Newcastle United’s caretaker manager Chris Hughton says that Newcastle United will be going all out against Tottenham Hotspur in the Carling Cup tomorrow night.
The former Spurs coach, who has stepped into a very difficult job at Newcastle, after Kevin Keegan left, really wants to help lift the gloom for the Newcastle fans, by getting through to the 4th round of the competition.
Hughton said today at the club’s Press conference ahead of the Carling Cup tie against his old club:
“Winning the Carling Cup is something that we talked about doing at the very start of the season.” “As a club we need to be fighting to do that.”
“I know that other clubs have had a different stance on the competition but we are looking to capitalize on that.” “We have a good chance of doing that this season.”
Hughton says that his players are responding well to the 3-1 defeat at West Ham, as he added:
“Morale in the camp is high and we are in good spirits going into the game.” “Everybody is aware of where the club is at and we now have to bounce back and play.”
“We can lift ourselves with a win against Tottenham.” “There are still a lot of players there from when I was there.” “They have also purchased some quality players.”
“I am surprised they are bottom but when you lose players like Berbatov and Keane, it is always hard and it does take time.” “They haven’t started well but they will make progress.”
“I don’t think that anybody expect us and Tottenham to be at the bottom.” “But the cup game is a big one for us both.” “It would be a massive lift for either club to get through.” “And our players have been looking forward to the tie.”
Hughton also paid tribute to the Newcastle fans, bless their hearts, who over the last 10 years or so have had to put up with so much nonsense and grief at the club.
“They are massive for this club and you often take them for granted.” “They were brilliant in our last home game against Hull.”
Teams like Arsenal, who will be playing Sheffield United, and others in the top four, will be fielding young stars of their second eleven, but Newcastle, because of our very small squad and some injuries and suspensions, will be down to the bare bones.
Chris will in all likelihood field the strongest side he can, as Keegan did in the last round at Coventry.
“We haven’t got that luxury.” “But even if we had started the league games well, we would be playing our best side as the cup is important to us.”
Some positive words coming from the players and coach today, and maybe that’s because we may be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel to this terrible nightmare. Hope so anyway.
Michael Owen this morning was also positive in what he said about the team and the players, and certainly seems ready to score some goals for the team.
Oba Martins will also be available for tomorrow night, and we know Oba will be trying 100% for the team, as he always does.