Walking in a Hughton Wonderland
They say you should give credit where it's due and that was certainly the case for Chris Hughton against Preston North End.
Quite some time ago, I asked Chris Hughton if he was a bit upset that he hadn't enjoyed more recognition from Newcastle fans in the form of a terrace anthem.
Hughton quickly dismissed the idea and moved on to a different subject, his view being that he'd rather see all energies projected on to the 11 players on the pitch.
That changed for a while against Preston North End with Newcastle 2-0 up and coasting.
During the live blog yesterday I was asked what the long term answer was at Newcastle United as far as a manager is concerned, I still stick to my guns that Alan Shearer is the answer to that - as did 75% of readers during a 'game time' poll.
But if Hughton gets United promoted, he will have to, by footballing rights, be allowed to continue in the Premier League.
We'll never know if Shearer would have done a job as good Hughton - or better or worse this season.
But at 2-0 yesterday though against PNE it was then that fans decided to demand for a wave from Hughton.
It was a far cry from almost 12 months ago at Bolton's Reebok Stadium when fans chanted "You don't know what you're doing" at Hughton.
The first round of chanting died out without Hughton acknowledging their request.
That was probably down to the fact he was fully focused on the game.
Then, moments later the left hand went up before an eruption of "There's only one Chris Hughton", a song that you thought you'd never hear from Newcastle fans.
It has been chanted before at St James' Park when Tottenham Hotspur were the visitors to Tyneside and the Spurs faithful's rendition of "There's only one Chrissy Hughton" was boomed round Level 7.
That night Hughton stuck up his hand.
At that time I thought it was probably the wrong thing to do with Kevin Keegan's exit in 2008 fresh in the minds of Toon fans and feelings on Tyneside rather raw.
However, many United fans yesterday in the excellent Leazes End singing section were quick to show their appreciation.
Hughton deserved it.
Yet a place in Geordie folklore is only likely to be assured if he finishes of the job he started in August.
And if the fans are singing the name of ex-Spurs man Colin Calderwood (who has also done an excellent job and deserves credit too) in the same way Terry Mac used to enjoy the banter with the fans, then I really will be flabbergasted!