Hughton Expecting Very Tough Game Tomorrow Night

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.

Chris continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 28, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #1

    I know there are not really any little games but this one could be huge in terms of psychological effect and numerical effect.

    A win would be just brill a win like some of our recent home wins would be superb but I would settle for one nil.

    Hell I would settle for a draw to be perfectly honest.

  • boater

    Mar 28, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Big Game! Power past forest and I’m ordering the champagne flutes – maybe not the champas quite yet.

    the article from the guardian about taylor, carroll and worst of all a DAMNING indictment on hughton’s managerial credentials,, and actually quite a defaming piece- she’s a dyed in the wool mackem louise taylor, previously a contributor to love supreme,

  • Sav

    Mar 28, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Not wanting to count any chickens but we are surely home and hosed if we trounce the trees tomorrow.
    As for Louise Taylor’s poisoned article, it lacks any substance, any attributable quotes and its assessment of Hughton’s position is not the voew of many, but as far as i can see is solely the view of the author, in this case, apparently a mackem.

  • lolly

    Mar 28, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Agree with the above that mackem lousie taylor had a field day when we went down last year she never has a good word to write about us god only knows how she has been judged as intelectual enough as to write for the guardian!!! Any ways!! hoping for a win 2m night im sticking my neck out and gonna say 2-0 the mags HOWAY THE LADS!!!!

  • Sav

    Mar 29, 2010 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #5

    This fracas apparently happened a week ago. It is a club management issue as well as team management, if one player puts another out for the rest of the season. So if Llambias and Ashley are going to hold an enquiry, the sooner they do it and issue some sort of statement, the better.

    In the absence of any official comment, the papers, especially the anti-NUFC ones, are running riot with ever more destructive rubbish. It seems Taylor has been quick to say he isn’t taking legal action, so that’s a good start.

    They don’t need to spell out what has happened, just give a statement that a disciplinary matter is being dealt with and the players involved have resolved their differences, have accepted the punishment meted out (which stays confidential) for breach of the club’s code of conduct and they remain committed to the club. It writes itself.
    If not, we are damned if Carroll is dropped, damned if he plays indifferently and damned if he scores the winner and then ‘waves insouciantly’ to the fans.

    But that Louise Taylor is a piece of work….

  • Solaidback

    Mar 29, 2010 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #6

    I can’t believe that its being reported that Shola will play up front with Carrol against Forest!!!!

    If he does that, we’re royally screwed, as Shola hasn’t played a full 90mins since last year & why would he drop Loverboy for that useless lump of flesh, if this is true, than CH really doesn’t know tactics & is likely going to lose us the game, so please CH, don’t make the biggest mistake of the season by playing Shola, this is what I think the team should be:

    Simpson, Williamson, Colo, Enrique
    Routledge, Gutherie, Smith/Nolan, Jonas
    Carrol, Loverboy

    Subs: Smith/Nolan, Barton, Krul, Kadar, R.Taylor, Pancrate, Ranger

    So NO SHOLA in the team!!!


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