Let’s Hope Newcastle Not Resting On Their Laurels

Peter Løvenkrands and Jonás Gutiérrez will come back  for the game against Cardiff City on Friday night, and that’s some good news.

Jonas Gutierrez – he was missed on Saturday night

It appears that Hughton did the wise thing and rested Løvenkrands, who is still of course in mourning for his father.

With such a small squad Chris also didn’t want to risk Gutiérrez aggravating a thigh strain, but we could have used Jonas creativity in the second half against Leicester.

Danny Simpson and Shola Ameobi also return from injury, and we expect Chris to shake up the side a bit for the visit of 4th placed Cardiff City.

Cardiff have an excellent away record with 7 wins, 3 draws and 4 defeats on their travels, and they’ve also scored a massive 30 goals away from home.

That compares with Newcastle’s 18 goals away from home.

Chris Hughton talked about his team on Saturday:

“What you do is work a squad. What people forget is we are a side sitting at the top so we must be doing enough thing right to be there,”

But not if we keep playing like we did on Saturday night.

It’s not about what we’ve done so far this season, but what we do now and through the end of the season and Saturday night was just not good enough, let’s at least admit that.

That last statement from Chis seems as though we are resting on our laurels – and once we do that – it’s all over – for sure.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #1

    the fact that leaving Jonas out meant we had to play Guthrie on the left shows we are still short of cover for the left of the field.

    in future if Jonas aint playing, Van Aaholt should play on the left of MF, he has a better workrate and delivery.

  • lewisnufc

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #2

    i would of player ryan taylor right mid, routhledge left, and kadar right back on saturday. Guthrie CAN NOT play on the wings, however he is our best passer of the ball when in the centre.

  • spiderpig

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #3

    feel sorry for poor old guthrie.he’s prob our best all round player that never gets to play in his best position.bit like steve gerrard for england.hughtons right in what he says about doing most things good.he just needs to keep nolan up front ,drop butt altogether and play either guthrie or barton when fit alonside smudger.and ffs start using both wings with fast wide players.

  • lewisnufc

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #4

    definetly, guthrie/ barton to go forward, try and create stuff with smith holding the midfield would be the best partnership. Just thank god nicky butt is hanging up his boots come the end of the season.

  • premier

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Jonas creativity==headless chicken runs lol

  • hdav727

    Feb 1, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #6

    maybe the answer to our creativity problems??



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