Chris Hughton has said Newcastle will attack Arsenal and Chelsea, when they come to Newcastle in the next two games, just like we did against Macnhester United.
But why didn’t we go all out and attack Hull on Saturday?
Chris Hughton – we’ll attack top four sides
Chris talked to the local Shields Gazette:
“I think we have got to have an offensive option against the top four.”
“If you allow your Manchester Uniteds, Arsenals and Chelseas, teams with that type of quality, that much of the ball and that much of possession, ultimately they will break you down, and their quality will show.”
“You’re also lifted in the game if you can have a good enough period where you can get them on the back foot. That can give you a lift and inspire the lads to push on even more so.”
“And I thought we were able to do that for long periods.” “The game plan was to play Obafemi Martins up front, with Peter Lovenkrands giving us a little bit of security at the point of midfield.”
“But we wanted to break fast ourselves, and we were able to do that.”
“What we would like to be able to do is have a settled team, but because of injuries we haven’t been able to do that.”
We’re fine that we will attack Arsenal and Chelsea in our next next two games, but why we didn’t we go all out and attack Hull City on Saturday, we have no idea.
After all, that was a game we could have, and should have won – but it was Hull who started the game attacking Newcastle, and they got the early goal for theri attacking start too.
We cannot play one way against top teams at home, and not do the same thing against inferior opposition – that’s a recipe for disaster, and we seem to be proving that way of playing doesn’t get us too many points.
For every one of the 9 league games remaining, we need to have a plan to win it, and if that’s not by attacking the opposition, we’d like to understand why not. If we are to go down this year, at least let’s go down with all guns blazing.
Weak heart never won fair maiden – Fortune favors the brave – or however else you want to put it – but it takes bravery and courage to survive, and we didn’t show enough of it last Saturday.
Shame on us.