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.
“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.
“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!!