Newcastle's Chris Hughton delighted after club secures Championship title

20 April 2010 08:02
Newcastle were already assured promotion but goals from striker Andy Carroll and winger Wayne Routledge ensured they would return to the top flight with silverware.

For Plymouth Argyle the result confirmed their relegation to League One, with the rival fans left to ponder wildly differing prospects next term.

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"We got to that stage and probably for a little while it's been about winning the title and I couldn't be any prouder of this group of players.

"They have gone from day one and we have probably had one blip during the season, they came back from that strongly and went on a very good run. We have been the team to beat all season.

"We have a magnificent support that have made every stadium that we have gone to a big occasion, including tonight."

A travelling support of 2,431 made the 820-mile round trip to cheer their team to the title at Home Park.

For Argyle coach Paul Mariner the task is to follow Hughton's lead and lead his side to promotion at the first attempt.

His side have enjoyed six seasons in the second tier but must prepare for life in League One next term.

Reflecting on the club's position, Mariner added: "We also have a fantastic fan base and we owe it to them to do our best to bounce back up to this division - and that's what we will be aiming to do.

"Obviously I am so disappointed but I still have to say that the players tried to get the ball down, tried to pass and play the right way - even under the pressure they were under tonight, knowing that they had to win.

"That speaks volumes to me, and re-affirms what they are about. I asked for a response after the Watford defeat and they gave me that. We had chances to score tonight and our finishing has to improve and that's what we need to do."

Source: Telegraph