Players Very Happy With Chris Hughton In Charge

Andy Carroll missed an absolute sitter on Saturday, but then made up for that with a wonderful left-foot shot on the volley, from a great lofted ball put in by Danny Guthrie.

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Andy Carroll – great second half goal on Saturday

It was a top-class goal for Andy and his 3rd of the season, and the 20 year-old has come out today and spoken up for manager Chris Hughton.

Andy told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I think all of the players are happy with Chris in charge. He’s done a good job so far and he’s helped bring everybody together.”

“We’re top of the league and we look forward to every game.” “There was a lot of uncertainty when he took over, but he’s managed to turn that around.”

“Everyone is working for him and that’s reflected by our league position.” “It’s great to be among the goals, but I don’t set myself targets.”

“I’ve always said to myself, if I am playing well and my performances are good the goals will follow.” “I consider myself a goalscorer, but I always try to create goals for others too.

“If I am doing that then I am playing well enough.” “But every striker wants to score goals.”

Our next game against Sheffield United next Monday night will be a  big test in the Championship, and we’re due a good performance after being way below form in our last 4-5 games, so maybe we’ll be able to get another much needed win.

Sheffield United are 13th in the league table and have conceded 25 goals in their 14 games so far, with 13 of them being at home – as a comparison Newcastle have conceded only 9 goals in their 14 games.

Their home record is won 2, drawn 4 and lost just one, which was the 4-3 defeat against Cardiff City on Saturday. Cardiff of course are second top of the Championship, just a single point behind Newcastle.

With the poor Blades’ defensive record you might expect Newcastle to be able to get among the goals next Monday, and we certainly hope so.

The first goal is always important so if Newcastle can score first, that may give the lads the confidence to start to play the good football we know they are capable of.

Carroll continued:

“The team spirit in the camp is good and we know we’re all in it together.”

“Everybody is simply working as one and we just want to continue the momentum in every game we play.”

We’d love to get Coloccini back in the side for next Monday night, but it looks like Steven Taylor is unlikely to make that game.

Danny Simpson is expected to start training on Wednesday, and all being well will be fit for the game at Sheffield.

10 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 27, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #1

    If rumours are to be believed then I am sure the players enjoy working for CH, as they are running the show, not him! Sheff Utd are still a difficult team to beat, they have had a run of poor form of late, but don’t write them off just yet. I predict they will still finish off within the play off spots (again) at the very minimum.

  • lesh

    Oct 27, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #2

    If the rumpours are to be believed, there’s no doubt they are enjoying life under Hughton.

    One training session at the crack of noon, poker nights…… it must be like a holiday camp after Shearer’s short reign of terror!

  • lesh

    Oct 27, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Whoops… rumpours = rumours

  • p doff

    Oct 27, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Did any one see the player expenditure figures in the Times on Sunday for the top prem clubs since 2004? Chelsea -186m Liv -122m man u -27m Arsenal have made a profit of 27m. If only we could get a manager like that and play football like they do. Mr Cashley get your thinking cap on. Na nay responce on that brain scan.

  • premier

    Oct 27, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #5

    think their enjoyment has been evident in latest performances!!

  • UTD111

    Oct 27, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Dunno…..I always feel a bit uncomfortable when the “players” say they want the puppet as manager.

    Soft touch is he, then??

  • UTD111

    Oct 27, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Must be too much rumpy pumpy lately LOL

  • komfort

    Oct 27, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #8

    these turkeys wont vote for xmas….they know exactly what will happen if big AL come in…..bloody hard work !!!!.

  • premier

    Oct 27, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Aye Komfort he was bloody hard work last time–1 win in 8

  • lesh

    Oct 27, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #10

    UTD111 // Oct 27, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Must be too much rumpy pumpy lately LOL….

    But judging by the way they miss the goal, let’s hope they’re aim’s a bit better than it is on the pitch!


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