Chris Hughton Trying To Use Newcastle Squad Effectively


It was a bit of a surprise on Saturday when both Andy Carroll and Nile Ranger were left out of the starting eleven for the home game with Bristol City.

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Andy Carroll – started on the bench Saturday
It had been expected that Marlon Harewood would start and that probably 18 year-old Nile Ranger would make way, but Chris decided to have Danish International Peter Lovenkrands partner Marlon up front, and it shows that Chris has some choice now in some positions.

Chris has to start to try to use the squad, as small as it is, to give players a rest, as the games in this division continue to come thick and fast. It’s equivalent to being in the Premier League and also having a good run in Europe, as most weeks we will play a couple of games.

Chris talked about Andy today:

“Andy’s done very well for us,” “He’s played three games on the spin having been out for a month.”

“I felt midweek he dipped a little bit towards the end of the game, and when you’ve got a squad, you’ve got to use it.”

“We know Lovenkrands is a different type of player, and I just felt at home, we could freshen things up a little bit.”

Those are good tactics by Chris, who seems to be coming more and more into his own as a manager, as the season progresses.

Certainly the players have tremendous admiration for him, both as a coach and for his unbelievable work ethic.

He is becoming a great example for the squad, and some of his many good points seem to be rubbing of on our players.

And it doesn’t hurt that the man is as straight as a dye.

Comments welcome.



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5 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 5, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #1

    I thought Loover looked inefective for most of the game, but to be fair, he is still probs a bit ring rusty. It makes sense to rest the young players, regardless of their energy and enthusiasm, there is such a thing as burn-out. We did have one of those games where, regardless of who we had on the field, it just wasnt going to go in. Also, lets be honest, we wouldnt be complaining if we had played crap and won, I think over the entire 90 mins we were the better side, but it was debatable who was the best side in the 1st half, for me, it was Bristol who deserved victory in that half.

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  • Mags

    Oct 5, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #2

    I dare say he is given the paucity of players he has at his disposal.

    However, it saddens me to add to this by saying his stance that he will only go into the loan market if he needs more players smacks of being a ‘yes man’ to that nomark owner of ours. Yet he still maintains, when finally the club have come clean regarding Barton’s absence it will not affect our promotion bid!

    We desperately need cover at left back and someone to add pace who can drive at defences. Lets face it, most teams coming to SJP are going to park the proverbial bus.

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  • Macas35

    Oct 5, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Hughton probably made a mistake in dropping Carroll for the Bristol City game, but that’s easy to say in hindsight. Lovenkrands does need time on the pitch to get his match fitness up and to get into it a bit more. We were awful first half but bringing Carroll on made a huge difference and we were a bit unlucky not to make the breakthrough in the end.

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  • Bucks mag

    Oct 5, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Fair play to Chris Hughton, he tried something quite new in his tatical approach with little and large combo.

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 5, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #5

    the international breaks the time to rest not the game before, whats it been since the last one, i am all for protecting the kid, but Marlon Harewood should have been on for the last 30 mins, hes 30 +he needs time himself to gain his fitness, i would have used the kids for the first hour, bulldozed Bristol players, then Harewood would have been on a better level against a tired Bristol, the more Chris fiddles the more nervous the fans get. he should use the squad on the bench do the rotation that way, chopping and changing work for some teams bu so far not for us. hes changed a winning team to much for me, and i will except its easy for me sitting watching the game’s, but the burn out argument will not happen with all the breaks, although in the depths of winter we will have to do it, lets wait until the other teams are suffering the same.

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