Newcastle United will once again be well supported at Goodison Park tomorrow, when the faithful Newcastle fans will want the lads to play a lot better than they did last weekend against Blackpool, when they failed to convert one of the 7 good chances they created in that game.
Chris Hughton – losing is never easy
The Newcastle manager, Chris Hughton, has to hope that last week’s poor finishing was a one-off, and he’ll be hoping for better things tomorrow, just like the fans, but as Chris says – losing is never easy.
Chris talked to Sky Sports today:
“It’s not easy – it certainly ruins the rest of your weekend.” “But at some stage during that, something has to kick in, and what has to kick in is the realization that there was more good than bad.”
“Certainly from a game like that, if we hadn’t created the chances, I would have come away from it feeling even worse, but what we did do was create a lot of chances, as we did the game before away to Wolves.”
“You feel if we are still able to do that, we will possibly get a little bit more fortune than misfortune.” “Players being players, they tend to bounce back and have a spring in their step a little bit quicker because that’s the nature of the game.”
“They are the ones who are on the football pitch who have to do the hard graft for 94 minutes. They get their rest and recovery and go again.” “As managers and coaches, you are analysing things over and over in your head – but amongst all that, it does make you more determined.”
Chris is new to management, in that he’s been in charge at Newcastle for about 14 months now, and we’ve been surprised at just how well he seems to have coped with the challenges and stresses of being a manager – especially at Newcastle – which is never ever easy.
But one thing Chris is known for, is that he remains calm through thick and thin, good and bad, and that’s one of the aspects of his character and personalty that helps keep the players on a level track.
“Everybody has different personalities. I can shout and scream like the best of them, but my personality is my personality.” “But whatever your personality, it doesn’t make it any easier when you lose a football match.”
“It is a tough time because of all the questions you ask yourself – team selection, substitutes – but that’s the normal process.” “It certainly doesn’t make it any easier, but you have to bounce back from it and you have to have belief that you can go out in every game and get something from it.”
The signs are that Chris may keep the same starting eleven for tomorrow, and give the lads one more chance to make up for the terrible result of last Saturday.
But we’re almost certain that both new players Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote will play at some point tomorrow afternoon , but that Sol Campbell will need to wait until Wednesday evening to make his Newcastle debut against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, in the Carling Cup.