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.