Chris Hughton is once again under pressure to put Newcastle back on the right track to promotion.
Smith and Hughton will need to get side back on track
This follows a period of poor form since our winning streak was ended at Barnsley back on 12th December.
Since then we’ve been up and down in terms of our performances.
In our 9 league since then we’ve won 3, drawn 5 and lose last night. That’s 13 points dropped – not too good.
Chris spoke to the Evening Chronicle today:
“What we can’t do is panic. We’ve had some disappointments, with West Brom winning, but also a lift, with Forest losing.”
“What we can’t afford to do is panic. We are where we are. We knew there was going to be ups and downs all season.”
“We were never going to run away with the division, because there are too many good teams.”
“We just need to regroup, as a team, and get back to winning ways.”
It was a surprise that Chris Hughton stuck with the same side that had hammered Cardiff City, but most fans were pleased with that team selection.
But it didn’t work for whatever reason, and the defense was hardly at their best last night.
There will certainly be some changes made for the game at Swansea on Saturday, which has an early KO at 12:45pm – so a win by the Magpies will calm down the huge Newcastle fan base around the world.
Chris continued and talked about some injuries:
“I think it was Danny’s hamstring, and we need to just assess that one, but I’m sure he’ll be OK.”
“We’re hoping Coloccini will be back, and Ryan Taylor too.”
It will be good if Coloccini can return and partner Mike Williamson at the back, and Ryan Taylor could get a start – but not in the back four.
And surely in-form striker Peter Lovenkrands will get a start up front, and it wouldn’t surprise us if Ameobi starts with the Danish striker.
Team selection will be very important for the Swansea game – no doubt about it.
Let us know what team you would start Saturday.