We Need Points To Take Us To Safety – Hughton

We currently have 27 points from our 25 games, and a win tomorrow against Everton will take us to 30 points and level with Bolton and Sunderland, who are currently in 10th and 11th place. Wigan are in 7th place with 34 points right now.


Chris Hughton – will have the lads ready for tomorrow

And that’s one reason Chris wants to get as many points on the board as soon as possible, because with the table so crowded those points can quickly take us away from the relegation zone.

Certainly we expect the lads to get some great support tomorrow, and hope we can get close to 50,000 fans there for the 4:00 pm kick off.

Tomorrow’s game will be very important for Newcastle and no doubt a defeat will set the alarm bells off at the Newcastle club, and if that happens we wouldn’t be surprised if a new interim manager was quickly hired until Joe can return in around 6 weeks time.

We just cannot afford to go on a bad run of results at this crucial time of the season. Chris Hughton is well aware of that and he talked to the official Newcastle site today:

“We can’t rely on other teams,” “We’ve been lucky in that when we only took one point from 12 we only dropped one place.”

“And then a draw against West Ham even took us up a few places.” “But that won’t good fortune won’t last and, as we did at West Brom, we have to get the points which will take us to safety.”

“We have to look after ourselves and that means putting runs together which can change the complexion of things very quickly.”

“We’re more than capable of doing that and Everton, at home, is a chance to add to our tally.”

And, of Sunday’s opponents, Hughton added:

“I watched them last week in the FA Cup against Aston Villa.” “It summed up what they are. They are a confident team and coped well with injuries.”

“They have an excellent manager and some terrific players.” “But for us we are at home and coming in off the back of a win at West Brom.”

“It’s a chance to put some daylight between ourselves and the bottom three.”

Everton will have a few players missing through suspension and injury tomorrow, but Moyes seems to have that knack of drafting in players who can get the job done for the team. It’s all about team togetherness and team spirit for Everton, and that’s always good to see in any team.

Everton under Moyes  are always a difficult team to play and even harder to defeat, but that’s the challenge tomorrow, and a win against Everton at home would be terrific – just terrific.

Howay The Lads!!

8 comments so far

  • Ben_BKK

    Feb 21, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    If I remember reading correctly, they’re missing Hibbert, Cahill, Fellaini, Pienaar and someone else, hopefully Arteta 😛

  • batty

    Feb 21, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #2

    very clever bloke you are chris did you work it out all on your own

  • ginkoh

    Feb 21, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Let’s show We deserved to survive in PRM this season !!

    Let’s show who we are tomorrow !! We are Toon army !!

  • Steve R

    Feb 21, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Well to beat Everton we are going to need the central midfield pairing of Butt and Nolan to have a cracking game. Butt’s passing has taken a slump and Nolan still has to win us over.

    R.Taylor is going to have a good game, i can feel it.

  • nufcursed

    Feb 21, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #5

    butt stinks

  • Shanghaitoon

    Feb 21, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Nufcursed – they usually do… 🙂

  • arctoa

    Feb 21, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #7

    This stating of the obvious does irk me a little. Personally I’d be happy with a score draw against Everton, they’ve been playing decently and we, well, haven’t.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 21, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #8


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