Newcastle manager Chris Hughton seems confident Newcastle will put in a far better performance tomorrow afternoon against Swansea, than at Derby County on Tuesday night.
Chris Hughton – we’ll be better tomorrow
In some ways the 3-0 defeat that ended Newcastle’s 15-game unbeaten run last Tuesday night could be a blessing in disguise, we really believe that.
Because it’s allowed the fans and the players, after the initial shock of losing quite heavily, to take a good hard look at where the side is right now.
And the result is that we’re not in too bad a position at all – in fact we’re in a very good position, even after the defeat.
Newcastle will still be missing Nicky Butt tomorrow – Nicky still has a thigh strain, but Fabricio Coloccini is back in contention and Alan Smith will also be back.
Having these two players back will be a big lift for the side, and they will add stability and heart to the side.
Hughton talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“We have to take the good things out of our defeat at Derby. Yes, we lost there 3-0, but if you look at the stats we had just as many shots as they did and we did not get the rub of the green.”
“If Kevin Nolan’s or Wayne Routledge’s chances had gone in before the break, who knows? What happened at Derby is now history.”
“It was disappointing to lose by the margin we did, but the best way to deal with that is to put it behind us by putting in a better performance.”
“We have a tough game against Swansea next and that is what we are focused on. They are in very good form and what we know about them is they do not change their style of play whether they are at home or away.”
We’re not big fans of looking back on things and saying if only this – or only that – we call it woulda coulda shoulda – and it’s basically what didn’t happen but could have.
So why talk about it?
If only we had scored four goals at Derby we would have won.
In the games before the Derby game we had the rub of the green more than once, and luck tends to level itself out over a full season.
Basically, it’s up to Newcastle now – not the teams they are playing – and if the lads play to their significant capabilities in the final 19 games, we should do very well.
But if we don’t then it could be two seasons in a row of distinct and utter disappointment for Newcastle United fans.
Somehow, we don’t think that’s going to happen.
Howay The Lads!!
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