Chris Hughton has talked today about the tough run of fixtures that lie ahead for Newcastle.
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Hughton spoke to the Evening Chronicle today:
“These are challenging times, and at these times you have to be able to look at a group of lads and be confident that they will all perform well enough to get you were you want to be at the end of the season.”
“I’m confident that this group of lads can do that.” “These are games you want to be involved in.” “The bonus is that the bulk of these games are at home.”
Newcastle have done well since the three new boys have come to town, with 4 points form our last couple of games against Sunderland and WBA. Those were points we desperately needed, if only to prevent the other teams from getting those points from us, and getting a jump on us in the league.
We are now 5 points ahead of WBA, but if West Brom had won 9 days ago, they would be one point ahead of us, such are 6 pointers.
And the way the new lads have played, along with their positive attitudes, and the good words they had to say about the players already at the club, and they seem to have given the players and the fans a big lift, in the last couple of weeks.
“There’s a lot of football to be played, and it’s not just about us.”
“All we can do is look after our own results, but what you also need is help along the way. You always hope that the teams around you, and below you especially, don’t pick up the results they need.”
“Any team in that group around us will look at their fixtures between now and the end of the season and won’t see too many easy games – we aren’t any different.”
Chris had a miserable and lonely time of it when he first took over after Kevin Keegan left, but to be fair to him, the club and the players were still in upset over how Kevin left the club.
The club at that time was in complete disarray, and it affected the players’ performance on the field of play, unfortunately.
But Chris now has a chance, in calmer times, to show what he can do with the first team, and we really hope he can keep the good results coming, starting next Sunday afternoon against the Toffees.
Hungarian 18 year-old Tamas Kadar, who is one of our very top youngsters at the club, has now returned to Tyneside, after spending a few weeks back in Hungary with his family, after he broke his leg in a Reserve game against Sunderland.
He is to start some rehabilitation at the Newcastle training ground, in the hope that he will be fully fit before pre-season starts.
We are even looking for this lad to be pressing for a first team spot next season, as some of our best youngsters start to show what they can do for the first team.