Newcastle Must Show Consistency From Now On

In their five league games so far this season, three have been very surprising results.

Chris Hughton – Newcastle need to beat Stoke on Sunday

The only results that were in any way expected were the 3-0 hiding we took at Old Trafford, and the tough fought 1-1 draw at Wolves.

But the other three results have been surprising with two of the three on the upside – Newcastle’s 6-0 mauling of Aston Villa at home, Newcastle’s surprising 2-0 defeat at home to Blackpool, and Newcastle’s unlikely 1-0 win at Goodison Park on Saturday, which was Newcastle’s first win there for nine years.

To be fair to Newcastle, both manager Hughton and captain Kevin Nolan said last week they would learn from the Blackpool defeat and come back quickly, but we hardly expected the win on Saturday, although we were always hopeful.  But in truth Newcastle were the better side at Goodison, and thoroughly deserved all 3 points.

Next up is Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, but manager Carlo Ancelotti has said he will play a number of youngsters in the Carling Cup game – but that doesn’t help too much.

Chelsea’s second team will be more than a tough test for the Newcastle side.

We don’t expect anything out of the Stanford Bridge game, and anything but a defeat would be a nice surprise, but the top priority has to be to get all 3 points at home to Stoke City next Sunday afternoon.

The game is again being televised live around the world, and two years ago in this fixture Newcastle were two goals up at half time but lost two points when former Newcastle player Abdoulaye Faye equalized in injury time.

Let’s hope Chris Hughton drums into his Newcastle players that we need to right that poor result that cost us relegation in our last Premier League season.

Stoke City are a difficult side to play, since they are always pressing, and it will not be an easy game by any means.  But Newcastle will be expected to take all 3 points out of this game, especially after last time out at St. James’ Park, when the lads lost their 26 game unbeaten run,  to relegation favorites Blackpool.

Consistency is key, and it’s not even the lads don’t put in the effort, as it’s very rare that Newcastle take the opposition lightly, and 3 points on Sunday afternoon against Stoke City will make more Newcastle fans true believers in their side this season.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • WesJameson

    Sep 20, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Lets hope we can get some consistency going , with it, im sure we will finish, in the Top 10 at least 🙂

  • Davies

    Sep 20, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Any chance you can stop banging on about that Blackpool match?

    It’s been mentioned more than any other I can think of since this blog started. Move on FFS.

  • Sav

    Sep 20, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Chelsea, Man U and the top clubs will field youngsters because they are in Europe. Whenever there is an international week, 90% of their players are away in matches. We don’t have that.
    I am all for realism and the need to survive, but I can see as many benefits as risks in a good cup run. And the Carling is just about 6 matches from now to the final.
    Can you picture what a bit of silverware would do for Tyneside.
    I am always listening to 50k-a-week players promising to ‘pay back the fans’ etc. etc. etc.
    Well hows about it?
    If Chelsea need to field their second string, let them. That’s their problem. We have 38 matches plus whatever we make out of the FA and League cups.
    Stop kidding ourselves we are up with the Euro boys who may play an extra 8 or 9 matches ON TOP of whatever we have.

    Go for it Chris !- Don’t listen to Ed. (sorry, Ed!)

  • Sav

    Sep 20, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #4

    …and we don’t have to play again until Sunday.

    – Play your best 11 Chris and see if we can kick another set of blue butts.

  • dinosaur

    Sep 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #5

    with all this talk about ben alfa [deserved], did you see that tiote made 43 passes and completed every one!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 20, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Sky Sports Open Day…

    Anyone* who dont pay for Sky Sports can watch it free on Sunday.

    NUFC vs Stoke 16:00 – 18:30

    *see link (below),19528,15964_6378051,00.html

  • Sav

    Sep 20, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #7

    dinosaur – he’s quick, – but an Alfa?

    Want to see a full-strength side take on Chelsea this week. apart from the sides in europe, who may have good reason to field understrength sides, we are in with as good a shout as anyone for this trophy.

  • baro

    Sep 20, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Consistency is very important. Its what wins you more matches. Every player needs it or they will be dropped, Jonas for example.

  • Newcastle Rock

    Sep 21, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #9

    I hope we do not loose against Stoke , we all are really happy and love to see the club going forward .

    Chris and players need to understand the meaning of consistency .


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