Why Newcastle Must Now Keep On Winning


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.

Comments welcome.


7 comments so far

  • geordie_india

    Mar 30, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Well said Ed!!! howay the lads

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Mar 30, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #2

    To get promoted with games to so many games to spare is a tremendous achievement by the players and back room staff.

    The players have worked SO HARD to get us back to the Premiership that I fully believe none of the first team will want to leave. They have proven they want to play in the Premiership with Newcastle and no-one else, so forget about Enrique or anyone else leaving.

    Okay Hughton will have his work cut out to transform us from a Championship team to a top ten Premiership team, but credit where credit is due, his remit was to get us back and that’s exactly what he’s done.

    Thank you to Chris and all the players for making me proud of this football club again

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  • wsquare

    Mar 30, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #3

    don’t buy rejects period. the best rule of thumb to stay up in the premier league and stay competitive.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #4

    I was a bit dissapointed in the size of the crowd last night only 46,000 I thought we might have had over 50,000 with it being an important game. I suppose the rain & the fact it was on TV may have had someting to do with it

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  • balubas1

    Mar 30, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Hope my theory that it was “healthy” for Newcastle to go down for a season comes true next season.. when a side goes down a division it can help to develop the players in a sence that they learn how to play together and how to win together.. once the “winning-code” is broken by playing weaker sides, they can take this momentum in to the next season to get that edge over “on-the-paper” weaker sides that we lost to last season (like the one’s Ed mentioned). Yes, football is a very psycological game:)

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  • Charlietoon

    Mar 30, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #6

    We will need one or two more quality players next season. I thought Ameobi would go but he might have scored his way back into contention. He has had his shot before and scored goals in the premiership and given the difficulty best seems to be having scoring with our team he may be the better choice. Maybe we can sell Best back to a championship side like. I’d like to send Ranger out on loan for 6 months leaving us with Carroll,Mcloven,Bambi and room for one other speedy striker.

    A relegated Wigan may take some bucks for Moses if we offer it.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Mar 31, 2010 at 5:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Geordiedoonsooth was a bit disapponted with the crowd myself,think it was the weather, i got soaked but was well worth it mate.Looked closer to 48000 to me.Great blog ed keep up the good work.

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