How many times have we had must-win games at Newcastle since Joe Kinnear arrived?
Chris Hughton – another must-win game
Quite honestly it seems that most of our home games fit into that category and we haven’t done too bad at home since Joe arrived.
In those games we have drawn two (Man City and Wigan) and won two (WBA and Aston Villa) and scored two goals in every one of those games.
Maybe we need to break that streak and win 3-0 tomorrow, which would be very nice, thank you very much.
It does seems that Mark Viduka and Chris Hughton both believe tomorrow’s game is yet another must win game for the club.
“You talk about “must-win” games, and we had a few at the end of last season, but already this one against Stoke is like that,” “At home especially we have to win games like this and Saturday is massive for us.” “It’s been hard for the fans recently, we all know that as players, and we’re desperate to give them a win against Stoke.”
And coach Chris Hughton also exhoed Mark’s statements after we’ve had 3 draws in a row, two away from home.
“It’s must-win, no doubt about it,” “It’s fantastic that we’re unbeaten in three, but you need wins to climb places and Saturday is a fantastic chance to do so.”“We’re confident after recent results but we know that we need three points because it is so tight at the minute.”
A good win, where we can also improve our goal difference (currently -5) would be very nice, and since Stoke are 3 points ahead of us with a worse goal difference (-10), a win will take us above them in the league, and that’s what we need to do by tomorrow tea-time.
That’s the bottom line.