It’s Time For Heroes At Newcastle

Newcastle assistant manager Chris Hughton now has a heavy burden to try to save Newcastle United, in Joe Kinnear’s absence, and keep the Magpies in the Premier League next season, and it will not be easy, not with any more results like yesterday’s at Bolton.


Chris Hughton – has his work cut out at Newcastle

Chris Hughton believes the crucial run-in in the Premier League this season is daunting for all of the relegation candidates – and there are quite a number of teams included this season.

As we’ve said a number of times now, Newcastle are a mere two points above second bottom place, and currently in  15th place, but with a tough run-in to the season that awaits the team.

Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“They’re very difficult for everybody.” “Home and away is tough for us. But all the teams will look at them and think the same.”

“They’re difficult for everybody.”

Newcastle were caught up-field by Bolton yesterday at the start of the second half, and Enrique and others just couldn’t get back quickly enough to stop the danger, and Gardner had the ball in the back of the net with his very first touch of the ball, having come on in the second half as a substitute.

Hughton added:

“It’s disappointing to concede so early.” “We felt we’d had the better of the first half.”

“We knew we had to be defensively strong and for the majority of it we were.” “On the balance of play, on chances, I think we were the better side.”

“We just had that lax period early in the second half and they scored.”

Let’s get something straight, in these games it hardly matters whether you deserve to win or not, it only matters what the final result it – let’s get clear about that. The result is a lot more important than the performance in these crunch games.

Hughton now has to lift the players to try to get something out of the game against Manchester United on Wednesday evening, and that’s when the crowd of 52,000 will have a huge part to play, to try to help lift the players.

But the players also have to step up to the plate, and lift themselves, to try to get something out of this game.

It’s time for heroes at Newcastle, that’s for sure, and we expect some players to step up on Wednesday night.

Hughton added:

“We’ve got to bounce back and there was enough in the performance to say that we can.”

“We’ll look forward to the next game and try to get something from it.”

A defeat against Manchester United on Wednesday evening will make the 10 days following that, before the Hull City game, almost unbearable for Newcastle fans.

So we all have to hope for something out of  Wednesday night’s game, however tough that may seem to be right now.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

198 comments so far

  • hitman

    Mar 2, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #1

    we need fking superheros to get us out this mess.
    x-men come to mind

  • murphy

    Mar 2, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #2

    it’s too late now, we’ve been in the relegatin battle for most of the season and time and time again we’ve been told by the players that they’ll try harder, and this game is a must win etc etc… it all means nothing if your hearts not in it, and that’s the problem we have, not enough of the players care, and the management and owners have not done enough to secure our prem status.
    With the next run of games we’re going to find it very hard to get any points on board with a run-down squad filled with injuries and a few players who are off in a few months and simply dont care. I’m seriously worried now and if we do go down there’s a few people who should take the blame, the Owner is first and foremost, then the chairman, then the manager, then the players (nothing to lose and as always plenty to gain).

    I’ll keep on loving the toon but i’m getting seriously worried and it’s going to be a long few months.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 2, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Its no longer time to keep saying we need to bounce back etc etc.

    We have heard this nearly all season long and its getting stale.

    Anything other than a humiliating defeat would a bonus.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 2, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Against manure that is

  • Stuart79

    Mar 2, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #5

    I’ll settle for a permanant manager let alone a hero!

  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 2, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #6

    If Chris starts with Shola on wednesday then I will turn off the telly and dont give a damn about the result..

  • DJG

    Mar 2, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #7

    I wonder what the rest of english football will think if we go down. Maby finally this stupid image they have of us as a big club will go.

    I hope if we do go down, Ashley gets rid of the current regime and installs a coach who is young and ambitious. It may sound daft but I hope Wise stays, on the whole his signings have been quite good. I hope we get rid of the geremi’s and Owen’s right away and bring in young talented players that will gel as a team in the championship and be ready to come back up in a few years.

    I just think we need to start from the ground up. Maby it would be good for Ashley to go aswell.

  • hitman

    Mar 2, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #8

    DJG,if we go down i think we would struggle to get back up mate.

  • DJG

    Mar 2, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #9

    No Nicky Butt suprise suprise. Just another Man U reject in Smith.

    I think we need to have a complete overhaul of the squad in the summer, get rid of the has-beens and bring in the Ferraras ect. It is just embarrassing watching the likes of geremi and Butt who was no longer good enough for Man U 6 YEARS AGO.

  • DJG

    Mar 2, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #10

    The thing is right, people say play Martins, Ameobi is s###, blah blah.

    Truth is Martins just isn’t good enough either. In this league teams might only create 2-3 chances in an away game. On Sunday two chances fell to Martins and as usual he scewed it wide. Shearer would have absoulutely buried a bullet header into the net and say what you like about Owen, so would he probably. Martin’s is a headless chicken who has pace and is unpredictable, that is only because he doesn’t know what he is doing himself.

    If we go down and we can keep Martin’s I think we will come back up though. The reason why is that Ameobi and Martins would be CLASS in the championship. They just lack that yard of pace and football brain respectivly in the premiership.

  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Mar 2, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #11

    keep the faith lads….I am sure no Toon fan on this blog wants to see the lads go down….

    The next 12 or so games are all massive….Dont forget the other sides in the relegation dogfight(and there are at least 8) are all there for a reason….that reason being they have had a poor season….We must look at ourselves and not count on others to scrap out of this however before we get carried away on the old, “we are defo going down” crack, have a little think where these other struggling sides are going to get there points from….

    Look at the fixtures… reason why we cannot go to Hull and Stoke and get something and the 3 games near the endo of the season against Pompy, Fulham and Boro are very very winnable will the full squad of players we will have at our disposal at that point….

    Keep the faith lads….dont let all the mugs who would love to see us go down get their wish!!!!

  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Mar 2, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #12

    *that daft bloke with the glasses on is supposed to be an 8….bloody technology

  • batty

    Mar 2, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #13

    DJG one minute yousay get rid ov owen staght away and in your next breath you say .SAY WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT OWEN BUT SO WOULD HE

  • DJG

    Mar 2, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #14

    I know batty… but Owen would not have even bothered his arse to get there.

    Don’t get me wrong I still want rid but you can’t say he isn’t a better finisher than Martins!

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 2, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #15
  • Dan_Scott157

    Mar 2, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #16
  • Dan_Scott157

    Mar 2, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #17

    By the way is it true that we have no fit central midfielders for the Man Utd game. I know Butt, Nolan and Barton are definitely out but does anyone know anything about Danny Guthrie. I know he had a hamstring injury but it seems a while since he picked that up.

  • hitman

    Mar 2, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #18

    beye i carnt get on the link what does it say.

  • Shot Bru

    Mar 2, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #19

    I notice that Owen, Guthrie and Gonzalez could all be back for the Hull match. Like DJG says Owen could be vital, especially against the sides around us, he’s generally one step ahead of poorer defenders in the prem. In those agames we have to be brave and attack these teams and start with our best 11 players available. Hughton should seriously consider ressurecting the Martins, Owen, Viduka partnership for these games, once these guys get going they all seem to thrive off each other, in particular Martins. I mean what is there to lose, we have limited options in midfield so we might as well play to our strengths by playing all three strikers.

  • Dan_Scott157

    Mar 2, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #20


    it says:

    NUFC And Kevin Keegan – Official Statement
    Newcastle United and Kevin Keegan confirm that they are engaged in a confidential arbitration process in relation to Kevin Keegan’s departure from the Club in September 2008 and that there will be no comment or statement by either side until the arbitration finishes.

  • hitman

    Mar 2, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #21


  • Nobby_Long

    Mar 2, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #22


    There’s every reason to suspect we won’t go to Hull & Stoke and pick up something – our away form is abyssmal.

    As for the home games Portsmouth, Fulham & Boro – by the time they c0me around we could be well & truly in the mire by then. The pressure would be immense to win.

    Although those games are going to be the most important to win, we have to try to get something out of the games v Man Utd, Arsenal & Chelsea – even if it is just to make sure we do not get humiliated and then heads could really drop.

    On Wednesday, we expect to lose – but we have to put up a fight – if we get stuffed then I will seriously worry about relegation.

    We have got to get behind the team and create a very intimidating atmosphere. That in itself is not easy at the minute. What worries me most, is that we have next to no centre-midfield.

  • Dan_Scott157

    Mar 2, 2009 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Looks like that 4-3-3 fomation may be enforced. I’ve just been checking and Guthrie will definitely miss the Man Utd game and he is likely to be the only midfielder fit for the Hull game aswell.

    J Barton: Metatarsal Fracture 4th Apr 09
    D Guthrie Hamstring Injury 14th Mar 09
    K Nolan: Suspended 21st March 09
    N Butt Knee injury No return date

    For Man U it may have to be:


    S. Taylor

    R. Taylor


  • Dan_Scott157

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #24

    I was going to say leave Gutierrez out cos he was shocking against Bolton but when you think of Geremi being in there you would perhaps even take a Jonas with no legs ahead of him.

  • Mag 48

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #25

    The fact is we’re not good enough and thats from the owner down The trouble with putting in extra effort when you have no talent is tackles like Nolan’s and Guthries etc I also think as Ive stated before it would ‘nt bother Ashley too much for us to go down He’d get rid of all the high money earners in one go! As he is not selling he won’t lose a great deal Sorry for more doom and gloom but we are rubbish!!

  • DJG

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #26


    Spot on mate.

    Another point against Man U would be priceless. But we have to think about our goal difference and maby just be content with keeping posession. Just my opinion like.

  • Dan_Scott157

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Man Utd key players that played 120 mins on Sunday are:


    Hopefully with Liverpool not beating boro on Sat they won’t see this as a game where they have to go all out to win even though they will obviously be trying to and that they may think of giving some of those players a rest particularly Ferdinand and Ronaldo. Saying that if we play with the same team we did on Sunday then i reckon their academy side could beat us.

  • DJG

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #28


    Good point, but I just think Man U have so much strength in depth it won’t make any difference and he will still put our a team much stronger than ours.

  • Ross

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Dan_Scott- From what i saw i wouldnt have said Jonas was shockin like. I did only see highlights though, if you were at the game/watching live you’ll have seen more than me!
    from what i saw though he seemed to be getting forward canny well when given the chance, stuck a lovely ball to the back post only for Oba to sadly fluff the header.
    The problem with Jonas for me, is that he seems to have the weight of the Tyne on his shoulders. Moment he gets the ball everyone is expecting something, expecting us to get forward because he’s the only one in our midfield at the moment who looks like he could really present us with a decent attacking opportunity on goal. If he doesnt play too well, seems like people are inclined to say he’s had a terrible game (im not directing this at you personally!), purely because our midfield has been exposed for what it is-severly lacking any creative/exciting input.

  • Dan_Scott157

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #30


    Yeh i know. The players that didn’t play or get many mins on Sunday are the likes of Rooney, Carrick, Vidic, Berbatov, Giggs. This lot will no doubt be starting against a team like us that hasn’t got one fit central midfielder to play at all.

  • Dan_Scott157

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #31


    I was at the game. He was bad. Most crosses were skied past every one and over the bar and most his passes hit the first man. He is very decieving when you watch him cos he looks very good until he gets near the opposition penalty area. I honestly could not see how he was an argentine international after watching him the other day. Saying that he can definitely play better and has done before.

  • hitman

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #32

    we have to right the manu game off,and go to hull and get 3 points this is a must.

  • Ross

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #33

    im (never thought i’d hear myself say this) really, really hoping smith gets a start on Wednesday like. We have no fit central mid’s and at least the lad will fight for the cause from the word go. He has a point to prove to the lot of us and having being sent off in his last outing against his old club, i could imagine him being really up for this one. Duff is injured by the looks of things?
    I could see us going with Smith and R. Taylor in the center, Jonas on one wing, Loven on the other. No doubt Strolla will start with Oba up front when everyone is screaming for Viduka to get a go. Carroll is back training aswell i think.

  • Ross

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Dan-fair enough mate, i didnt see enough of the game to make a proper opinion. I wont lie i’ve instantly learnt to love the lad since he arrived but he’s fallen into the trap along with the rest of our midfield-he really needs to work on his end product. Even Ryan Taylor’s final ball looked suspect from what i’ve seen and heard.

  • Dan_Scott157

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #35


    I wouldn’t put Ryan Taylor in the middle again. It clearly didn’t work yesterday against a very poor Bolton side. Taylor is versatile but certainly not a central player. He relies on getting wide to put crosses in. His whole game seemed to suffer yesterday though. His corners were worse that Geremi’s at times.

  • DJG

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #36

    Nothing to lose Team I would like to see on wed.


  • Ross

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #37

    Dan-who else do we have fit?, we’re really struggling here like. Do we start Geremi in the center? i mean, the last time i saw him sit into the center to replace Butt he didnt look bad, passed the ball around canny well but he was only on for 20 mins or so i think and the opposition certainly wasnt anywhere near the calibre of man utd, he just wouldnt be able to keep up.

    So as it stands-Nolan is suspended, Barton, Butt, Guthrie are injured..suggestions anyone? 🙁
    Sad times for us at the minute like.

  • Dan_Scott157

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #38

    What killed us off most the other day though was how long it took for us to change a team that was clearly dying after Bolton got the goal. I honestly think if the right changes were mad we could have got something as after Gardener scored they hardly got into our half. It needed Hughton to be brave and throw on someone like Lua Lua but the naivity of our coaching staff is there for all to see. Gary Megson may be a dog pump but his substitution brought them a goal. We have a selection policy that picks players based on seniority i.e Ameobi ahead of Carroll and Geremi ahead of Lua Lua and changes are never made until the last 10 mins unless they are enforced by injury.

  • oba_9

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #39

    look lads, i dont get why u are on the backs on nicky butt and shola so much.
    nicky butt was outstanding against everton and we need him in the midfield, coz even tho he is slow and his passing isnt brilliant, we need him as a shield for the back four, which he is awesome at doing. hes gna be a big miss
    and as for shola, nobody ever gives the lad a chance these days. i mean every time he loses the ball people call for him to come off, and people on here slagging him off. shola had a good game against bolton, better than many, but people still complained about him rather than others. anyway id start shola against man u, hes better than viduka and is a local boy so will try his heart out.
    weve gotta get behind the players even if u dont like them. howay the lads

  • Dan_Scott157

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #40


    Because we are decimated in the middle i say we go 4-3-3. Though Hughton and Calderwood aswell as Kinnear before then (all being former defenders by the way) are too old school and won’t have the balls to, even though it worked as recently as the end of last season and we still have the same personnel available to us. Everything they do is based on caution. We needed to go all out for it yesterday but kept things the same even though they were clearly not working. Expect the four most senior players who can play in midfield to start together, even if they aren;t in their rightful positions.

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