol were part of a team that was outstanding defensively. I think you had to be against the players they were up against. Steven had not played since January. Sol had featured only twice this season. For both of them to get through a game as difficult as the Chelsea one was testament to both of their characters.”
On Andy Carroll: "I don’t think he’s fearful of any opposition or individuals. When you’re in a confident mood and you’re scoring goals that’s how it should be. You should look forward to every game, think of every game as an opportunity to play well and score. That’s how he is at this moment."
25th November 2010 - Indiscipline
Mike Williamson has received a three match suspension after having been found guilty of violent conduct by The Football Association following an incident during the game with Bolton Wanderers last Saturday. As a result of the player denying the charge the Regulatory Commission had the power to impose a longer ban but did not take this option. The player will be joined on the sidelines by fellow defender Fabricio Coloccini who received a red card during the same game and also receives a three game ban. Both players will miss the fixtures against Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool.
Chris Hughton: "Discipline is something that we’re reminding players about all the time. We can’t justify what the two players have done. Players have to be responsible for their actions and they have to accept their bans. These are the sort of things that are sent to try you over the course of a season. It is now about how we respond. Sunday was already going to be a tough game but it is an even more difficult job for us now."
"It was a bad day at this office, that’s for sure."
20th November 2010 - Bolton Wanderers 5 Newcastle United 1
Premier League - Reebok Stadium, Bolton - 3.00pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, Enrique, Williamson, Coloccini, Guthrie (Routledge 71), Nolan, Smith, Gutierrez (Campbell 77), Carroll, Ameobi (Lovenkrands 72) - Subs not used: Soderberg, Perch, S Taylor, Ranger.
Scorer: Carroll (52) - Attendance: 22,203
Chris Hughton: "You’ve got to have belief you have a squad that’s good enough to compete. Over the season we’ve had committed players. It was a bad day at this office, that’s for sure. We gave away some very poor goals. We did create some chances but this league is unforgiving if you give the type of goals we did away today. We’ve got character in the team which allowed us to look for chances, but as a team it’s a poor defensive day when you concede five goals. The positive is that we did have opportunities. Andy Carroll scoring is another plus for him. In any game you’re looking to get positives. We’ve got to make sure we bounce back."
Danny Guthrie in a midfield tussle versus Fulham
13th November 2010 - Newcastle United 0 Fulham 0
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Guthrie (Routledge 76), Tiote, Nolan, Gutierrez, Carroll, Lovenkrands (Ranger 76) - Subs not used: Soderberg, Campbell, Smith, Xisco, S Taylor.
Attendance: 44,686.
Chris Hughton: "I’m disappointed but at least we didn’t lose. I didn’t think it would be a game with a lot of chances, but what you hope is you put away the better chances that come your way. We’re just lacking that little bit in front of goal at the minute. Our home form has been indifferent. It is something we need to address. Teams are coming to us and playing that bit deeper. They are playing formations that need to be broken down. We need to show that little bit more in the final third. I don’t think any supporters will have gone away thinking we didn’t try and win the game. We've shown we’re a side that keeps going right to the end."
13th November 2010 - England Call For Andy
Andy Carroll has been selected for the full England international squad for the first time. Andy is named in the squad to face France at Wembley on Wednesday 16th November.
Andy Carroll: "It's a real honour to be selected for England. It obviously shows I am progressing on the pitch and it is fantastic that Mr Capello has given me this opportunity to be involved with the senior England team."
11th November 2010 - Three Match Ban For Joey Barton
Joey Barton has been charged with violent conduct by The Football Association following an incident during the game with Blackburn Rovers last night. Having accepted the charge he receives an immediate three match ban. Joey will miss the forthcoming matches against Fulham, Bolton and Chelsea.
Joey Barton: "I fully accept that I was in the wrong and accept the charge that the FA have brought against me. I would like to apologise to Chris Hughton, my teammates, our supporters and of course to Morten Gamst Pedersen and Blackburn Rovers. This season I have been on the receiving end of a few robust challenges, I have, up until now, remained calm in the face of provocation and just carried on with the game. But I hold my hands up, I reacted badly to the situation on Wednesday night and I deeply regret it."
Chris Hughton: "It is disappointing to lose Joey for three games. He has worked hard on his game this season, but he knows that he can't react the way he did on Wednesday."
Kevin Nolan in aerial action versus Blackburn Rovers
10th November 2010 - Newcastle United 1 Blackburn Rovers 2
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 7.45pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Tiote, Nolan, Barton, Ameobi (Ranger 46), Carroll, Gutierrez (Routledge 88) - Subs not used: Soderberg, Campbell, S Taylor, Smith, Lovenkrands.
Scorer: Carroll (47) - Attendance: 41,053
Chris Hughton: "Frustrated is the word that comes to mind. Overall was it a game we deserved to lose? No. Sam came with five at the back, four in midfield, one up front to make it difficult. They capitalised on our errors. They had to defend well. We conceded two poor goals. It is uncharacteristic of Cheik Tiote, he has been excellent. He was caught in possession for the first and should have cleared it. He will learn from that."
"On the back of three very good results, what will happen is that every now and again there is a result that is disappointing, like this. It is about trying to get a level of consistency. We knew it would be difficult because of the quality and strength of this division. Whenever there has been a negative there has always been a plus. We just need that consistency."
"He is certainly going in the right direction."
7th November 2010 - Arsenal 0 Newcastle United 1
Premier League - Emirates Stadium, London - 1.30pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ameobi (Ranger 72), Carroll - Subs not used: Soderberg, Campbell, S Taylor, Routledge, Smith, Lovenkrands.
Scorer: Carroll (45) - Attendance: 60,059
Chris Hughton: "This is a fantastic win. For anybody to come here and get a result is a difficult ask. We needed a spirited performance by 11 players on the park and we got it. You have got to be resolute and defend well as a team. To keep a clean sheet here is outstanding. We kept two players up top. I felt that the same team that won our last two league games deserved to have another go. It is very difficult to come here with two playing high up. Shola did a great job linking back in with the midfield. We have a team who work very well for each other and know where they want to be playing their football."
On Tim Krul: "We rode our luck a bit and we needed a particularly good save from Tim Krul. Tim is a young goalkeeper who is learning and improving game by game. He has a confidence about him and today won’t do him any harm. Keeping a clean sheet here is testament to the back four and the goalkeeper but also to a team performance that allowed us to always stay in the game."
On Andy Carroll: "Andy is mentally very strong. He is a player who is developing, apart from having a prowess in the air, he has given us a mobility which can stretch defenders. He has still got a long way to go. He is working hard on all aspects of his game and is certainly going in the right direction."
7th November 2010 - I've Fallen For The Club
Manager Chris Hughton is under contract with Newcastle until the end of the season. With discussions set to take place on a new deal soon, the two parties reaching agreement would appear to be a formality.
“I’ve fallen for the region and the club. I thoroughly enjoy living up here and the area. It is a magnificent club with a support that will let you know their feelings because they are passionate. I see what this club means to the supporters and would love to be involved next season."
"I’m delighted to be manager. I have one eye on the future. The aim is to be in this division next season. What you have to do, irrespective of where you end up, is make plans. There are always opportunities to bring players in. Do I see myself as the main man in the middle of all that? I hope so."
Bringing jubilation to the Geordie faithful
3rd November 2010 - It Is Important We Build On This Win
Joey Barton has been an ever present for Newcastle in the Premier League this season and is currently experiencing his best run of form since signing for the club. Now established as a key member of Chris Hughton's starting XI Joey refuses to get carried away following last weekends demolition of Sunderland.
Joey Barton: "These sorts of results don't do our confidence any harm, that's for sure, but it is important we build on this win. Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. We've been very good on the road, with some good results and they could have been better but for being harshly treated at Manchester City."
On Chris Hughton: "The job he's done's fantastic. What was nice was the fans singing the gaffa's name. It was great to see them acknowledge Chrissy."
On teammates: "We're a strong bunch, we're focused on what we need to do and how we get there. Nothing that has gone on outside the dressing room has been able to seep in and affect us. That's due to the closeness of the lads and how together we are."
On the fans: "The noise before kick off was loud. When we walked out on Sunday it was just something else to see all that black and white. It was hairs on the back of your neck time. Even just talking about it now makes you emotional. At the end of the game I just stood out in the middle of the pitch, looked round and took in the atmosphere. It was fantastic to see the fans back the team and manager the way they did. It's great to know we've brought that kind of jubilation to the Geordie faithful."
On fitness: "It is good to be fit and playing well. You get a little bit stronger, a little bit more battle hardened with every 90 minutes you get under your belt. It is important to me to be a successful member of this squad. I am enjoying my football at the moment, and playing in a good side that is winning football matches. I am happy because I love playing football."
1st November 2010 - Club Statement
There has been unfounded speculation today suggesting that Freddy Shepherd intends to put a consortium together in a bid to buy Newcastle United FC from its owner, Mike Ashley. The club can confirm that it has not received any contact from Freddy Shepherd expressing an interest in buying the club, nor is the club for sale.