The Games Will Only Get Tougher Now

Chris Hughton has today paid tribute to the team that produced the best attacking performance of the season last Friday night against a very good 4th placed Cardiff City.

Chris Hughton – lads deserve credit

Chris talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“This group of lads deserves all the credit which goes with it, but it is something we need to maintain,”   “The run stretches back to October and started after a difficult patch.”

“Their response to that was tremendous and their attitude since has to be praised, but every game will get tougher now.”

“We are going into that stage of the season where everybody is pushing for their own agendas.” “The games will be tougher and we have to make sure we keep raising the bar.”

“What we have done against Cardiff is set ourselves high standards – and we have to maintain them.”

“We were really pleased with the performance, particularly as we had all of the new signings starting the game and a new-look back four.

“For example, I don’t think we could have been anymore delighted than we were, but there is also the disappointment of letting them score late on which took the gloss of things a little.

The win took Newcastle 6 points clear at the top, but with both title challengers Nottingham Forest and WBA winning on Saturday – to their credit – the lead is back to 3 points with a game in hand.

So it looks like the challenging sides will not have too many hiccups on the run-in.

But we cannot rely on what other teams do, and in every single game left this season, we have to attack, and go after all 3 points – that’s a given.

Derby County can play well and they only recently smashed Nottingham Forest’s unbeaten streak with a 1-0 home win.

That will be well known by the Newcastle squad, but if we play an attacking game and play anywhere near our best,  we should be able to still get 3 points.

But mental strength from now through the end  of the season will be vital – but we showed enough of  it last Friday night to suggest we’re much better in the department than we were last season.

Comments welcome.

1 comment so far

  • bobby_ollox

    Feb 8, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #1

    For the first time in a couple of years I am starting to feel a level of confidence in the team for the future.

    I watched with growing horror as we bought tired old workaday players, and levered average home grown talent into the team. It always felt like the remnants from a jumble sale.

    Now though, the team is starting to feel crafted, as if for the first time there is a plan to the way the team is being put together.

    some of the credit goes to chris for sticking with this dilligently and quietly getting on with a good job. Some of it also has to go to mike ( I know I know – it was he who undeniably got us into this mess) – for backing chris.

    It is likely that we are going to go up with a team that can be strengthened for the premier, rather than one which will disintegrate in the first couple of years. A long way from the team Keegan put together for promotion last time, but we are on the right track….

    Yes they will be hard games – not just this season.


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