Chris Hughton will again entrust Newcastle’s run in the Carling Cup tonight with some of the Newcastle youngsters.
Chris Hughton – wants a win tonight in Lancashire
Fans will remember last year when Newcastle started six teenagers at Peterborough United, and went out of the Carling Cup 2-0, and we have to hope the same thing doesn’t happen tonight.
But Hughton seems to have every faith in the Newcastle youngsters, as he talked before the game tonight at Accrington Stanley:
“Yes, it is a risk but that is the faith I have in these young players,” “You have a decision to make. That decision is that you could go with more experienced players – and there will be some experienced players in the squad.”
“But I think for a lot of these lads it is an opportunity and if I did not have faith that we could win this game, I certainly would not make these changes.”
“It is a wonderful test for them. I do think it is important they get opportunities to play. If we are a club that says we like to develop our own young players, at some stage, you have got to give them opportunities. We know in this division, that is going to be tougher.”
“It is a lot tougher pushing them on the way you’d want to so you have to look for opportunities and for us, this game is an opportunity.” “What you do not want to do is give the competition or Accrington a lack of respect.”
Newcastle have never played Accrington Stanley, and have never visited their Crown Ground, and it will be a new experience for both the Newcastle players and management.
Chris Hughton seems to think his side can cope with the limited facilities and are ready to win the game in Lancashire at the first attempt tonight.
Chris continued and said the team will use the Crown ground facilities:
“Yes, absolutely we are getting changed there. We are looking forward to it. It’s a strange one what with the name Accrington brings to you,”“It is a place I have not been to before which is quite surprising.”
“There will be a lot of others who have not been there before but this type of game is one nearly everyone will have experienced.”
“We know the pitfalls, they are going to be a highly motivated team with us going there and we know they will use the elements of the ground and the pitch to the best of their ability. But that is the challenge.”
We have no problem with Chris giving the youngsters a game tonight, but the team has to also include enough experience so that we can get through this round.
The gossip press are only too willing to jump on the Newcastle club, with things seemingly going quite well at the start of the season – so we are definitely looking for a win tonight at the Crown ground.