Three Players Back For Newcastle At Hull Saturday

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.

Chris continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.

65 comments so far

  • Weezertron

    Mar 9, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #1

    The lads have to do it. They have no choice. Do it.

    If we lose to hull then I will feel at ease with going down because we simply shouldn’t be staying up if we’re that bad.

    We’ll deserve it.

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 9, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #2

    …yeah Ed, I agree Hull struggle to score goals – unfortunately so do we. Coincidentally enough, both NUFC and Hull have scored 34 goals each this season.

    …surely we can change that this Saturday!(?)

    I hope we stick with the same line-up that started against Manure. And, more to the point, the players put in as much effort!

  • Girth

    Mar 9, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #3

    how nervous is the end to the season gonna be man!!!

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 9, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Team for hull





    Bring on owen about 70-65 mins

    Subs: Krul, Cacapa. Edgar, Duff, Owen, Ameobi, Carroll.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #5

    “I am not quite sure, but we are not really focusing so much on the points we feel we need to get”

    Errrr OK Chris.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Maybe they are focusing on how many points they won’t get instead : )

  • NE3 NICK

    Mar 9, 2009 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #7

    I am there on a corporate jolly with KC Comms. Cannot wait for the hospitality. Cacking it for the match!!

  • Steve_48

    Mar 9, 2009 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #8

    NE3 Nick – who are you there with – might know them as I’m too in the area

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 9, 2009 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #9

    haha SJT – If I were the team I’d be focusing on the total amount of potential points remaining, dividing that figure by 10, halving it, then multiplying by 20.

    …BS aside though, I agree with what CH is saying – we shouldn’t be aiming for a specific amount of points…

    ………….GET THE FKN LOT!!!

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #10

    I hope we do…surely he has an idea of points needed from which games though?

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 9, 2009 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #11

    sirjasontoon // Mar 9, 2009 at 9:50 PM —10

    …I’m sure he does SJT. I can understand the philosophy of not concentrating too much on the games we MUST get 3 points from – because we should go all out to get 3 points from EVERY game!

    But going on S Taylor’s earlier comments from ‘The Sunday People’………..(“I don’t think some of our players realise just how bad the situation is for us at the moment.”) coupled with the horrificlaly lethargic display at Bolton the other week, I’m beginning to think that maybe this has been a tactic that is currently backfiring(?)

    …anyway, I just hope the WHOLE team is now FULLY AWARE of the buket of sh1t we’re in- as late as it may be.

    Keep the Faith!

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #12

    Yeah chin up..been a shitty season and really gets me down.

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 9, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Three players back i was hoping a few of our three scouse centre midfielders would return, but obviusly not.

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 9, 2009 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Anyone read Collymore in the Mirror. He said that he is sure that Newcastle will definately go down.

    Abit premature i think. He dont know what hes on about anyway, he said we made poor signings…hardly true, we just havent signed enough. Spends his saturday night in a car park instead of watching football first or MOTD anyway.

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 9, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Robby Bobson

    Are you the same ‘Robby Bobson’ off team talk?

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 9, 2009 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #16


  • Rodzilla

    Mar 9, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #17

    …howman SJT, there really is no point in worrying about anything until it happens – life’s too short mate! Be confident! Negativity helps no-one.

    I wouldn’t let Stardust affect you too much either. He can appear quite abrupt/insulting at times and could maybe approach debate with a tad more diplomacy sometimes, but at the end of the day we’re all just Newcastle fans that want the best (apart from that obnoxious tw@t bennytoon) and each of us have valid opinions.

    Even if our views differ, so fu<k. We’re entitled to them. Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of the season!

  • bobby_ollox

    Mar 9, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Not sure that 3 new players back is such a good thing, other than to have some strength on the bench. I would rather the team that did so well against Man U were given first dibs.

    None of them care, and thats what we need on saturday.

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 9, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #19

    bobby_ollox, I’d agree.

    Having Owen on the bench is a bonus I suppose, but he’s hardly looked threatening this season and always seems rusty.

    …got to be better than Ameobi though!

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Mar 9, 2009 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #20

    If Nicky Butt starts we be fubar as it is not really suprissing that the end of the bolton match and the whole of Moan Utd game we played better with him not being on the pitch if he is to start I might just stay in the booser, get wasted, take the abuse in my local in hull, grab a pizza and walk home.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Rodzilla,BennyToon only comes on when the library is open or he uses the computers at the local dole office.

    I just ignore him aswell.

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 9, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Waldo, I’d definatley play Smith over Butt. He played his heart out in his last game. Exactly the kind of player we need to get us through. Needs to keep an eye on his temperament though.

    I’d pair him with Nolan (after the ban). Now there’s a couple of feisty centres! We’re sorted for that kind of player when Guthrie and Barton are back. I’d be spoilt for choice! At least with a lot of aggressive central midfielders we’ll have enough to cover for suspensions 😀

  • Toon Down Under

    Mar 9, 2009 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #23

    I reckon Stan Collymore’s comments weren’t that far off considering how the club has performed over the past three season.

    The bad signings line is untrue, although 16 mil on Owen would have been better spend back in the day on Anelka plus somebody else!

    If we do go down, that is terrible, but it may let us start from scratch & off load a few players riding the Newcastle Gravy train

  • Prince Bassong

    Mar 9, 2009 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #24

    I loved Collymore’s comment of needing 4 wins to stay up and not being able to see where they are coming from like if we get 3 wins and 3 draws then we’re screwed.

  • royrjmk

    Mar 9, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #25

    I don’t believe it we are still top of the charts

  • mcvicar

    Mar 10, 2009 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #26

    is that the same collymore who said the smoggys would get 2 more points this season and that was the day before the liverpool game. im sick to death of people like him saying there defenetly going down when nobody knows

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 10, 2009 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #27

    Barton-Guthrie for me every time.

    As much as I dont rate Duff, I hope he plays over Ryan Taylor, he has been really poor since he arrived.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 10, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #28

    Good news in the football world. Yassine Chikhaoui still has a career. Would hate to see one of the most talented African footballers I have ever seen have to end his career because of injury at 21.

  • messi_is_king

    Mar 10, 2009 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #29

    whens that african lad back like? wonder if any of the big clubs will go in for him

  • messi_is_king

    Mar 10, 2009 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #30

    adel taarabt is a talent aswell. dunno why he duznt get more playin time at spurs

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 10, 2009 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #31

    The question is, when he gets fit, ‘what big clubs WONT go in for him’, very few IMO.

    Should be back in like 1-2 months, so overall he would have been out for 10 months.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 10, 2009 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #32

    Because Taarabt doesn’t know how to pass a ball.

  • messi_is_king

    Mar 10, 2009 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #33

    thats coz he only ever gets like 10 min cameo appearence so trys to impress so much

    he certainly has the passing ability tho

    the toon missed a trick not goin for him when he was out of favor with jande ramos

  • messi_is_king

    Mar 10, 2009 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #34

    ive got a bad feelin that hull will be tough to beat on saturday

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 10, 2009 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #35

    I dont. They are dire and their home form is the worst in the league.

  • messi_is_king

    Mar 10, 2009 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #36

    so u think we’ll win? well its 1 of our few seriously winnable games left. bound to hav bit more confidence after thier win at fulham tho. n we havnt won in ages now

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 10, 2009 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #37

    Anything can happen in football, but I’m pretty confident of a win.

  • messi_is_king

    Mar 10, 2009 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #38

    well hopefully barcelona or arsenal will win the champions league, rather than the boring tactical teams

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 10, 2009 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #39

    Hmmm, I have a soft spot for Bayern. Might put a bet on them to go all the way. Big Ribery fan.

  • messi_is_king

    Mar 10, 2009 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #40

    ribery is miles away from messi tho, as is every1 else


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