Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is expecting another very tough away game at the Keepmoat Stadium tonight, with Newcastle always being a big draw away from home.
Chris Hughton – expects tough game tonight
Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We saw the reactions of the Bristol players when they scored and from their crowd.” “They also had the factor of the manager leaving shortly before.”
“It’s not just because we’re Newcastle that people want to beat us, it’s because we’ve been top of this division.” “We are a big scalp, the biggest scalp for anybody and I’m quite sure it applies to Doncaster too.”
“Most places we’ve played this season we’ve attracted clubs’ biggest crowd of the season. I’m quite sure there will be a big crowd there tonight.”
Newcastle managed to beat Doncaster Rovers back on October 24th, when current captain Kevin Nolan scored the winner is the 3rd minute of injury time at St. James’ Park.
That was an important goal and such an important win for Newcastle, because the side had just lost two successive away games at Nottingham Forest and Scunthorpe United.
And that win was the first of seven in a row that put Newcastle firmly positioned for promotion back to the Premiership.
“We scored in the 93rd minute that day ( well done Kevin Nolan) and they also missed a penalty earlier in the game.” “But they’ve showed it all season.”
“The strength for them is that they play a typical way in a tough demanding league.” “I think testament to them what they’ve done is persevered to their own style and done well in this division.”
“They are capable of beating any team in this division.”
And as far as Joey Barton is concerned, he will probably not start tonight’s game, but it is expected he could take a place on the bench tonight.
Chris was asked whether Joey will start tonight’s game and he said:
” Probably not. Joey has been out for the period he has and has only played 45 minutes of a training-ground game and 75 minutes in a reserve fixture.”
“We have nine games left, he is in the squad. How we use him will be down to the circumstances of the game and a mixture of things. He has been out for a long period of time and any player in that situation is always desperate to get in.”
“Joey has trained very well in the last two weeks after building up his fitness, and that is an indication of how desperate he is to be involved.”
But it’s good news that Joey is back and available for the side in these last vital 9 league games.
And today’s other positive surprise news (we’ll ignore the other bad news), is that center-back Mike Williamson appears to also be included in the squad tonight, and although he may not start, Mike should now be fit for the vital game next Monday night at home to 3rd placed Nottingham Forest.
Mike has been a huge player for Newcastle since he was signed from Portsmouth, and it will be great to have the 26 year-old back in the side.