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.
“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. 😀