You wouldn’t expect Chris Hughton at this stage of the season to take any game for granted, and true to form Chris is warning today that the game on Monday night against Nottingham Forest will be a tough one.
Chris Hughton – Forest will be tough game
As we expected Chris is rightly urging caution for the important game tomorrow night:
“What you can’t afford to do is think beyond Monday’s game before you actually get there,”
“At the moment all our focus is on that.”“What we can do is create more daylight between us and Forest, though there’s no doubt if we win the game we make it more difficult for Forest and do ourselves a big favour as well.”
“By their standards this season, Forest are going through a difficult period away from home,”“But are they vulnerable? “That can very easily go out of the window when they have a big game at St James’. It can affect teams and players in different ways.”
“We have a very, very good record at St James’ but we’ve also seen teams come to St James’ and play very well. Not too long ago I saw a West Brom side that’s not too far away from Forest in the table, come here and perform very, very well.”
“We were good enough on that occasion to get a draw, but probably we didn’t deserve it.”
Newcastle have been in good form at home this year and have scored 21 goals in their last five home games, and we expect Chris to field an attacking side tomorrow night.
A number of the Newcastle players are now fit again, and available for selection including Lovenkrands, Smith and Alan Smith.
So Chris will have some selection decisions to make for the vital game.
“We’ve had games of late where we’ve started very well, and what an early goal does is lift confidence and life the crowd,”
“But I’m not so sure what type of game it will be. It’s about their approach to a game they will feel they have to win.”
“They might play a little bit cagey, on the counter-attack a little bit more. We’re not quite sure what to expect.”
“But what we do expect from our team is a good enough tempo to see us reproduce some of the performances we have done at home.”
Newcastle have to remember that Forest tore WBA apart at the Hawthorns on 8th January, when they over-ran and outplayed WBA and were 3-0 up before winning that game 3-1.
The Magpies will need to expect that Forest play at their very best, but a win is what an expected 50,000 Geordies will be expecting tomorrow night at Sty. James’ Park.
And if Newcastle do get the win, then some early promotion celebrations could be in order.