Newcastle Face Huge Tests In First Two Premier League Games

As Newcastle fans are only too well aware of – their team Newcastle United face a massive first test against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday night in the first game of the new Premier League season.

Chris Hughton – massive first game on Monday night
And the second game next weekend at home to Aston Villa will not be much easier.

Hughton was at the Chelsea game in the Community Shield last weekend, to see the Red Devils beat Chelsea 3-1 and looked good.  Unfortunately the losers last week, Chelsea,  took West Brom completely  apart today 6-0,  and WBA just couldn’t match the far too skillful Chelsea side.

Chris Hughton talked about the Manchester United game:

“Looking at Manchester United  and the squad they’ve got and the quality they’ve got, it will be a massive challenge for us.”   “But this is what we worked so hard for last season to get straight back up into this division.”

“It’s probably not the ideal choice.”” I think the ideal choice would have been to have a home game but we have been there before on the first game of the season two seasons ago and we certainly gave a very good account of ourselves so we’re aware that everything’s possible even though we’re massive underdogs.”

“In some ways it relieves a little bit of pressure but the pressure we want to put on ourselves, whether it be at Old Trafford or Anfield or wherever, is we mustn’t go there with any fear,”

“To get something from the game we’re going to have to play well ourselves and Manchester United possibly not have such a good day, but that is possible.”

As we mentioned, fellow promotion club WBA had a tough game at Chelsea today and were well beaten 6-0 with a good hat-trick coming from Didier Drogba, and West Brom were just no match for the much quicker and much more skillful Chelsea side. It just shows the massive gap that obviously exists between the Premier League and the Championship in England.

The disappointing Wayne Rooney was terrible for England in his second World Cup running – four years ago he got himself famously sent off when England went down to Portugal in the quarter final –  and in the summer he looked only half the player he was for the Red Devils last season, when he got 34 goals.

Wayne may come back big this season – we hope that doesn’t start on Monday night – but he still has to show, along with many other England stars, that they can produce the goods when it matters on the big stage – and that the event is not just too much for their sometimes fragile mental condition.

Hughton continued:

“It’s certainly not just about one player. They have a wonderful squad and it’s going to have to be a really good team performance from us.”

As we saw today with Chelsea it’s not just out about one player, as their squads are massive in depth and skill, and even if Champions Chelsea and runners-up Manchester United played their second teams, there would be very little notable difference between their two sides.

But the very fact that WBA were thrashed 6-0 will be a good thing for the Newcastle players, as they will know very well that Monday night will be a massive first test – just in case they didn’t already know that.

After Monday night’s game we will play Aston Villa next weekend at home in front of a sell-out, and the Villa thrashed West Ham 3-0 on Saturday, and were just much more superior than that score suggests,  with former Newcastle player James Milner, maybe in his final game at the club,  was outstanding and scored Villa’s great third goal.

These will be two very tough games to start the season for Newcastle, but we live in hope that our boys ca n, and will rise to the occasion.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Rylandhall

    Aug 14, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #1

    first! hwtl

  • roblee7

    Aug 14, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #2

    just thinking on james milner, when he was ours i honestly found him one of the most frustrating players to watch ashehad no end product….that was all he lacked in becoming a really great player. Now he has that, but what is it with players coming to us and not being able to cut it? I mean, i know harewoods goals were flooky the day, but still!!know what i mean? even jon dahl tomasson looked decent when he left us….

  • roblee7

    Aug 15, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #3

    and was i the only one who couldn’t understand us selling abdoulaye faye a couple years ago?not to get confused with amdy as he was a shocker, but abdoulaye i always though was a solid, premier league standard centre back and excellent cover, if not first teamer…

  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 15, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #4

    roblee7, I think a lot of it is tactics. Tomasson was usually deployed as an out-and-out striker for us when really he was exactly the same as Pedro.

    Attacking midfielder/second striker that created chances as well as adding the odd goal.

    Milner I think he just preferred Villa and was happier there. When he came back you could tell he preferred it there and I wasn’t surprised when he joined them.

    As for others, I think sometimes it’s our own fault (the fans). If you don’t impress on your first game you’ll be hated sometimes you’ll be hated before you’ve even played.

    Leon Best for example. People were saying he was a shocking signing before he’d played a second and before they’d seen him.

    But if you have a good debut people will love you – like Gutierrez. Played amazing against Man U, but then didn’t do a great deal for the rest of the season in all fairness.

  • baro

    Aug 15, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #5

    according to the mirror, Newcastle are hopeful of completing the signing of Hatem Ben Arfa this coming week so that he can make his debut at home vs Aston Villa. Newcastle were hopeful of signing him in time so that he can play against Manchester United on Monday but, Marseille president blocked the transfer and they are starting it all over in hopes of sealing a move to england. Just hope we sign him.

  • Thump

    Aug 15, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #6

    You’re wrong, Ed. One huge test and then a score to settle.


  • Ericles

    Aug 15, 2010 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Time to ignore the mind games that Manky U and the media play. Manky U can be beaten – we have proved it in the past. It will be a hard test on Monday and I believe a fought for draw is a pissibility. If Manky U are not allowed to overawe their opposition they can be taught a lesson or two. Howay the lads on the bright side.

  • Ericles

    Aug 15, 2010 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #8

    Sorry – possibility!!!!


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