One of the many good things that Chris Hughton has done at Newcastle this season, is to build up team spirit and continually told the players that they cannot get carried away with their success.
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And it seems that every day Chris has rammed home the fact that when a game is over, that’s it, and the only thing the lads should be thinking about is the next game, and how to win it.
And in fact that’s exactly what Chris was talking about last night after the game, getting the lads ready so they can win at Peterborough on Saturday afternoon.
Immature teams could beat Forest and then lose to the bottom-placed side, but that will not happen to Newcastle, because Hughton will not allow it.
That’s what good sides do, and why they keep on winning, even when they have an off day, which teams will always have during the season.
That’s something we haven’t had in the side since the days of Bobby Robson, where the side has a professional approach and are very hard to beat, and in fact never know when they are beaten.
We mention this because it could auger well for next season in the Premiership.
There are sides there who beat us last season, yet didn’t have the same quality as Newcastle, but our side lacked the fight and fire of the opposition.
Some examples are Stoke City, Hull City and Blackburn to mention only three.
That has now been corrected by Chris this season, with the help of Colin Calderwood, and some of our senior and more mature players like Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith and Steve Harper.
So there may be some good things to look forward to next season with this squad, once it is suitably strengthened in the summer.
At least if the lads are defeated in a game next season, they’ll at least have given the game all they have, and that’s all Newcastle fans had ever asked of their players.