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Newcastle Players Taking Nothing For Granted

11:14 am, Saturday, March 6th, 2010 by Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

It seems like there is no talk about promotion by Newcastle’s players, at least when manager Chris Hughton is around.

Calderwood and Hughton - no talk of promotion

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has said there is no talk of promotion in his squad, at least not on the playing field when he’s around the players.

Chris puts that down to some of the strong personalities in the side, who will not take anything for granted, with still 13 Championship league games to go in the season.

Chris said this morning:

“It is down to the personalities in the team,” “Nobody really wants to get carried away.”

“There’s a confidence in the group – there’s no doubt about that – but I haven’t overheard one conversation where people are talking about promotion and being in the Premier League next season.”

“What we’ve had this season to keep us where we are is a bit of everything,” “There’s a fair bit of toughness in the team – we’re a side capable of grinding out a result – but also a decent amount of flair.”

“There’s a lot of maturity in the team and we are able to win games in different ways. If we have to battle it out and produce a real dogged performance to get a result, we can do that.”

It seems the players are doing the right thing and taking each game as it comes.

The only thing Newcastle can do is beat the team in front of them, and they will again have a chance to do that and get all 3 points this afternoon against Barnsley.

It’s important the lads concentrate on the game ahead every single week, and not get carried away with their own success.

But with characters like Harper, Smith and Nolan in the side, they are not getting carried away with things, not one little bit – and it’s just great to see that.

We look forward to extending the current win streak to four games this afternoon against Barnsley.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Alan Smith · Kevin Nolan · Newcastle News · Steve Harper





7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 tdt // Mar 6, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    what would you guys prefer: 2nd in the league with the unbeaten home record, or 1st in the league with a loss at home to Forest who claim 2nd spot because of it??

  • 2 Turkish Magpie // Mar 6, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    tdt- i’m not bothered as long as we get promotion, but if i had to choose i think i would take 1st with 1 loss at home, winning the championship gives you a real mental edge and we can still say we’re brilliant at home

  • 3 tdt // Mar 6, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    I concur

  • 4 Sav // Mar 6, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    You’re asking the question ‘ which of these two second-bests would you prefer?’

    That’s not the attitude we want to hear, tdt.
    We are aiming for all wins and as a consequence, promotion in first place. We only bring in second-bests when we’ve already failed on that one.

  • 5 cupiddstunt // Mar 6, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    I’m not so sure an unbeaten home record has a lot going for it, after all we have not accomplished that for 103 years but we have won promotion more than a couple times in that 103 years.

    So maybe the unbeaten record is my choice.

  • 6 cupiddstunt // Mar 6, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Sorry there should have been a comma after sure so it read like

    I’m not so sure, (pause)

    an unbeaten home record has a lot going for it,

  • 7 tdt // Mar 6, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    lol I know Sav, I was merely being curious :) Obviously winning all the games from now until the end of the season is what I hope for, but I was thinking hypothetically.

    Good point cupiddstunt, as it would be nice as it shows how well we’ve done if they managed it.




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