It was a sobering day yesterday for Newcastle United fans as the new Premier League fixtures were announced, and Newcastle again got Manchester United away on the first day of next season – probably the toughest game they could have been given.
Chris Hughton – tough first game
Once the fixture list had been released Newcastle manager Chris Hughton talked to the official site:
“It’s a tough start for us, we would have preferred a home game to kick the season off but you take what you get. We can take heart and confidence from the 1 – 1 draw we earned at Old Trafford two years ago on the opening day of the 2008/09 season.”
“Villa at home the following week is another tough one but a great game to begin our home campaign. You tend to look at the number of back-to-back games you have against the top six/eight teams and our fixture list looks to be fairly balanced in that respect.”
“I’m pleased we have the first Tyne/Wear derby at St. James’ Park, it’s probably the first game the fans look for, and many of the players too, especially the local lads.”
“I’m happy for our supporters too that for the first time in nine years we’re at home on Boxing Day, with a terrific game against Manchester City in store.”
“After that, it’s just big game after big game but that’s what the Premier League is all about.”
Chris was generally upbeat yesterday in the many interviews he gave to the press following the release of the fixtures.
And the Newcastle manager is already stating that his team will not be afraid to go anywhere in the league and pick up points,, including Old Trafford.
That was good to hear because Chris is at least getting the lads prepared for a tough season and he’s again being positive.
We never liked the way Sam Allardyce would go to a tough venue, and defend from the outset trying to get a draw – that’s not the Newcastle way of doing things because fortune always favors the brave.
The way Sam went about it – and we saw it with his Blackburn side last season, was a way to give two points away in any game, becasue you start playing for one point instead of three.
And funny things happen in football when teams go for it, as we are seeing in the World Cup, which is such a terrific world spectacle to watch.
As an example yesterday, Mexico had one of the ir greatest wins ever when they beat a poor France side 2-0 – and boy did the Mexicans celebrate?
But when England beat Mexico 3-1 in their pre-tournament warm up game, Mexico were much the better side and played good flowing football, and they looked good yesterday – and may even be the best Mexican side ever.
The Mexicans love their football so much, and when I was at IBM I traveled to Mexico a lot and remember watching football in the pubs down there when their National side was playing – and they went crazy with every Mexican goal – so I can just imagine what it was like yesterday.
And if Newcastle go about each game next season, as they did last year in the Championship, with that positive attitude that they can win every game, then Newcastle fans may well be in for a few surprises next season – on the upside.
Weak heart never won fair lady.
Howay The Lads!!