Attacking Team Selection Vital For Tomorrow Night


It seems simple what Chris Hughton did with his team selection last Friday night.

Danny Guthrie – keep playing this lad in central midfield

Chris played two natural wide men on the wings, and two natural central midfielders in midfield.

He didn’t play two defensive midfielders together with no creativity, and he didn’t play central midfielders on the wings.

And it worked like a treat as Newcastle looked a powerful attacking force  for one of the few times this season – something that Newcastle fans were just delighted to see.

Fortune favors the brave is something Chris needs to remember with his team selections – especially away from home.

We cannot be wimps away from home, and the lads can play like Friday night away from St. James’ Park – they could be that good, with the improved squad.

Maybe the fact that six new players seemed to have significantly strengthened the squad has allowed Chris to play the players  in the positions where they play best – we hope so – but tomorrow’s team selection will be vital.

The team gelled and we would expect just a couple fo changes to be made.

Maybe Coloccini coming back for Hall in central defense, and Alan Smith may be drafted into midfield, but Chris has to be tempted to play the same team.

But hey, it’s hard to criticize Chris for what he’s achieved at Newcastle this season, since it’s been better than we could ever have dreamed of.

We’re top of the league and he’s starting to have them play all out attacking football – what are things coming to at Newcastle. 😀

Hey – it sounds good (great) to us.

Howay The Lads!!



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7 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Feb 8, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Fingers crossed…..

    Colo back in defence is fine but I’d like to see the rest of the team the same, both Nolan and Guthrie did well and imo they don’t deserve to be dropped.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 8, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #2

    This is it ed, will hughton have the courage to play 2 wingers away from home, drop Butt and Smith and keep Guthrie in the middle?

    Every man and his dog can see we are far better playing that way, rather than a return to the Leicester line up when we couldn’t take the game to 10 men.

    Forest & WBA aren’t letting up, so we’ve got to stay positive.

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  • OZ2

    Feb 8, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Yup, hard to imagine why he would want to change the team, maybe start with Lover instead of Best.

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Feb 8, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Maybe Collo and Lovernkrands in his 2 finnishes where classy and 6 goals in 5 games deserves a start.

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  • SGToon

    Feb 8, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Update on the injuries to the squad. Good to see Butt not able to be in contention, even if it takes an injury to keep him out of our squad.
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/preview?id=268452&cc=4716

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  • spiderpig

    Feb 8, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #6

    he will start off with a team that contains the home team as home teams generally have the onus to attack.smith will defo play ,dont know who will be dropped but i cant see him starting with two wingers either so he might drop routledge and play guthrie wide right again.smith in the middle with nolan.will be interesting when mr.barton is fit again,he will have to upset a couple of the blue chip brigade.

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  • Bao Zheng

    Feb 9, 2010 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #7

    “Attacking Team Selection Vital For Tomorrow Night” – I am praying that Hughton is smarter than you are.

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