Chis Hughton has admitted he may need to change things around a bit against Plymouth today after Newcastle’s first defeat of the season at Blackpool.
Nile Ranger – could he get start today alongside Andy Carroll?
Chris should be ruthless today in his team selection and put out his most attacking team.
If we cannot do that against a bottom of the table side, there’s something wrong, and that’s even more true after suffering through our first loss on Wednesday night at the seaside.
Nicky Butt deserves to be dropped today, and we would like to see a Carroll – Lovenkrands or Carroll – Ranger partnership up front to start the game.
But Butt shouldn’t start, and if he does it tells us that Chris is playing a political game so as not to upset the 34 year-old. But hey the good of the team must always come before any one player, whoever he is.
Chris said today:
“The lack of chances in our last couple of games is a worry,” “It is something we have spoken about. To win football matches, you have to be creative and score goals.”
“We have been fortunate in that we have managed to have a very tight group of players who have been able to have a defensive discipline in the team, which has enabled us to keep clean sheets – but we need to be scoring more goals.”
“It is an option that we have got. I think probably Kevin Nolan is the nearest we have to a number ten as such, a more advanced midfield player that you know can almost pass as a front player.”
“That is one option we know we have with Kevin. We have done it with Danny Guthrie. We have employed that perhaps more because of the injuries we have had.”
“In the first game of the season, we were able to go with two big lads up front and that is certainly a very good option we have.” “Nile (Ranger) is an option alongside Andy (Carroll) against Plymouth.”
“There are a large number of games in a short period of time and at times, to get the best out of everybody, you have to freshen things up a bit.”
Newcastle’s first big upset in the Championship was a setback, but clubs will always raise their game against the Magpies, and the team should be ready for that in every single game, and it’s now obvious we weren’t ready or Blackpool on Wednesday, where the seasiders were clearly the better side throughout, and particularly in the first half.
“The club that we are, and the position we are in, the same questions were asked of us at the beginning of the season, and that’s always going to be the case I think.”
“We are always going to be judged at every stage. It is something we have to accept as a club. We are in this division and we just have to make sure we put ourselves in the best possible position to be able to bounce straight back.”
“It has hit home after the Blackpool defeat that we feel, so far, we have not had what we would call a real comfortable game.”
“We have had to battle hard for everything that we have got, that has hammered home to the players what a tough league this is.
“Irrespective of what quality we think we might have, if you are not performing at your best or you are below par, you can get beaten by anybody.” “In that first-half (at Blackpool) we were below the standards we have set ourselves in the previous games and, of course, that showed in the result.
“There is a desire here, we have lost a game now and we very much want to get back on to winning ways – and we have more scope now to change the team around.”
Job one today is 3 points, job two is to score goals, and job three is to keep a clean sheet – so a 3-0 or 4-0 win would be great.
But somehow we expect it to be much closer than that.