Chris Hughton is trying his hardest to keep the Newcastle team a fighting force that can consistently win games in the run-in.
Chris Hughton – continually keeping his players focused on success
And if Newcastle can continue to do that, it could turn into a wonderful promotion season, at the very first time of asking, for the famous Tyneside club.
But there are also many potential pitfalls in the final 18 games of this tough season.
Newcastle are nicely placed in the league, being 3 points clear, but with a game in hand, and a superior goal difference over 2nd placed WBA.
But Chris is well aware there is very little wiggle room, with both WBA and Nottingham Forest continually racking up the points, to keep their vigilant pursuit of the Geordies very much alive.
And Chris is just determined to press on and get as many wins as he can – as soon as he can.
Chris spoke to Sky Sports News today:
“That has to be the approach because West Brom and Forest’s form has been that good, they have both looked that good that you can only think about yourselves.”
“The moment you start thinking about other things, you are taking your mind off the game you should be playing.”
“The game you should be playing is, however you do it, to try to win as many games as you can and get as many points as you can.”
The Magpies are unbeaten in a club record 15 successive games, with 10 wins and 5 draws in that streak – 35 points.
One of the draws (0-0) was at home to tomorrow night’s opponents Derby County, which was on the 28th December in front of a St. James’ Park crowd of 47,505 – not too shabby for the second division of English football..
But Chris is only looking forward and not back, as he continued:
“The only thing that means anything for us is maintaining where we are.”
“We all know what our goal is this season, and the most important thing is, however we do that, achieving that.”
“Then perhaps you look back and review the season and perhaps enjoy those moments then.”
“But at this moment, we are where are, there’s a lot of pressure on us, there is a group of teams below us pushing very hard and who will continue to push hard, and we have got to make sure we continue to be focused.”
One of Chris’ strengths in management is that he never lets the players get complacent, and it’s vital this season that they never ever rest on their laurels.
Chris, to his credit, has prepared the lads very well in most of our games this season, and the coaching staff have done their homework on the opposition.
The lads, whoever gets the chance to start the game, need to start tomorrow night’s game in exactly the way we started against Cardiff City – as though their lives depended on winning the game.
If we do that, we have a decent chance of capturing all 3 points, which is the sole goal for tomorrow night.
Anything less will be a disappointment.