Newcastle have put in two very good performances in the last couple of games, with essentially two completely different sides.
Chris Hughton – not getting carried away
After their amazing 6-0 win last Sunday afternoon against Aston Villa, Chris Hughton took a leaf out of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal play-book, by playing an all changed side in the Carling Cup second round on Wednesday night at Accrington Stanley.
But the young guns still won that game 3-2, with some excellent individual performances from the Newcastle youngsters.
Youngsters like Kazenga LuaLua, Shane Ferguson, Tim Krul and James Tavernier all impressed at Stanley, while senior players like Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands all got on the score-sheet, in the very satisfying 3-2 victory.
At his pre-match press conference this morning, Hughton said:
“It’s been a good week. We were delighted with the team that performed so well on Wednesday night. It was a very tough game, we did change the team, and a lot of young lads performed very well. But they’re the sort of headaches that you want at any football club.”
“I was delighted that we had three senior lads that all got on the score-sheet.” “When they’re playing in a game that’s very much a young team, you want them to be professional, you want them to be supportive of the young lads and you want them to lead the way and certainly that’s what they did on Wednesday night.”
“But I would expect nothing less – they’re very good professionals.” “You can only pick 11 players in any starting line-up and what we have been able to encourage here is a good work-ethic and a good team spirit, and we all know that things change. And that’s why everyone’s pushing for places. For some, it’ll soon come around.”
“We had an exceptional result at home to Aston Villa last weekend,” “We know that type of scoreline is generally reserved for the likes of your Chelseas, your Arsenals and your Manchester Uniteds so we’re very conscious of that.”
“They don’t come around too often but when they do you’ve got to make the most of the feeling that they can create within a football club.” “At the moment, it’s about keeping everybody’s feet on the ground going into a very, very difficult game at Wolves.”
We have been very impressed with the way Chris Hughton is building up the Newcastle club, and proof of that was the way the youngsters applied themselves on Wednesday night, to give Accrington Stanley a good game, and to come away victorious was just great. It will give the young lads a lot of confidence – not to mention the good experience they got from the game.
Hughton also insists that nobody at St. James’ Park will be getting carried away with the results so far this season, as the lads prepare to take on a Wolves side who have made an unbeaten start to the season, and will be tough opposition tomorrow afternoon.
We’d be happy enough to get a draw tomorrow afternoon, but a win would be especially good, to put the Newcastle side on 6 points after just 3 games, which would be an excellent start to this very important season for the Newcastle club.