Newcastle coach Chris Hughton talked about the game with Tottenham on Sunday, and seems quietly confident that Newcastle can put up a good display against Spurs on Sunday.
Chris Hughton – seems confident about Sunday’s game
Chris will be able to provide lots of input to Kevin Keegan about the Tottneham players and how they play. He will also be able to pin point what he sees as the weaknesses in the Spurs team.
Hopefully we’ll be able to get a good game plan together and the goal has to be to get all 3 points from our London visit. We must think big if we are to continue to get better results and move away from the relegation zone. Fortune favors the brave.
Chris talked to the Evening Chronicle today about the game on Sunday:
â€œI have been asked if it will be eerie for me going to the Lane on Sunday.â€ â€œWhile I donâ€™t think this will be the case, it will be certainly strange, although I have to add that I am not the most emotional of people.â€
â€œObviously, I will be meeting a lot of people I know, including the Spurs players, for the first time since I left.â€ â€œBut it will only be a good day for me if Newcastle United can get some kind of result.â€
â€œDonâ€™t forget Spurs finished fifth last season and the fact Newcastle beat them twice, and again at St Jamesâ€™s Park in October, should give the players some confidence on Sunday.â€
â€œLooking back at last seasonâ€™s game, while Nicky Butt scored the winner for Newcastle, Obafemi Martinsâ€™ equalizer was a fantastic goal.â€
â€œWhen you concede a goal you look at the reasons why but there was nothing Spurs could have done about that goal from Martins.â€ â€œWe will have to stifle their play.â€ â€œBut obviously it will not be easy. Spurs now have a very good side and they are very difficult to beat on their own ground.â€
â€œAnd if we allow them to get their passing movement going they will hurt you, especially with strikers of the quality of Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane.â€ â€œIf we sit back it is inevitable that they will get a goal so we have to get in there among them and in the likes of Nicky Butt, Joey Barton and Geremi we have just the players to do that.â€
â€œBut we also have the players up front in Oba Martins, Michael Owen and Mark Viduka to hurt them.â€ â€œApart from the Liverpool game at Anfield we have been creating chances and I am sure we will get some on Sunday.â€
Newcastle will no doubt have the confidence of coming off a league win for the first time in 14 games so that should help us in our quest on Sunday. We’d be happy with one point, just as long as the team goes all out for the win, which is possible if we play as well as we did against Fulham and Blackburn.
So far in our poll at the top right, 40% think we’ll win, 31% think we’ll get a draw and 21% think Spurs will win on Sunday. That’s with just 404 votes in so far. If you haven’t voted please do so, and we’ll see what our expectations turn out to be for Sunday’s game.