Chris Hughton is not to concerned about the pre-season games, and he thinks they have served their purpose.
Andy Carroll – no goals in pre-season
Chris believes like a lot of managers, that the friendly games are more about fitness work and getting the lads playing well together, than about winning and scoring goals.
But Chris is right not to like losing – even in friendly games – because it’s always good to win, and winning becomes a habit – and it gives the team confidence as well.
And most people hate to lose in any case. 😀
Chris said today:
“You have to look at all aspects of the game,” “Would we have preferred Andy to have scored? Yes, of course we would have done.” “But we know what the game is like for strikers.”
“Leon Best didn’t have the best of times last season and ended up playing less time than some of the others, but he comes back into pre-season and scores two goals.”
“Strikers are capable of going on a run at any time so Andy’s lack of goals in pre-season doesn’t concern us.” “It’s never nice losing football matches – especially so close to the start of the season,”
“But there were far more positives to take from the game than negatives. The negatives are we’ve conceded two goals in a game where I don’t think Rangers, for their possession, threatened as much as I thought they would do.”
“Defensively I think we coped quite well but in the area that mattered they were more clinical than we were.”
The very fact that Chris has pointed out that he is not concerned that Andy Carroll hasn’t scored yet in pre-season, means that he is concerned, otherwise why would he mention it?
Andy needs to get off the mark quickly this season, so his confidence isn’t too affected, but Chris is right to remain calm and not put undue pressure on the lad.
We thought Andy looked a great center-forward in the making last season – and remember the lad’s still just 21 years old, and will be given time by Newcastle’s talented coach.
Howay The Lads!!