There’s No Over Confidence At Newcastle

There’s been a lot of talk recently of Newcastle being promoted, and while it looks very very likely right now, we can take nothing for granted.

Danny Simpson – not over-confident

But having seen the way in which Chris Hughton has managed the club this season, the last thing he is going to let happen is for players to assume they are already promoted.

To say that Chris is pragmatic is a huge understatement, and one of his top qualities is how he has prepared the team for each and every match this season.

The game on Monday night against Nottingham Forest promises to be some game,  and we should see Newcastle fighting like crazy to get the win that will almost (but not quite) guarantee promotion this season.

And of course not only getting an automatic promotion place but winning the Championship has to be the aim, and West Brom are racking up win after win right now.

Newcastle right back Danny Simpson has come out today and said the Newcastle players  are taking nothing for granted regarding promotion:

“Everybody has been looking at the table and we know we need to stay up there,”

“We want to be up at the top right the way to the end.” “But we know that there are still eight games to go.”

“It’s all about concentrating on playing football and getting results.” “If we are picking points up every week we know were doing our job.”

The 23-year-old has become an almost permanent member of Newcastle’s side this season appearing 31 times already, and he is very popular on Tyneside, often waxing lyrical about the club and its fans.

He has also more than once mentioned how Newcastle is a much bigger club in every way than a certain Sunderland, and we all know that will go over very well with the Newcastle faithful.

Danny continued and again mentioned the Newcastle fans:

“The fans have been great.” “It’s the best period of my career so far and hopefully it will only get better if we can win promotion and the title.”

And that in a nutshell is what is still left to accomplish this season.
promotion but also going back to the Premiership as Champions.

There is also a chance that West Brom may drop some points tomorrow afternoon, when they visit Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

West Brom have won their last 5 league games and Reading have won 5 of their last 6, drawing the other one, and have been in tremendous form following their FA Cup heroics.

Reading have had recent home wins of 5-0 and 4-1 against Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County, so WBA may have a tough time of it tomorrow afternoon we suspect – or should that be we hope. :D.

Comments very welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 26, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #1

    A timely warning against complacency, Ed!

    Apart from Reading (A) and Leicester (H) the Baggies have an easy run in which could well net them 16 to 18 points – maybe more. So 96 points is still well within their grasp, barring a sudden loss of form, and they show no signs of that.

    This means we have to win six of our last eight games to stay at the top, so no lifting collective feet off the pedal even if we beat Forest.

  • Ericles

    Mar 26, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Agreed. Complacency could see us in the playoffs. At the moment, even though it looks like a two horse race, West Brom are no pushover and could pip us to coming top. On averages all season though I still think top spot is ours.

  • wsquare

    Mar 26, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #3

    danny simpson is shite. good enough for championship though.

  • boater

    Mar 26, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #4

    The party for me starts when we (if) are assured of automatic promotion.

    Top spot is the icing on the cake aye,, but I said from the get-go this season is not about glory,, it’s about rebuilding and consolidation,, which UNBELIEVABLY we have done astonishingly well all things considered.

    The added bonuses to reflect upon – new classy and astute management/coaching team, the signings of Routledge, Williamson, Simpson,,, hell maybe even Hall. And of course the form of Carroll, Guthrie, Loverboy as well as the 3 hispanic gentlemen in our fold.

  • boater

    Mar 26, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #5

    wsquare – let a little sunshine in man. Simpson has the raw stuff (pace, technique) to improve, I’m sure he will.

    Colo, simpson,, anyone one else you want to lay into whilst you’re at it?

  • Whumpie

    Mar 26, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #6

    We’ve got the squad depth now to maintain a better run-in than WBA. CH has shown how he can work around injuries well, thanks to some very clever signings, and I think WBA will drop further away by the end of the season.

    And let’s not forget that these guys are looking over their shoulders at who may be bought in during the summer…

  • StaffsToon

    Mar 26, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #7 headline that Forest facing 50,000 at st james. hope the Forest players r getn nice n nervous!!!! HWTL :))

  • Sav

    Mar 27, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Just as Reading’s form has been improved by a successful run in the FA Cup, so we will need the morale boost in August of knowing we came up as champions and finished this season of shame on a high.

  • Sav

    Mar 27, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Plus our fans don’t deserve to have the baggies fans steal our little bit of an afternoon in the sun, after a tremendous fans’ showing this year..


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