Chris Hughton believes there will be a new sense of urgency after the international break, because of Newcastle’s low league position, 3rd bottom right now, but why hasn’t there been urgency over the last several weeks?
Chris Hughton – 3rd bottom will focus the mind
Newcastle fans have been sweating bricks over the last few weeks, as we have just a single win in the last 14 games (is that our worst run ever?), so there hasn’t been that urgency at the club with the players?
Chris Hughton said today:
“I think that there’s always a different feel when you’re in that bottom three – that is the defining line,”
“We’ve known for a while this will be a tough end to the season – certainly if we didn’t get results. But I think it’s right to say that it does focus your mind.”
“I think for those that didn’t realize it’s going to be a tough end to the season, they certainly realize now.”
That’s an odd last line because we are only in the position we’re in right now, because we have taken just 2 points from our last 5 league games.
If we had taken even 7 points from those games we’d be 12th right now, so it’s only because we’ve done so bad with Chris in charge, that we now know it will be really tough through the end of the season.
There are still enough games for us to recover, but we’ll need to put a winning streak together to get out of the big trouble we are in, and draws will not do it.
If we go on an unbeaten streak and draw every game through the end of the season, we’ll end up with 38 points, and likely be relegated.