The way the Championship plays several games in a few weeks, and then has a two week break has made it easier for Chris Hughton to put his plans together for the season.
Colin and Chris on the training ground at Benton
And since this is the third batch of matches this season, Chris is now ready to see how many points his charges can pick up in the next 5 games, before another 2 week break comes along, when we can fortify the squad.
Hughton of course has already collected successive manager-of-the-month awards for Newcastle’s good results so far, and he said today:
“We set ourselves some targets of where we wanted to be and how many points we wanted to have.” “We’re on course so far but the most important thing is that we’re at the right end of the table come the end of the season.”
“We’ve got five games coming up now in just three weeks and it could be a crucial part of the season.” “It’s all about maintaining our form and protecting our position at the top of the league.”
“But the only way we’ll do that is by continuing to win games and get the points that we need.” “We’re on the back of the international break and you never quite know how you’ll come out of it.”
“But we’re hoping we get straight back into the swing of things and that starts by giving a good account of ourselves at Notts Forest on Saturday.”
A win tomorrow would be very nice, and the two following games against Scunthorpe and Doncaster you would think we could win those games, but we cannot take anything for granted – not this season anyway.
Not after what happened last season, when the dreaded disaster scenario actually came true.