Newcastle manager Chris Hughton admitted it was not good to lose the last pre-season friendly, before having to take on the mighty Manchester United a week tomorrow at Old Trafford.
Peter Lovenkrands – made a difference yesterday
Chris spoke rhetorically after the game yesterday:
“Do I think we are ready? Well we have to be now and I think we are.” “We don’t like losing, but I don’t think we are any different to some of the other clubs in the Premier League.”
“They have had results that have gone against them in pre-season – even the bigger clubs.”
“I am quite sure they will be ready for the start of the season and I am quite sure we will be too.”
The current squad are fighting for starting places and Campbell, Gosling, Simpson and Steven Taylor are still out injured, and arguably all four can be starters at Newcastle this coming season.
“What I have said to this group of lads is they are all playing for starting places.” “They are all still fighting, but if you look at our squad and what we have – that is the nucleus of our starting line-up for certain.”
“It is never nice losing football matches – especially so close to the start of the season.”
“However, there were far more positives than negatives.” “The negatives are we have conceded two goals in a game where Rangers, for their possession, threatened as much as I thought they would do.”
“Defensively we coped well, but they were more clinical than we were.”
Chris has 8 days to get the lads ready for the Manchester United game, which will be televised live around the world.
If we can fight all the way and maybe even get a result – that’s what we need to start the season, but one thing we are looking forward to seeing this season, is a much tougher side, and one that will fight to the death in the Premier League games.
That will differentiate the lads from the team that was relegated a year last May – they just didn’t have enough guts – if we are to be honest.
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