We would hope that Chris Hughton will play both Gutierrez and Routledge on the Newcastle wings tonight, so we can attack Coventry City from the start tonight.
Chris Hughton – attacking side tonight
We would expect that Newcastle will go all out tonight, especially early in the game, to score some goals and win the game.
But it seems to us that the better the team that comes to Newcastle, the better Newcastle seem to play.
That was true when Swansea and Cardiff came to Newcastle, and in both games we were 3-0 up fairly early in the first half.
We would hope the lads can do the same thing tonight, but nothing of course is rote or certain with Newcastle United – never has been and never will.
This is what Chris Hughton said today in the Newcastle Journal:
“What we want to be able to do is play a good, free-flowing passing game. That’s what you want and it’s nice if you can do it,”
“I know what the supporters want to see but that’s any supporters of any team, I think. We were delighted a couple of weeks ago that we were able to give the supporters that on the Friday against Cardiff. That is the ideal.”
“Of course, what’s more important than that is winning games. We have to maintain where we are and would I have performances like that and get a draw or would I get a scrappy win? It would be a win.”
“But if we can do that by playing free-flowing football then great, that is what we would like to do. We do have wingers in Wayne Routledge and Jonás Gutiérrez in particular that are capable of producing that. It’s very nice to see it when it happens.”
It appeared that with the new additions to the squad, Newcastle would play a more attacking style of football, and that was so true when we took Cardiff City apart almost two weeks ago, in a game where all 6 new players started.
So not surprisingly after that, the fans (including us) were really upbeat about the side starting to play good attacking football that was good to watch, and as usual we went overboard.
But then we had the last two games, one point and two very poor performances.
But the lads have a chance tonight to put things right and a win will take us 2 points clear of WBA and 5 points clear of Nottingham Forest.
A win tonight is just phase one, and then on Saturday we have to win when Preston come visiting.
That’s all that matters right now, and we’ll not get ahead of ourselves.
3 points tonight is what we all want to see.