Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has come out today and said he doesn’t want to over-react to last week’s terrible result against Blackpool.
Hatem Ben Arfa – may start on the bench again tomorrow
But surely that doesn’t mean he will start the same side for a 5th successive time in the league, when we have good players like Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Sol Campbell sitting on the bench.
There is a hint that he may indeed start the same eleven, in the same 4-5-1 formation he has used all season, at Goodison Park tomorrow afternoon, in a game to be televised live around the world.
If Chris does that it will be a disappointment to most Newcastle fans, who would love to see some of the new boys given their chance, after such a poor result last weekend against the firm relegation favorites - Blackpool.
Chris Hughton told the Newcastle Journal today:
“It’s vitally important not to over-react to the defeat,” “It wasn’t one of our best performances but we’d be happy going into future games creating the amount of chances we did against Blackpool.
“We’ve got to look past the last game – it hurt but we’ve got to look beyond that. The three games we played before then we were satisfied with the performances.”
“So we certainly feel there are more pluses than minuses in those games but, of course, it’s about gaining points.”
It’s OK being loyal to your players, but sometimes being too loyal becomes a disadvantage, and when a team doesn’t produce, and you have good players to bring in – surely that’s the time to do that – bring some new players in to give them their chance and revitalize the side.
Otherwise, when will Chris ever change the starting eleven?
And Chris continued by saying:
“You always want players knocking on the door and you want a group of lads who want to play and who’re disappointed when they don’t play,”
“What we said when the window closed was we wanted to have a squad that gave us decisions to make regarding the team selection and that is what we have.”
That sounds a little message to the new boys that they may not start tomorrow afternoon, as far as we can decipher. But we’d like to see changes made to the starting eleven tomorrow, but that’s a big hint today that just may not happen.
However, Chris can be wily before games, and he may just be masking what his starting eleven will indeed be for tomorrow afternoon.