Newcastle were hopeless at home last season getting just 22 points from our 19 home games.
Chris Hughton – keen to get off to a good home start tomorrow
And our goal difference at home wasn’t too good either with 24 goals scored and 29 goals conceded.
Add the fact we won only two games away all season at Portsmouth and WBA, and that’s why we were relegated and deserved to be, if the truth be told.
Chris Hughton is now trying to get the lads off to a good start at home tomorrow, and he talked about last season.
Chris told the Evening Chronicle today:
“To look at why we didn’t win for so many months last season, you have to analyze the whole season.”
“We’ve now got the chance to wipe out those memories and start looking forward.” “The answer is the fact we got relegated and we weren’t as good a side as we needed to be.”
“I think it’s simple and the only way to look at it.” “Now we look for the momentum we lacked last season.”
“There hasn’t been a time where we have had two or three games where we could win two or three on the spin, but that time has to be now.”
“That’s what we have to do this season.” “Winning games is OK but we need to do it back to back.” “The teams that get promoted go on those type of runs.”
Reading are the visitors tomorrow, and the last time we played them we won comfortably 3-0, when Kevin Keegan was back at the club in April, 2008.
This coming Wednesday we will host Sheffield Wednesday, followed by home games with Huddersfield in the Carling Cup and a Monday night clash with Leicester to end the games in August.
“We are looking forward very much to be playing at St James’s Park again.”
“On the back of what we feel was a good result against West Brom, to be going into two home games at this stage of the season is certainly a plus for us.
“But it’s only a plus if we get the required results from the games.” “It gives us a chance to establish ourselves at the start of the season.”
“There is no doubt that our philosophy has to be that we must do well at home.” “We must make St James’ into a fortress – that is a cliche but it is how we should be thinking.”
“Going into our first game with Reading tomorrow, we know the opposition are tough, but we know we have to win.”
Chris is right there, whatever happens tomorrow, as long as we get all 3 points, that’s the most important thing.
We must do well in our 5 league games in August, so we get off to a decent start, and hopefully by the end of August we’ll also have brought in a number o0f new players to balance out the squad.
If we can do that then not too much will have been lost even though we’ve all had a nightmare summer with Mike Ashley.