Chris Hughton thinks he saw some signs of pre-season progress yesterday at Carrow Road, even though the lads went down 2-1 to Norwich City.
Chris Hughton – learned things yesterday
The two goals scored by Chris Martin, were not good ones to concede from a Newcastle point of view.
The Newcastle manager made 10 changes in all to ensure the fringe players got a game before the bigger pre-season games start next weekend.
Chris said today:
“It was the type of test we needed,” “There are no excuses for losing but it is part of our pre-season program and we got what we wanted out of the game.”
“I never like losing, irrespective of whether it’s a pre-season friendly game or during the season, so that was disappointing, but it was about everyone getting another 45 minutes under their belts.”
“They were very good opposition with a lot of momentum in their game, and it was tough. Norwich showed they are a team in very good rhythm, they’ve been back longer than we have and played more minutes than we have and they deserved their win.”
“We’ll look to push on next week.”
Newcastle will have games against PSV Eindhoven and Glasgow Rangers coming up, and Chris will need to field more first-teamers for those games, but we cannot afford to have any more of our starters injured, before the season starts on August 16th at Old Trafford.
But this shows our squad is still not big enough or with enough quality – yet – but we live in continual hope.
Written from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.