Chris Hughton and the Newcastle club’s priority this season just has to be Premier League survival – that’s the only thing that matters, especially after what happened yesterday, against one of the weaker sides in the league.
Carlo Ancelotti – Newcastle meet this manager’s team in 10 days time
So it will be interesting to see what team Chris picks for the Carling Cup tie in 10 days time at Chelsea.
But it’s almost a certainty that he will play our new players like Ben Arfa, Sol Campbell and Cheick Tiote in that game.
Chris Hughton insists Newcastle are taking the Carling Cup very seriously, as he told the Sunday Sun today:
“I know what my team selections have been historically but we’re taking the Carling Cup very seriously this season,” “We know how difficult it will be to win it. And we certainly know how difficult it will be at Chelsea in the third round.”
“But do we want to make progress? Absolutely we do.” “I’m not going into it having decided what my team will be already. It’s one that I will see where we are when it arrives,” “What can happen over the week before then can affect how I think about it. If players have got little niggles or pains then I might not play them.”
“I am conscious that Chelsea is a difficult place to go for any player, not just a young player, and that will have an influence on the way that I think about my team selection.” “I have an idea but I haven’t made any decisions on that one just yet.”
It’s a good time to give all the new players their debuts and then see how they play, and then whether they deserve to keep their places for the league game following the Carling Cup – which is a home game against Stoke City on the following Sunday, and that doesn’t look too easy either.
In our relegation season we were 2-0 up against Stoke at half time in that same fixture, with both goals from Michael Owen, but then Newcastle allowed two goals in the second half to only get a draw.
And to make things worse for the Magpies, former Newcastle player Abdoulaye Faye scored the equalizer in the first minute of injury time.
Just think, those 2 lost points could have saved us from relegation, so every single point this season is so vital for the Newcastle United club, and the next few league games will be absolutely crucial.
And the Carling Cup cannot be too much of a priority.