Chris Hughton’s Newcastle team will be after points on Sunday and the word revenge doesn’t even enter the picture.
Chris Hughton – after points against Villa
Of course it was Villa’s 1-0 defeat of Newcastle on the last day of the season in 2009, that took Newcastle down to the Championship, where they did so well last season to bounce straight back.
And it was true that the Villa fans unfurled some banners which were rather harsh on the Newcastle fans, as most fans around the Premier League at the time seemed to be delighted that the famous Newcastle club were being relegated – they seemed to just love it.
But those banners and the Villa fans’ attitudes are hardly relevant for our game on Sunday, where vital points are at stake, and Chris told the Evening Chronicle today:
“There have certainly been no thoughts about that day from us.” “If I’m totally honest, I hadn’t even thought about it until I was asked the question.” “This is totally different now, it’s a different occasion, a different environment, a different ground and I can assure you it won’t be on the players’ minds.”
“The only thing we are focusing on is producing a good enough display to stay up.” “When the fixtures were about to come out, I really wanted a home start like everybody else.” “I think we would all have preferred it.” “But, saying that, the first home game is always as special fixture for everybody.”
“And it’s the chance for our supporters to welcome back Premier League football.” “It’s just one we’re all looking forward to.”
We may struggle a little on Sunday against a good Aston Villa side , and if we do find it difficult, that could set some red flags flying around St. James’ Park, that we may not have a strong enough squad to survive in England’s top league this season.
On the other hand, a decent and solid performance with 3 points in the bag, and things could look a lot different and a lot brighter on Sunday night.
And with the next game at Wolves the following weekend, which is surely a game Newcastle could also win, we could be on our way this season..
But first things first and we have to manoeuvre what looks like a tough first home game of the season on Sunday – but let’s keep upbeat and positive and support the lads as much as we can.
They’ll benefit greatly from that, and who knows we could record our first win of the season come 3:30 pm local time on Sunday afternoon, and if we do things will start to look a lot brighter in Newcastle’s garden.
Howay The Lads!!