Difficult For Chris Hughton Tonight Against Red Devils


Chris Hughton has the task of preparing the Newcastle side for the crucial Premier League game against World Club Champions, Manchester United, tonight at St. James’ Park.

chris-hughton-460

Chris Hughton – difficult game tonight

While Manchester United were winning the Carling Cup Final on penalties on Sunday, they will field a side with maybe 7 or 8 changes from the side that played in that game, and beat Spurs, so their players, unfortunately, will still be very fresh.

To say they have a very strong squad is an understatement and they could probably field several sides that would be too good for Newcastle tonight.

Once thing we want to preserve tonight is our decent goal difference. Well, let’s say it’s decent among the relegation sides at -10, and that could be important to us in the run-in if things get tight at the bottom of the league.

Last year Manchester United hit us for 11 goals in our two Premier League games, and we only scored one so those two games cost us -10 in our goal difference, and a big defeat is the very last thing we need tonight.

Chris Hughton seems to be looking for at least a point and he spoke to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“It’s very important,” “We’re under no illusions as to how difficult a game it will be. With the injuries we have, it will probably be more so. And there’s the form Man United are in.”

“But there are various things we can get out of the game. The first objective, the most important, is some sort of result. Secondly is to get some sort of pride from the performance.”

“It threatens to be a backs-to-the-wall mission, but Newcastle must get the balance right.”  “We can’t play too open and expansive a game because, with the players they’ve got, that’s a recipe for disaster,”

“We’ve got to be compact enough to restrict their opportunities and space. But we also have to have a threat ourselves. If we don’t, it’s only a matter of time before they break you down.”

We shouldn’t over-estimate Manchester either, although what they’ve achieved so far this season, makes that rather difficult to do.

We’ll have to hope that for once they have an off day, and that Newcastle can manage to score against them, which hasn’t proved easy for many teams these last four months or so.

The Manchester defense hardly ever concedes goals these days, and in fact Edwin van der Sar hasn’t let in a goal since November 8th, so he’s obviously due to let one in tonight, if he plays.

A draw seems the best we can do – but football can be a strange game at times, and we at least expect the lads to be ready for this one.

There’s not much to do right now, than hope for the very best.

Comments welcome.



You can share this articleShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePin on PinterestDigg thisShare on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on Tumblr

38 comments so far

  • danny18

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #1

    it is a case of how many do man u want to score tonight im afraid! would be happy with a performance to be proud of and not to get beat 2 many for goal difference reasons.never the less il be shouting for the toon 2 win at sky sports news tonight!anyone no a link for the match?but pretty sure its not on tv at all.TOON TOON BLACK AND WHITE ARMY!!!

    0
  • magforlife

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #2

    If he starts with two forwards like we did against Liverpool it will be suicide as our midfield will be over run and if Amadonkey is playing we are goosed.

    0
  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Chris would make it easier for him if he left Ameobi out cause me belive that he would get a lot of stick if he gets a start again

    0
  • ginkoh

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s mission impossible for us especially we have Hughton on our helm. Good day to die.

    0
  • danny18

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Completely agree with the ameobi and haughton comments.nether are good enough for newcastle

    0
  • bennytoon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Just a quick point about posters slagging off players.

    On the main spurs site of which i am a member we have quite a few members who are parents and family members of spurs players. Admittedly of the younger players of whom most are in the reserves. A few of the younger members also post on the site under various names. I am telling you this as it would be naieve to think that comments on blogs such as these dont get back to players. Have a search for some of your younger players on facebook and i am sure there are lots on there. I am sure those same players search the internet to see what fans think of them. So you calling Ameobi a donkey might be funny on here but dont be surprised if he doesnt put in as much effort.

    0
  • Whumpie

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    I worry about the team’s stamina. Last time we battled all the way to 0-0 at half time, only to let 6 in over the next 45 minutes. Trouble is, our bench will be full of strikers and kids. Poor Doninger may get the ultimate baptism of fire if a starting player’s legs go.

    We have Smith and Geremi, and while they get a lot of stick, they have the experience and qualities we need tonight and could be key to whether we get utterly humped or not. Everyone needs to track back and protect the back 4; if the likes of Rooney and Ronaldiver get to them, we’re already in trouble.

    While I can see the logic in a 5-man midfield, we haven’t had the practice in that formation and we’ll be running into ourselves. Better to use Viduka’s ball-holding skills and hope he can sneak one, while Martins should occasionally remind their back 4 that we’re not short of pace.

    0
  • faustino

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed, Can you find a photo where Mr Hughton doesn’t look terrified and/or in despair please and stick to it. Maybe the smiley handshake one form when he signed?

    The one you keep using depresses me it really does.

    0
  • danny18

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9

    we will be completely outclassed in midfield if old man no pace geremi starts ,man u will run rings around us.i think it would be best with r.taylor and smith in the centre and agree that viduka should start up front for the ball holding skills

    0
  • Kash

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #10

    @Benny – Mate, i’ll tell you this. I know of Shola, he went to a neighbouring school, and I was on a stag do with 4 of his closest pals, who were all at his wedding (which coincidentally, only one footballer was present too, Michael Chopra).

    Even they say he’s cr@p for us. He knows he’s not the greatest, but he keeps getting picked. He doesn’t have any confidence issues, as he’s a very tough character!

    And i’ll say it again, Shola is proper rubbish, and Carrol should be played ahead of him tonight!

    0
  • Kash

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #11

    @Benny – And I hope players, their families and friends come on this blog and see what we think of them.

    These players need a kick up the @rse as most are not good enough to play in this league!

    0
  • Whumpie

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #12

    Benny – totally agree.

    And anyone giving anything else but full support to the team and managers tonight deserves to be hoofed out of SJP. We like to be the 12th man, and we should no more expect to get away with heckling than any of the players or staff.

    Full, loud support tonight. Nothing else.

    0
  • bennytoon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #13

    kash- but they are low on confidence as it is and the last thing they will need is being told they are crap by the fans.

    0
  • RememberShearer

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #14

    I have to say our HISTORY, FANS are great but that alone does NOT mean we are to stay in the prem…WE ARE GOING DOWN, unless these clowns start playing football….there is NO SUCH THINGS AS TOO GOOD TO GO DOWN…anyone of the bottom 7-10 clubs could be relegated this season, and if not for there position Manchester united could even be relegated (OBVIOUSLY NOT THIS SEASON) but you get my drift!!!!! WE are heading for the championship…UNLESS these current players start playing like we have seen them play for previous clubs they played for!!! Play as a TEAM, share the ball around, pass firm and short, get rid of the long balls, unless CLEARING our lines (defence)…shit GIVE me the managers job…..we need decent crosses into the box, players to have a shot if they are in sight of goal, within the 18 yard box, or just outside, HOWAY man, get that ball in the back of the net….goals will save us….START WITH MARTINS AND CARROLL, OR MARTINS AND VIDUKA, OR MARTINS AND LOVENKRANDS…ameobi can’t play for shit, he couldn’t save his life if it came down to playing football to stay alive, I mean why didn’t we SELL AMEOBI?????!!!!!!!!!! HE IS SHIITE!!!!!!!!!!
    Jonas MUST START, MARTINS MUST START, get it right, the players that played against everton and bolton aren’t doing their jobs, threaten them with their wages, if we don’t win matches NO PAY…if we don’t stay up NO PAY!!!!!!!!!!! AND ONE LAST THING….to ASHLEY>>>>>GET OUT OF MY CLUB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0
  • danny18

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #15

    bennytoon- the fans are only really singleing out shola,he keeps geting picked even though he has done nothing to deserve it.dont play a player whos low on confidence especially shola!! give someone else a chance

    0
  • magforlife

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #16

    The issue with Amadonkey is that the majority of fans know he is not good enough at this level so why do the management , ( past and present ) continue to play him. For gods sake hes been at the club for years, its not as if he hasnt had a chance to prove himself. Its no coincidence that when he is in the side we play poor.

    0
  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #17

    I would support the team even if Ameobi is selected (dont have much choice) but I would not have any sympathy for the manager when his team looses..

    0
  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #18

    But I would sure have sympathy for the team and supporters of course

    0
  • Kash

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #19

    @Benny – You can’t polish a turd. Just like you can’t tell someone who’s SH1T at there job, that they’re the best one in the company/squad etc etc.

    I’m always telling people they’re sh1t at what they do, because it gives them the desire to do a better job, I got exactly the same treatment when I was learning my job, and I still get old when i’m not performing.

    If players can’t take criticism, then they should drop to a league where they easily out perform there opponents!

    0
  • coyote

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #20

    benny

    don’t spurs have their own blog you can go on and spare us all your thoughts?
    Ed: get him barred this blog is for toon fans and not p**s takers

    0
  • Kash

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #21

    @Coyote – Benny has not been untoward in any of his comments, nor has he been insulting or abusive.

    A fair few people, including Ed, appreciate Benny’s comments. He gives us an impartial, albeit bias towards Spuds, view!

    0
  • Kash

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #22

    Plus he’s an outsider looking into the Toon goldfish bowl!

    0
  • Johno Toon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #23

    I think bennytoon is fairly funny and his comments always helps the banter flow

    0
  • Kash

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #24

    Alot of the idiots that used to throw abuse at him have now gone, so the banter is fairly civil!!!

    0
  • Whumpie

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #25

    I can’t believe I’m defending Benny against everyone else, but…

    With the likes of Kash, ToonSweden and MagforLife about, what chance of an upturn in performance? What makes you think that abusing the dugout does anything but destroy the confidence of the players?

    You see matches. Sometimes. You do not talk to the players. You do not watch them in training. You have to accept that when it comes to selection, you (and me) don’t know s***t.

    Inside that ground you support. On here, if all you’re going to do is call for the head of everyone involved in NUFC, then you really need to go elsewhere, because this forum is for SUPPORTERS. Clue’s in the name.

    0
  • Kash

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #26

    Whumpie I take your comments on board, but I don’t agree. The whole point of a blog is about debate and opinion!

    Maybe you’re the one who should leave, because it sould like you don’t like opposing opinions!

    0
  • Kash

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #27

    Plus I call it as I see it! Why try to ignore p1ss poor performances and hope for better next time round.

    Fair enough if players train well, and may look amazing in training. But they;re not putting in the performance on the pitch.

    If you can’t do it on the night, then you’re not worthy of a starting place!

    0
  • Whumpie

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #28

    So you think your right to shout abuse is more important than results? Do you not think the two may be linked?

    0
  • ginkoh

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Nothing to loss for you Hughton

    0
  • Whumpie

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #30

    And while I get your point about debate, all I’m saying is that some people seem to do nothing but criticise, which makes me wonder why they bother? If someone hates everything about a club, why claim to support it?

    0
  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Whumpie, do you honestly belive that our comments on this board makes Ameobi play worse or better?

    0
  • Whumpie

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #32

    It’s the double-standard that gets me. These same people are happy to claim their bit of credit when we get a result – all about the 12th man and all. Yet they can’t apply the same logic to the impact their abuse is having.

    Of course it makes us play worse – does anyone think Shola hears all this and thinks “damn, I must try harder” and actually improves? Of course not – his confidence goes through his boots and his performance with it.

    On here, fair enough, but in the stadium? The hecklers are as much to blame as the players.

    0
  • Whumpie

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #33

    Toon Sweden77 – to answer your question… um.. dunno. I don’t know if Benny is right that players and their families read this stuff. To be honest, if they do, they need to be prepared to read stuff they won’t like. “Never read your own reviews” and all that.

    But what I am trying to say is two separate things:

    1. If you heckle your own side at the match, you’re no supporter and you are definitely driving performances down. You are part of the problem, not the solution.

    2. If you need to criticise someone or something on here, fine – where’s the point without it? But if you look back on all your posts and they are nothing but criticism… go take up something else, ‘cos this clearly makes you miserable. Try ice hockey or mountain biking or summat.

    0
  • Kash

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #34

    “On here, if all you’re going to do is call for the head of everyone involved in NUFC, then you really need to go elsewhere, because this forum is for SUPPORTERS.” – Whumpie

    “On here, fair enough, but in the stadium?” – Whumpie

    You’ve just contradicted yourself!

    0
  • Kash

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #35

    It seems like you’re singling out the wrong people Whumpie. I always try to attach a conclusive point to mny observations. Thats why I come on this blog, to have some debate on my views and opinions!

    You and no one else, will make me change my stance, or make me leave a blog. I would appreciate it, if you would refrain from trying to tell me that I should leave this blog or take up a different hobby, because I want to talk to others about my frustrations.

    Maybe you should start the “heckling police” in the ground, and get your point across to the heckling non supporters, as you put it?!

    0
  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #36

    If we wasnt supporting Newcastle United we wouldnt care whos selected, right?

    Most of us do support Newcastle on here, at least they should if they are on a Newcastle-blogg, and in the case of Ameobi most us has seen that hes performances hasnt been premierleague standard and it makes you wonder why hes selected again and again.

    And Im not heckle the side at the match, has never been at a match and if I ever were to go to a match I would give nothing but support for the team.

    0
  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #37

    0
  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #38

    0

You must log in to post a comment.