With only one goal scored in our last two home games, against middle of the table teams, Chris Hughton was asked today whether he thinks the team has enough creativity and class.
Chris Hughton – we have enough creativity in the team
When asked about the possible lack of creativity in the side Chris said today:
“I don’t see it that way at all.” “We’ve got a good blend of players in the midfield areas.” “If you look at the last couple of games, even though we didn’t win them, we did create chances.”
“And in last Saturday’s type of game, if one goal goes in, there’s every likelihood it will lead to one or two more.”
“We have Alan Smith playing in a very responsible role, and who has done so well for us, but then we also have Kevin Nolan, who breaks from the middle and scores goals.”
“Danny Guthrie is a player who can make himself a fair bit of time on the ball and gets into good positions.” “There’s Geremi, who hasn’t been used so much recently but uses the ball well and provides a quality delivery.”
“No one needs me to explain Nicky Butt’s quality and experience, and there’s Jonas Gutierrez, our only genuine sort of wide player, but a very creative one.”
“So I would certainly argue we have creative players.” “What we have to accept is that there are good teams in this division who can make it hard for those players to show their quality in every game.”
“That’s the challenge we have to face.”
We do have some creative players in the side, but we cannot, for example, play a midfield of Smith and Butt, as both are simply holding midfield players with no creativity at all.
And we cannot keep dropping points like we did against QPR and Bristol City, when two home wins would have seen the team 7 points clear at the top of the league.
We have to drive home our advantage whenever we can, although of course we still have 35 league games to play, so there is a long long haul in front of us.