One of the ways in which Newcastle can improve on the run-in to the league, is to start winning some of their away games.
Chris Hughton – away form not good enough
Including the FA Cup, Newcastle have not won in their last 6 away games, and the last away victory was at Coventry City, back on 9th December, when the lads won 2-0.
In fact the bad run started after the Coventry game, and in the 12 games since then in all competitions, we have just 4 wins, with 6 draws with 2 defeats.
But hey, winning promotion is the only thing that matters to most Newcastle fans and certainly to Chris Hughton, who talked today to the Newcastle Journal:
“There’s always concern when you don’t get the points you want to get,” “We’re playing in a very tough league and we know our home record is going to be better than our away record.”
“I can probably speak for every manager on that count. But we now need to start picking up more points away from home.”
“West Brom went through a spell where they weren’t doing so well at home and maybe there’s something in the individuals they’ve got which suits them away from home,”
“They’ve changed their shape of late. I think their first change was when they played against us, which was five in midfield.”
“What they have is players that can score goals – (Chris) Brunt has got seven goals, (Graeme) Dorrans is into double figures (he has 12), (Jerome) Thomas has eight. That’s possibly the reason they’ve been so successful away from home too.”
“But things turn around. We’ve gone through periods this season where we’ve done well away from home and maybe now the results have gone in a different way.”
It’s almost like Chris is talking to why Newcastle are not as good an attacking side as West Brom are, and that even West Brom now play 5 in midfield away from home.
But hey – the first requirement is to win, and the manner of how we do that must comes second, at least for this season.
“At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how you get them so long as you get the results.”“Certain things change in a season,”
“If I look at Danny Guthrie, for probably most of the season he’s been used in a wider area.” “He’s played in the centre for the last couple of games and done very well.”
“It’s a position he’d played quite a few times before he came to the club. There’s always going to be aspects which are going to change your thinking but you have to be very open.”
While most fans welcomed the attacking display against Cardiff City, which gave Newcastle their biggest win of the season, it seems we tried to maintain that good attacking form at Derby, and came a cropper.
Maybe we’re not good enough to do that yet, to win by playing attacking football away from home, and if that’s true then I’m fine just winning the ugly way.
As long as we get success this season I really don’t care how we do it.
We all just want to see Newcastle successful – which means promotion this season – automatic promotion hopefully – good attacking play can come later.