Parkin Is Threat But Preston Defense Looks Rocky

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has come out today and talked about how Newcastle can contain big Preston striker Jon Parkin.

Chris Hughton – has choice at center-back

Mike Williamson was recalled to the team for the home clash with Coventry, and Fitz Hall was left out after 3 successive appearances for Newcastle.

But it’s not exactly like Mike Williamson  is short – he stands 6’4″ tall which is 1″ taller than Jon Parkin – and Mike’s a great header of the ball too, so what’s the big deal.

While Chris has to use his squad during the run-in, he shouldn’t feel he has to change the team for every game, and we’d like to see an unchanged side for tomorrow afternoon.

When you win 4-1,  that’s not too bad a result,  after all.

Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle:

“You have to make the team aware of Preston’s strengths.”  “Of course Parkin up front is one of those strengths – apart from being a big lad, he is a very good footballer as well.”

“Irrespective of their form, which is up and down, they have a lot of energy in the side and a lot of options.”

“We can’t afford to concentrate on one player, they are too good a team, but Parkin is always a threat to any team in the division.”

So it would appear that Williamson and Hall are the two that Chris needs to choose between, for the starting place alongside Argentine Fabricio Coloccini tomorrow afternoon.

Here’s a veiled hint for Chris – play Mike.

Chris continued:

“What we wanted was a competitive squad and that’s what we’ve got now – the only area where we haven’t got options is at left-back with just Patrick van Aanholt at the moment.”

Hughton will meet up with Alex Ferguson’s son Darren, for the 3rd time this season, which seems weird.

But Ferguson was manager at Peterborough last year, when Newcastle were beaten in the Carling Cup 2-0 in September, and then in November when we hammered the Posh 3-1 at St. James’ Park.

Since then Darren has been fired from Peterborough, and then he replaced the sacked  Preston manager Alan Irvine, the former Newcastle and Everton coach.

Alan is now managing at Sheffield Wednesday, who are in 20th position, and Peterborough are bottom of the league and look almost certain to be relegated.

Hughton talked about Darren Ferguson:

“It is a completely different game now.” “He is a very good manager and wants to play a passing game which is high tempo.” “He did a wonderful job at Peterborough.”

Preston were hammered 5-3 by Newcastle conquerors Derby County on Tuesday night, so they’ll be keen to improve their defensive showing tomorrow afternoon, against a team that has scored 9 goals in their last two home games.

If  Preston are still a little rocky at the back tomorrow, watch for Newcastle to go all out to improve their goal difference, at Preston’s expense.

Preston’s new manager Darren Ferguson said:

“We know what Newcastle are all about, and I’m not a negative person by any stretch of the imagination, but if we defend like we did at Derby, we’re going to be in a battle.”

Newcastle will start tomorrow’s game like a steam train, and hope to get an early goal, and that will cause Preston to have fresh doubts – and even  have their heads drop.

We have to hope so anyway. 😀

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • G

    Feb 19, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Lets stick with the same boys from the Coventry game. Guthrie in the middle etc. If it aint broke, dont fix it etc…

  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 19, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Its more a worry about Welbeck if hes still there. Parkin is just fatter Viduka with less of a touch.

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 19, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Last time we had a good win and we went out with the same side next game we got hammered. That being said I really like the team we played last week.

    One way to look at it is if it aint broke dont fix it but that diminishes the job of the manager picking the right team from the squad to take on another team. If Houghton was to make a change I’d like to think it would be because tactically that squad would be better against preston than coventry.

  • MacToon

    Feb 19, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Same team but Hughton has to change things earlier if needed. Last game he kept the same team after half time and it worked, the 2 games before he failed to react or too late to react and we were poor.

    Only dropped 8 points at home all season, lets not add to that total …. 🙂

  • Sav

    Feb 20, 2010 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Haven’t seen much of young Ranger lately. He’s picked for England U-19s so if there’s any chance of a run out, Hughton probably will give it to him – well he should do.

  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 20, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Sorry G but the not broken don’t fix it idea does not really apply in football PNE offer a different threat compared to Coventry, so you have to look at the differences in the opposition and pick the team that you think will handle new threats better.

    Good managers do this better than poor ones that’s what makes them good, it is often the reason you see a team that is not so good on paper doing well and visa versa.

    Personally I think we should changer our mind set on how to play away games as opposed to home games. We have won twice as many games at home as away and I think it is because we approach away games with a more defensive mindset, away we play not to loose and at home we play to win. We should play every game to win, we do not lack support in those away games so why treat them as away games? Why not give the fans something to feel good about on the trip home?

    The entertainers were called that because they played football regardless of which ground they were at, even the games we lost were generally great events, and they did not start off a team of household names, it was more of a case of becoming a name through how they played.

    Chris should look at some of those games and ponder.


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