Chris Hughton has warned that it will not be an easy game against a stubborn and determined Blackpool side, at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.
Chris Hughton – Blackpool will not be easy
Ian Holloway will be trying to have Blackpool be the first side to win at St. James Park for over 15 months on Saturday afternoon.
Of course after Newcastle thrashed Aston Villa 6-0 in their first home game of the season, Newcastle fans will be wanting to see another big win on Saturday, but that’s not always how football works.
And Chris Hughton is well aware that Blackpool can make it very difficult for his Newcastle side in this game.
Hughton has rightly warned his players not to underestimate Holloway’s side, who have actually looked quite good in the Premier League in a couple of their league games, where they have made the other teams work so hard to get any breakthrough.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“What we’ve tried to do over a period of time is manage the expectations and that is the case against Blackpool.” “We’re talking about a Blackpool side that went to Wigan and scored four goals.”
“So if that is a reminder to anybody that it’s not going to be easy then so be it.” “They are a team on the same points as us and they have started the season equally to us.”
“And when you look at the table and see some teams have yet to get off the mark, that shows how well they’ve done.” “We can be confident but it’s important to look at getting a victory, whatever way that comes, than how many we’re going to score.”
“It’s a very competitive division but I think everyone is realistic.” “There is a top-eight section in the league and, over a 38-game period, those teams that have consistently finished in it in the last few seasons will be there or thereabouts.”
One of Chris Hughton’s top management traits is his ability to get his team ready for every single match, and it’s hard to remember when a Newcastle side ever went into a game over-confident, when Chris Hughton has been the manager.
The Blackpool fixture is exactly the type of game that the less professional teams will slip up on – if they go into the game expecting to win big.
Blackpool have indeed made a good start to the season, and it will by no means be an easy game, and the lads will be told that continually by the manager before they take the field at 3:00 pm on Saturday afternoon in front of an expected sell-out crowd.
But if Newcastle can get off to a good start, and say an early goal, there’s every chance we will end up with all 3 points – and that’s what we are after with this game – and nothing less.
But there will be no under-estimating of any team by Newcastle, while Chris Hughton is in charge on Tyneside, and that has to be good.