Chris Hughton had one of those days at the office on Saturday, when nothing seemed do go right.
Chris Hughton – bad day at the office
With new news of a potential takeover of Newcastle by Barry Moat this morning, Chris has his feet still firmly on the ground, and is concentrating, as always, on the job at hand.
Chris talked today about Newcastle:
“I am delighted to still be top. When you’ve had a moment to settle down after, what was for me, a frustrating afternoon.”
“It was not the result we were after, but what you have to do, as soon as you can, is assess where we are. And the bigger package is the main thing.”
“We have come into a league we didn’t know much about and at this stage, being three points clear at the top of the table, speaks volumes for the approach of this bunch of lads.”
“That is the most important thing. We can go into the international break now, get a few players back and give them a few days rest as well because the games will come thick and fast again after that.”
We have to believe that Saturday’s game was one of those when you do everything but score.
After all we hit the woodwork 3 times, had a stone-cold penalty appeal turned down, and their stand-in goalkeeper was in inspired form, especially in that second half.
That will be true if we start scoring those goals again, in our next couple of games at Nottingham Forest and Scunthorpe, both away, because these are the games we should be capable of winning if we are real promotion candidates.
The main thing is that we must keep in touch with the leaders before Christmas, and then we can further strengthen the squad with loan signings and real signings at that time, to make that final push towards a successful promotion season.
If we can do that, then the summer promises to be an exciting one for Newcastle fans everywhere.