We’ve often said that one of Chris Hughton’s best assets as a manager is he doesn’t let his players get carried away with things.
Chris Hughton – players must keep feet on the ground
Newcastle have rather easily won their last 3 home games, and scored 12 goals in the [process to get all 9 points.
But Chris knows that keeping his players not thinking ahead of the next game, and keeping their feet on the ground is important at this stage of the season with just 14 games to go so the lads are about 70% through the season.
Chris talked this morning about keeping focused:
“I think it is the most important thing,”
“We know we are one or two losses away – and the two other clubs we speak about, West Brom and Forest, are one or two wins away – from being a lot closer to us or being above us so we can’t afford to lose focus.”
“Our preparation has to be the same and our mental attitude going into every game has to be the same because the league is too good for that.” ”
That’s even more true because it doesn’t look like our chief challengers WBA or Nottingham Forest are making too many mistakes.
Forest beat Middlesbrough 1-0 at home yesterday, and WBA are at Bristol City this afternoon.
We would hope that we can start to put together a good win streak, and we’ve got two in a row so far.
“We are on the back of a couple of real free-flowing performances here and it is difficult to achieve that every time you play,”
“There are going to be the games where you are not going to get everything your own way, you are going to get games where they are tighter affairs and I thought for a decent chunk of this game it was very tight.”
The lads yesterday did everything expected of them.
Wayne Routledge missed the game with a calf injury, so we hope that’s just a precaution, but Peter Lovenkrands has a hamstring injury and left the game after 14 minutes, but that was after putting Newcastle ahead in the 3rd minute with an excellent goal.
Peter has now scored 10 goals, with 8 of them coming this year – and he looks a class striker and he’s a wonderful guy.
We have to hope Peter will not be out too long.
Of course Shola Ameobi is back in a week, so it looks like the local lad will get a chance to reproduce his form of last August, when he was just awesome.