Hughton – Time To Regroup For Ipswich Town

Tuesday’s emphatic defeat at Peterborough in the Carling Cup shows some of the problems that confront Chris Hughton in trying to mount a challenge for success and promotion this season.

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Colin and Chris – good and decent coaches

As we have said we were not too disappointed at going out of the cup, because job one this season has to be the league and getting promoted.

And although the young guns on Tuesday were disappointing in that one game, they have hardly been written off  by the Newcastle manager.

But have the youngsters let the club down?

Chris addressed that today:

“No. We’d prefer not to look at it like that. If we could turn back the clock we’d prefer to still be in the competition and to have won the game,” .

“Our thoughts going into the game were we wanted to win it. (But it) wasn’t to be and we have to regroup now – as we did after the Blackpool game.”

The emphasis certainly is on regrouping, and preparing the team for tomorrow’s so important game at Ipswich.

And with Danny Simpson likely out with his ankle injury, right back may be given to Ryan Taylor, but why wouldn’t Chris give a chance to Zurab Khizanishvili there.

Or even play the Georgian in central defense with Coloccini, and move the capable Steven Taylor to right back?

Things that Chris is no doubt pondering before the team is announced tomorrow afternoon.

Comments welcome.

2 comments so far

  • TerryMac

    Sep 25, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #1

    In an already long season going out of the carling cup is probably the best thing that could happen to us. Look at our last two seasons in the Prem, we have hardly had a great fitness level and that was the full squad now we are down to the bare bones. Well done Chris lets just get back up to the Prem

  • Jay jay

    Sep 25, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Anybody else scared to death that nicky butt might play, when he plays, we lose. I get annoyed watching him give the ball away every time he gets it. Time to hang the boots up, because he just cant do it any more


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