Newcastle Have To Continue Blood And Guts Performances


In the fantastic start Newcastle have made this season, with an initial  draw at WBA, followed by 5 consecutive wins, coach Chris Hughton leaves no doubt in anybody’s mind, that it is the Newcastle players who deserve all the credit.

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Chis Hughton – credit goes to the players alone


Newcastle of course are top of the Championship now with 4 wins in a row and 4 clean sheets ina row to boot, and are 2 points clear of the pack.

With that record, the lads have been solid in defense and surely the back four of Simpson, Taylor Coliccini and Enrique are the best in the league – certainly they are the best paid.

It seems that in pre-season Chris and Colin Calderwood have been very successful in convincing the playing squad that their job is on the field, and on the field only.

And any nonsense off it they should simply ignore.

All Newcastle supporters ever want to see from their team, is the guts and fight on the field, and a passionate commitment and determination to bring success to Newcastle – in fact everything that was missing last season.

Chris told the official web site today:

“Any plaudits must go to the players,” “They defend as a team and to go four league matches now without conceding is fantastic.”

“If you do that then the chances are you’re going to win games and that is what’s happened.”

The other way to look at this is that the players have already had 12 months experience of playing for an owner who knows nothing about the game of football and how to run a club. The players may be getting used to it.

And the club should learn that one of the things that just didn”t work last season was to keep switching managers, and therefore the playing styles of the team.

That makes  it so hard to have a settled – and winning side.  But that may be exactly what happens in the next  few weeks if a new owner comes in.

But you can never accuse Newcastle of doing anything the easy way can you?

And if the players ever get complacent this season, and want to be reminded again of why the have to play with blood and guts in every single game, they only need go back to late May this year, when hundreds of club employees lost their jobs within the first week following our relegation.

And it was through no fault of their own.  But life is never fair is it?

If the lads can continue their good form, along with the excellent results and get the club back to the Premier League next season, Newcastle can hire again and start building the club once again.

And maybe it will be the start of a resurgence at the Tyneside club – which is of course sorely needed.

Comments welcome.



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8 comments so far

  • alkinou

    Sep 6, 2009 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Yes we can be happy about the situation now, the lads are doing there job and correctly for once. But let’s not forget we’re in the Championship. I find it hard to predict how well we’d do in the Premier League IF we go up based on this season.
    Look at West Brom, they seemed a fine club in the Championship but then had a terrible season. I’m just saying this so Toon fans don’t have their hopes too much up, but now let’s enjoy what they’re offering us at the moment.

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 6, 2009 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed Harrison

    You must really be struggling for content with the international break Ed. Like me you probably can’t wait for the league games to recommence. We need a premiership level performance if we want to take the points home from Cardiff. They look a good, organised side and i wouldn’t mind a point each to be honest.

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  • batty

    Sep 6, 2009 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #3

    ed if have have some luck with injurys we will win the leauge comftabley

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 6, 2009 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #4

    alkinou

    To be fair, West Brom were a better side than the rest of the teams that finished in an around the relegation zone. There problems lay in two areas. First of all, Tony Mowbray didn’t invest well enough when trying to bolster his striking options in the first half of the season. Secondly, he relied on promising, young defenders to do a job for him against top level strikers. Two very bad mistakes. We all know that in the prem, if you haven’t got proper goalscorers and experienced defenders the chances are you are going to get relegated. However, as a footballing side, West Brom were the best side outside of the top four last season, and i mean that.

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  • Trent Toon

    Sep 7, 2009 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #6

    If we get into the premier league, our finances will be very healthy… We cut a good 30 million in wages off already, and that gives us an opportunity to get out of debt and give us a transfer kitty of 10 million… (2 or 3) Goodish players

    Then maybe if Ashley stays on he will inject a further 20-30 million to buy players and this will mean 5-6 Good players… If we sell off our dead wood then perhaps accumulate another 5-10 million and alot more off our wage bill making room for the new players wages it would be good… Also TV rights are expected to go up next year, so perhaps even a bit more money to pay off anymore debt that may be out standing…

    Or even perhaps make a club savings account? Accumulate a good 20-30 million in the bank just in case we get relegated again and then subsidise the 2nd division season with that! That means we could still hold onto good players and it wouldn’t become a mass exodus… – But lets not count on it!

    What do you think? Agree or Disagree?

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  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 7, 2009 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Sick of hearing Hughton saying “This group of lads” in tv interviews, come on Chris, discard the robot mode and loosen up a bit.

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  • premier

    Sep 7, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Blood and Guts?
    The Entertainers surely!!

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