We’re In This Cup To Do Well And Win It – Hughton


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.

Chris continued:

“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.

Chris continued:

“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.

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42 comments so far

  • geordielad880

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #1

    I sounds like he will give the back four a complete rest, incase anyone gets injured, i have got a bad feeling about tonights game 🙁

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #2

    I think he will have said to the young lads that tonight is their chance to shine, and that they will be his players for the cup competition, so the further they get in the cup, the more gmes they will get.

    I aint bothered if we stay in or go out, we went out early last year, and part of me thinks, how different would we have been in the league if we stayed in the cup longer!?

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #3

    ok..assuming we are leading the race for hba..u think he will be ready in time for this wk mathc or next wk match..afterall deadline of transfer window.is next wk yea?

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  • Charlietoon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #4

    I’ll be up at 4.45am to watch this in Sydney Aus….Anyone got any good channels? I dont think iraq goals will have this one.

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #5

    If HBA comes by thurs he can play sat but im not holding my breath on that one lol, no1 has pointed out any conclusive evidence hes coming other than “reading behind the lines of the actually quotes from OM” i cant buy into that

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #6

    i actually think we could win the carling cup though, i would even concentrate on it more than the FA cup, as i dont think we could win that, the top sides want to win that, it could be the trophey newcastle fans have been waiting for!! he still should play r.taylor, ameobi, lovo, ranger, etc tonight, so hopefully we wont lose

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  • Tommy Gibb

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Steven Taylor now on the transfer list

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #8

    toonruz, sweendog- anymore info on hba?

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #9

    tommy gibb- r u kidding?

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #10

    hey should we try fernando cavenaghi?

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #11

    no he is transfer listed, its on SSN

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #12

    its a shock..y is it so?

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #13

    hey should we try fernando cavenaghi

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m not quite confident we can get HBA but hopefully if we cannot sign him we can go to another choice before windows close.

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  • clooneytoon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #15

    rumors we are after boughera with taylor leaving.

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #16

    charlie toon

    adthe.net always has the match on

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  • shenryo

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #17

    very disappointed with the Taylor news

    disgrace for me to be honest, he’ll go on to somebody and make us sick – another part of the Cashley regime

    if you want top players you cant pay bargain basement wages, I bet Taylor goes on to a good club and makes us rue the day we sold him

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  • Charlietoon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Haha all this off one guy saying he is transfer listed…

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  • clooneytoon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #19

    its on sky sports news

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #20

    its on sky sports charlietoon

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  • shenryo

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #21

    deffo happened! all over SSN

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #22

    well done ashley, i would do the same thing, he is a joke, he is always injured, and been asking for 45k a week, he is one of the most overated players ever to play for newcastle

    Get mancienne from chelsea as a replacement

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #23

    boughera not a bad choice either

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Maybe because he doesn’t need to extend his contract but I really don’t know what happen behind the door.

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #25

    maybe campbell is not fit if we are stretched defensively
    If so, it will be ryan taylor right back, kadar and tav at LB and CB but who plays where I am not sure. Surely we would then have to include one of our first teamers at CB but it could still be Sol

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #26

    boughera is boumson mark2, he is terrible, very overated, no thanks, mancienne for me

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #27

    link for steve taylor rumour??

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #28

    i dont think mancienne is good enough.already 22 and only make 5 app for chelsea in 6 yrs

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Xisco is injured and Guthrie is recovering – neither should feature meaning Smith or Barton must be starting to partner Vuckic and Lovenkrands should play but with either Shola or Ranger rather than Xisco

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  • clooneytoon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #30

    nufc offered over 40k taylor wanted over 60k, glad theyre getting rid if thats the case

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  • clooneytoon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #31

    what other club will offer him 60k, nobody.

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #32

    http://twitter.com/SkySportsLive

    http://msnsport.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_6335009,00.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    If the great habib beye got booed at st.james’ then stevey taylor will undoubtedly get booed when he returns with whatever team he goes to

    I’ll take 7.5 mill

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #33

    he will go to someone like Liverpool on deadline day on 50-55 grand in the end

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #34

    i think our defence is quite alright with williamson replacing him..and tiote in front of back four.so i dont mind see s taylor go at least for 4-5 mil…hope can spend the fee..

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #35

    alan shearer yeah he hasnt played much for chelsea, but neither has van aanholt, is he not good?

    he had to get in a side that had carvalho, alex, terry etc etc, wasnt going to happen.
    Played well for wolves, and he is proven in the prem, and can play right back, and midfield

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  • newcastle10

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #36

    i dont know why footballers can be so greedey. i would only love to play proffesional football.but now its all money

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  • munch27

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #37

    gotta wonder if taylor money is too fund HBA?

    heres hopeing

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #38

    munch 27, in one word

    “NO”- ben arfa aint coming!

    Its to pay for tiote and perch, so ashley will have spent zip

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  • Taylor_Toon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Surely nobody is blaming ashley for this???? Why does this little runt desereve to pe paid more than the other palyers? If he really wanted to play for us he would have accepted the 40k a week deal and got on with it but no he has to be greedy and ask for an extra 20k on top! I think Bigger Lad and jailbird Barton will be paying him a visit shortly and the healine will be “Taylor leaves SJP with a broken jaw and an arsehole like a £5 coin” hahahahaha

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 25, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #40

    Guthrie Injured for tonight

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