Chris Hughton has come out today and said the Newcastle players always seem to be able to produce a result, but especially when they are at home they go out and play well, and usually get the result.
Chris Hughton – lads play well at home
Newcastle have played 17 games at home in the league this season, won 13 of them and drew 4.
The lads have scored 37 goals and conceded only 8 – so the home record is outstanding and of course the lads have a chance of going unbeaten at home in a seaosn for the first time since 1907.
Newcastle have also played 3 Cup games at St. James’ Park beating Huddersfield and Plymouth, and drawing with WBA.
Chris Hughton has also usually fielded an attacking side who play 4-4-2 at home, and of course the home support for Newcastle United this season is 5th best in England, and the lads are in the second tier of football!
And that comes after the “experts” last summer said the Newcastle support would tail off in the second division – it’s strange you don’t hear too much from these experts on these topics any more.
Hughton has his own ideas about the home support at Newcastle, as he told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“There’s no doubt the stadium and the support we get has been a factor.” “Most teams have better home records than away records, but I think our players have a real desire to want to win at home.”
“We haven’t always played so well at home, but we’ve tended to find a way to get a result. We’ve always had a good fighting spirit. If you look at the away games, and I even think you can include Derby in this, despite losing 3-0.”
“I can’t think of too many where we haven’t been in the game. We’ve always looked capable of getting something. Whether we would have deserved it or not is another matter, but we always look like we can nick something.”
“It’s just a fact that when you’re at home, you tend to get a bit more of the rub of the green. You’re used to the stadium and have the home support behind you. The longer the game goes at St James’, the more we feel if anyone’s going to win, it’s going to be us.”
“Teams do raise their game against Newcastle, because we are a big scalp in this division. But in this league, we’ve been a strong team this season. And generally, if you’re a strong team, you’re going to have a strong home record.”
There’s no doubt that this afternoon against Barnsley and in the other five remaining home games, Newcastle will go all out and attack the opposition from the first whistle.
When the lads have done that in the past they have often blown away teams in the first 30 minutes, as we did against Cardiff City and Swansea as two examples.
But all we want at 5:00 pm local time this afternoon is all 3 points, that’s all that matters really.
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