Two Crucial Home Games Coming Up

Chris Hughton is starting to feel some heat as he tries to guide Newcastle United to promotion in their first season down in England’s second division.

Chris Hughton – crucial week coming up

And Chris believes this next week is one of the biggest weeks of the season, as the team has  the chance of getting two home wins.

Newcastle will play Coventry City on Wednesday evening (7:45 pm KO), and then play Preston North End on Saturday (3:00pm KO).

Manager Hughton talked about the two games today:

“It’s a big week for us, as is every week between now and the end of the season, but we have to capitalize on the fact we’re at home.”

“This could be a week when we get two vital wins on the board.”

It was good to see Andy Carroll score again, and the lad’s now  got 5 goals in the last 6 games, and he certainly got us a point we really didn’t deserve on Saturday afternoon.

But we’ll take it.

The good way of looking at the game on Saturday is that we were outplayed yet we still picked up a point.

And Chris is right, this week is very important in Newcastle’s promotion drive.

Now the lads have to show they are the real deal, by getting two successive home wins. Nothing less will be good enough.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • derekm

    Feb 15, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #1

    all teams have blips and we can only hope that’s ours out of the way. We miss the left sided power of the enrique – guittierez combination immensely, I for one can’t wait to have the following line up: harper, simpson, collocini, taylor, enrique, barton, smith, routledge, best , carroll , guittierez. For me this is the best balanced we can put out.

  • Mags

    Feb 15, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Agree derekm re Jose & Jonas.

    This has been the only sight of real attacking flair from our team all season. Other clubs had sussed that out too, which explains the extra clatterings that Jonas has been taking recently.

    Like the sound of that team too.

    Like him or loathe him, Barton in central midfield will give us energy so sadly lacking at the moment.

  • Mags

    Feb 15, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #3

    By the way has anyone read / heard of the latest situation re Barton and young Harris Vuckic re them back in full training?

  • Davies

    Feb 15, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Barton’s back in training but won’t be ready to play for a couple of weeks. He’ll probably do a couple of reserve games first. Hate to say it, but I’m looking forward to seeing him out there again.

    Not sure about Vukic.

  • MacToon

    Feb 15, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #5

    derekm, replace Smith and it then looks like a decent team…. on paper.

  • dougnufc

    Feb 15, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Anyone missing Habib Beye? I cannot believe Villa ain’t playing him week in, week out. We have got to get him back in the summer.

  • Lynxie

    Feb 15, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #7

    sorry mate, but got to disagree. Much as I like Beye, he could not wait to get out of town when we went down, so not a fan of the ‘ we made it (struggled) back up, welcome home, banner.
    Simpson may not be the best, but he will improve. If Habib Beye was th ereal deal, Villa would be playing him. Lets not go with other peoples failed signings and cast offs. Anyone here happy the day we signed babayaro? I was, shows what I know. Lets get a team of young uns with passion fitness desire and spirit, not a bunch of money grabbing mercenaries, and I am sorry but Beye, Bassong, Duff, Owen, all took the 30 pieces of silver.

  • Robbanufc

    Feb 15, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #8

    I agree on all there, Lynxie, except for Bassong. He was class. I’m sure he will be one of the great defenders this decade.

    However, I’m coming over from norway for these two matches! 😀 Howay the lads! Lets get my first win at St James’ Park, and lets make it two! 😀


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