Newcastle will have a tricky game in the Carling Cup tonight at Accrington Stanley.
Chris Hughton – tricky game tonight
But Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s still a competition we want to do well in.” “There are lots of different aspects.” “We will pay the competition the respect it deserves, but more so we must pay Accrington Stanley the respect they deserve.”
“More than that, though, we have to look after our own business.” “We have quite a few injuries, especially defensively, which is an area that we are stretched in at the moment.”
“It’s an opportunity to play a lot of the lads who have been on the fringes of the squad.”
There’s no doubt the thing that will be on Chris Hughton’s mind will be the 2-0 exit at Peterborough United last year, when he probably played too many youngsters in that game, and he duly admitted that, but he will have learned from the experience.
Chris will be keen to avoid a shock result tonight, it’s the last thing we want, even though the two Cups this season are second priority to the Premier League.
“What you have in a game like this is a romantic side of football.” “But behind it what you have is a smaller club who worked hard to get into the Football League.”
“They have managed to do that and they have done it with a tight budget. They have worked their finances very tightly.” “You have to applaud them for that and that’s the nice part of football.”
Hughton has always respected every club he has come up against at Newcastle, and always has something good to say about them – and that’s good for him too and shows the gentleman he is.
It’s true that Accrington are a good little club, who were founded back in 1968, and they will be looking forward big time to this game, and will of course go all out to win it – and why not?
And would you believe that Chris has won the League Cup when he was an assistant to George Graham at Tottenham, and of course Newcastle have won nothing since we won the Fairs Cup back on 1969 – and I was that home game.
If Chris wins anything for Newcastle in the next few seasons, he will go down in Geordie folklore – but he’s already there – after rescuing the Newcastle club so dramatically last season and getting the lads promoted at the very first attempt.
“It was something I won as a coach with George Graham at Spurs in 1999.” “It is still a big thing to win.” “We are certainly going there to win and do well in this competition.”
If we are talking about winning something this season then the Carling Cup would be the easiest one to win – but we are not getting carried away, and we will be very happy to survive in the PL this season, and then push on with strengthening the squad again next summer.