We Need To Score A Lot More Goals – Hughton


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.

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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.

Chris continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.



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24 comments so far

  • nzedtoonman

    Sep 19, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Ok my prophecy , Nufc 2 Plymouth 1 , its about right , as we haven’t got a lot up front with shola out , and we are a bit scarey at the back at the mo !!

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 19, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #2

    maybe just maybe we will see Butt and Barton dropped Butt is so slow and an accident waiting to happen and Barton just seems that he is not fully fit or his head just doesnt seem to be in it.

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  • shrews mag

    Sep 19, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #3

    … trust me … 4 – 0 …

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  • batty

    Sep 19, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #4

    shrews mag // Sep 19, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    … trust me … 4 – 0 …
    <<<<aye i 2nd that sed it yesterday m8

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 19, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Batty hows tricks Buddy

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 19, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #6

    I think if we drop Butt and Barton today we might score a few more as Guthrie has been playing well and i dont think he should have to make way for Butt

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 19, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Hughton says we need more goals.

    Wow, nothing gets past him does it?

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  • batty

    Sep 19, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #8

    alreet dave m8 pissed off with me eldest lad hes just had another tattoo done on his leg thats 8 hes got now

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  • batty

    Sep 19, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Stuart79 // Sep 19, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Hughton says we need more goals.

    Wow, nothing gets past him does it?
    <<<<thats what makes him a top manager lol

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 19, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Batty he could be doing a lot worse things mate and it is the in thing now. what did he get on his leg and does that mean you dont like tattoos or just the type he is getting

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 19, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Big Dave // Sep 19, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Batty he could be doing a lot worse things mate and it is the in thing now. what did he get on his leg and does that mean you dont like tattoos or just the type he is getting

    His boyfriends name…. lol

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  • batty

    Sep 19, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #12

    dave he had some dragon on his leg hes got a barcode and his raf number across the bottom of his back and the newcastle badge on his back england flag on his other leg and toon army on his shoulder which he had done wen he was 16 and i found oot wen he was 19 lol

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Batty tell him not to keep getting tats in different places he will regret them. if he wants to get more tats done he should work in areas like a half sleeve then if he wants more he could get another half sleeve then if he still wants more he could fill his back. If he wants he can get intouch with me and i could help him out with ideas mate

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  • NUFCburrough93

    Sep 19, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #14

    i think he should definately start he holds the ball up really well and could even get a few goals

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  • Ericles

    Sep 19, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #15

    An attacking team means no Butt. An attacking team means Lovenkrands starts. Barton is not a left winger either. I would stick with Ranger and Carroll up front too. What about trying the Georgian sometime too?

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  • stevep

    Sep 19, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #16

    we should beat plymouth without to many probs – anyone got a link to watch the match?

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  • G

    Sep 19, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Got a good feeling about this one, I reckon we will get 5 goals today.

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  • G

    Sep 19, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #18

    I aint checked stevep, but have a look at:

    http://www.iraqgoals.net/

    Lots of footy on there generally.

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  • Paul141726

    Sep 19, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Please-whoever plays in our midfield against Plymouth—SHOOT THE DAMN BALL! This will open up the chances for the front men.

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  • Tino 11

    Sep 19, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #20

    The match won’t be on, it’s not being shown on any UK or abroad tv stations so there won’t be any streams. Any links like “live footy blogspot” are always false, people post the links which just take you to sites where you have to pay and they get money every time you click on the links.

    The only time there are genuine links to our games are if they’ve been on Sky or BBC or a foreign channel.

    Saturday 3pm games are hardly ever going to be televised. None of the pay sites have any better coverage than the free sites like justin tv, iraq goals, myp2peu and p2p4u so never pay for a link.

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  • Steve_48

    Sep 19, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Not bothered how many goals we score as long as it’s always one more than they do!

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Sep 19, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #22

    That’s nice.
    Burnley 1 Unwashed 0

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  • toonsy

    Sep 19, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #23

    Hughton -“We need more goals”

    Answer, drop Nicky Butt and play 2 strikers!

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 19, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #24

    i had a call from someone and he thinks it could be shown on some sat channels, i have a large motorized dish but its down at the moment as i need to re site it because i could not get all the sat-alights to the west. another job i need to do soon.

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