Hughton Challenges Newcastle Players

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has set his team the target of going through the Championship season without losing a home game.

Chris Hughton – let’s go unbeaten at home

Now that Newcastle are out of the FA Cup, all attention returns to the promotion race, starting with Wednesday’s game with Crystal Palace at St James’ Park – KO 7:45 pm.

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton told the Sunday Mirror:

“We have made St James’ Park a fortress this season. No one has beaten us there.”

“But if we are to go and win promotion then we have to maintain that home form until the end of the season.”

“It is vital to keep the home run going against Palace. We want to get back to winning ways, after  drawing with West Brom.”

And given the trouble Andy Carroll has had at the Blu Bambu nightclub, in the Bigg Market in Newcastle’s city center, news today that Chris Hughton has banned his players from attending the club.

The club has been especially popular with the club’s younger players, and that should help to keep Andy out of any future troubles – good.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • xisco-hidden-gem

    Jan 24, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #1

    west brom got reading away in fa.cup 5th round…we cud of easily beat them=quarter finals…oh well bring on the league

  • budmon

    Jan 24, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #2

    agreed. but hughton is working with what he has and at the end of the day premiership is always the priority. we need to strat getting those 3 points again as soon as possible!

  • Thump

    Jan 24, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Glad to hear about banning the lads from the blu bamboo – place is a sh*thole anyway. Bunch of skiprats and skagheads last time I was in.

    It’s a high standard to set not losing a home game all season but if the lads can do it I’ll be very impressed. As funny as it sounds I reckon we can do just that. The quality is certainly there, it’s just a case of stepping up to the mark that tends to be our downfall.

  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Jan 24, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #4

    SSN reporting that Mike Williamson will sign in the next 48hrs.

  • Mac

    Jan 24, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #5

    We still need atleast 2 more players.

  • DJG

    Jan 24, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #6

    xisco-hidden-gem // Jan 24, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    ”west brom got reading away in fa.cup 5th round…we cud of easily beat them=quarter finals…oh well bring on the league”

    Quite possibly but what if we then drew a chelsea or a Villa in the quarter finals and so didn’t even get to the semi’s, factor in the probability of extra legs, extra time ect and the possibility of injuries. Is it really worth it for the chance to play a premiership team (and to see how far we have fallen).

    MUCH more important is another 3 points off Palace, especially with Forest now breathing down our necks.

  • Toonmania

    Jan 24, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #7

    i think DJG is right, we need promotion not the FA cup at least with promotion we might see the back of Ashley (hopefully) and with the extra money that comes in from that get a push on buying some decent players.
    mind you on that note it does worry me that ashley has put the wage cap on IF we get promoted why would it matter to him if he is selling or is he not?? maybe just a ploy not to spend any money in the summer? hmmm i think we’ve been there before:-(

  • pdiddy

    Jan 24, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Wish he would change the players!

  • Chris F

    Jan 25, 2010 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #9

    i’m baffled by this supposed link to a DM from blackburn.

    i mean, looking at our squad, is another defensive midfielder really what we need?

    right wing, left back must surely be the priorities? (i say left back because while enrique is having a good season, we still need some cover, have done for 18 bloody months now.)

  • baro

    Jan 25, 2010 at 4:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Did they really play with 12 players?
    SOrry guys but i didnt see the game.

  • G

    Jan 25, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #11

    lols@ baro
    It’s a big ask for us to be unbeaten at home for season. I wouldn’t like to bet on it. We do need to stop dropping points though. I hope this is just a mid season flutter and we can get back to winning ways. I don’t want entertainment as much as I want 3 points on the board after every game, play ugly if you have to, just get us back to the prem.

  • lesh

    Jan 25, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #12

    So, Harewood seems to be out of the running now!

    Marvellous…… just like shopping for a kid on Christmas eve.

    You know exactly what you want then you find it’s more expensive than you thought.

    Go to get the bairns summit and phone around to see if there’s any more in the shops – no joy.

    But, instead of trying the shops in the toon, a walk up Shields Road might just do the trick. A look in some bars to see if anybody’s any…. No.

    Gettin desperate, a brainwave – the second hand and charity shops might just have the things you want…… A couple have, slghtly used, lots of promise to put the smiles on the bairns’ faces but no, I’m not, I refuse to be taken advantage of and offer below what the shopkeeper’s looking for – 50p.

    As I dither, somebody else walks in and spots what am looking at, offers 60p and walks away.

    The shops are closing so it’s a dash home to cobble summit up so’s the kids’ll not be disappointed.

    They were!


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