Chris Hughton has talked today about how the Newcastle squad is preparing to fight relegation, and there’s also some good news in that Michael Owen, Nicky Butt and Damien Duff should all be available for the next vital game at Hull City on Saturday.
Chris Hughton – no points total
And Chris has also refused to come up with some points total, that the Newcastle club is after to survive.
But if the team are going into every game with a plan to win it, and the lads are ready and willing to give 100% effort and determination, what’s the need for a points total? Take each game as it comes and try to win every single one of them, and get all 3 points.
Chris talked today about the situation in the relegation zone:
“It changes from week to week when everybody starts looking at the bottom few clubs and results they don’t expect them to get, and they are getting those results.”
“I am not quite sure, but we are not really focusing so much on the points we feel we need to get, it’s about looking after our business and getting as many points as we can.”
“We have a group of lads here who are very aware of where we are at the moment, who are very aware of what the scrap will be, as will the numerous players at the numerous clubs who are in the same position as we are.”
“We have just got to make sure we have enough battling qualities to get away from that group.”
And the good news is that it looks like we’ll have three additional players fit for Saturday’s game at Hull City, which should give Hughton one or two selection posers, which is good.
“Damien and Nicky should be okay for Hull,” “That is a boost given their experience.
Add to that Michael Owen and we have three players who will be important for us between now and the end of the season.”
Probably only Nicky Butt will start the game on Saturday, and we expect both Duff and Owen to start on the bench, but expect Michael to get some playing time, and how much will likely depend on how we do.
If we can win the game fairly easily he may only see about 15 minutes of playing time, but if we’re behind, look for him to be introduced earlier.
This is a MUST WIN game for Newcastle, it’s as simple as that, and one of the keys to the game, is that our defense must be as solid as a rock, since Hull have trouble scoring goals.
If Hull beat us they will go 7 points ahead of us, with 9 games remaining, but if we win we will be within a point of them.