Chris Hughton Very Wary Of Stoke

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is rightly  anticipating a tough game on Sunday afternoon, as Stoke City are a difficult side to play, at the best of times.

Chris Hughton – Stoke can be difficult opponents

Chris talked about Stoke today:

“We’re back to Premier League business after the high of Chelsea.” “We know what you get from Stoke.” “They’re an established Premier League team.” “We know they can be difficult opponents.”

“They’re a physical side and they’ve improved every year.” “They play a high-tempo game, and are very good at set plays, like Rory Delap’s long throws.”

“That’s what we’re up against, but we won’t worry too much about their game.” “If you do that, you don’t impose your game on them, which is what we want to do.”

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has done a fabulous job for Stoke since he joined them back in 2006, and as Chris says – they have established themselves as a Premier League side, and of course have some fantastic support down there at the Britannia Stadium.

And of course Chris will have a few selection problems for Sunday after he has played two different sides in the last two games and got two excellent away wins.

We need to keep the win streak going and Everton and Chelsea away were very difficult games.   Although Stoke City at home is not easy, it’s an easier game than out last two – so we’ll be hoping for all 3 points.

Chris may go back to the starting side that played at Everton but surely one or two players from Wednesday have earned a start on Sunday.

Two that could be in the starting eleven are Ryan Taylor and Shola, who seems to be on his top form right now,  and scoring goals for fun – and certainly Shola and Andy up front would give the tall tough Stoke defenders something to really think about on Sunday.

Newcastle are in good form at the moment and on a decent run, but we were that also before Blackpool arrived at St. James’ Park – and we lost to the relegation favorites.

So nothing is ever certain with Newcastle, but a win would start to show that this Newcastle team are starting to become a more professional side, and able to deliver the goods week in and week out.

That’s what we want to see next from this Newcastle side, and a win on Sunday would be great – just great.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • burnsie

    Sep 24, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #1

    if results go our way on sunday AND we win against stoke, where in the league could we get 5th or 4th???

    or not?

  • Phil K

    Sep 24, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah – need a bit of height and physicality to deal with Stoke. BUT- tall beefy defenders can more often be undone by smaller quicker players. So possibly Ben Arfa may have some input there, even Lovenkrantz

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 24, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #3

    if we win or draw and results go our way the highest we could go would be 4th on either 8 or 10 predicting a 3-1 win priced at 14-1 from william hill what u guys think?

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 24, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #4

    a think CH will use the same team tht played against everton possibly with Taylor instead of perch but i doubt it.. and i think Ben Arfa will be told to have the free role but also use the wings abit more and attack them they defence doesnt hav alot of pace bt does hav height but carroll will sort them lot out =]

  • lewman

    Sep 24, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #5

    we potentially go above man city and tottenham.
    man city have chelsea but not sure who tottenham are playing

  • lewman

    Sep 24, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #6

    we can

  • Toontastico

    Sep 24, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #7

    After Shola’s display on Wednesday it would be v hard not to pick him however I just cant see where he’d fit in as it would surely play more to Stokes strenghts if we played himself and Carroll up top. Saying that I actually wouldnt mind seeing them start together and seeing how it went – either way CH has a tough job!!

  • derekm

    Sep 24, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #8

    My one to watch on sunday is the carroll versus huth battle – and it will be.
    The german plays it tough and tries to intimidate, just like Sheff Utd’s Morgan tried to do last year – and look at the battering he came away with!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 24, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #9

    I would like to see this lineup on Sunday:

    ************** Krul

    Raylor *** Collo *** Willo *** Enrique

    ************** Tiote
    Jonas ******** Nolan ****** Ben Arfa

    ******** Strolla *** Carroll

    Soderburg, Sol, Perch, Rout, Barton, Ranger, McLoven

  • rkw

    Sep 24, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Toontastico – It’s a tough job for sure, but every manager want to be in his position right now. Having tough decisions about which quality players to play…. The thing is most managers don’t want to put in the work needed to put themselves in that position. I know CH had a bad stint when he took over last time, but let’s face it it was a pretty bad situation wasn’t it. This year the club spent in the championship has made a right fine manager out of One Chrissy Hughton if you ask me. Just top notch in every aspect. That Blackpool game seems a right aberration doesn’t it. Even in a loss they put on 22 chances 8 or so on target, just wasn’t our day. Blackpool are the darlings now, but they’ll come back to earth. I’d much rather be in the position we’re in I think. The quiet storm, eh? The calm and collected. I feel something really special about this team, and it all starts with the man at the helm.

    Howay the Lads!

    I am gushing a bit there, huh? Oh well.


    Sep 24, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #11

    it’s impossible to pick the team at the moment; ameobi, ranger and carroll all scored the last game they played, so who do wo go with?

    is sol campbell ready to start ?

    i think this will work 433


    r. taylor—willi—colo—enrique




    bench: soderberg (GK), ameobi, ranger, smith, lovenkrands, sol campbell, ferguson

  • Sinner

    Sep 24, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #12


    I doubt Ameobi or Cambell would start.:L
    They played through the whole match wednesday,doubt hughton would lose.
    We lacking in front of goal_considering our regular team.Damn only we could have get proven PL striker like Keane.Even if on loan,his experience would have been crucial in goal scoring opportunities.
    I think coming january,the striker positions need to re-adjusted.

  • dublin mag steve

    Sep 24, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #13

    nufc richieg01 leave joey barton out of the line up are you out of your f***ing mind or what! have you been watching us play since the start of the season youd wana get a grip lad hes been excellent and to take him out of the team would be a travesty how does tiote overtake barton in team placings id just like to know. and furtermore what has routledge done wrong that he only gets a place among your subs. i know we all have our own ideas but surely anyone whos watched us this season will agree theyve been 2 of our best players since day 1.

  • dublin mag steve

    Sep 24, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #14

    sinner thats more like it.

  • Preston_toon

    Sep 24, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #15

    dublin mag steve – you have a point pal leaving Barton out of the team is like having half a pint it should not be done

  • cgrizzly87

    Sep 24, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #16

    anybody else wondering how the likes of Guthrie and Gosling are going to get into the team??

    Good problems rather than bad, oh how easy it is to get carried away as a Newcastle fan!

    Think we’re allowed to gush after the last 18 months rkw 😉

  • Toon XI

    Sep 24, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #17

    NUFC_Richyg01 // Sep 24, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    I feel that line up of yours would give us exactly zero points. Nolan, Carroll and Ameobi up the middle of the pitch with only Ben Arfa to deliver accurate crosses. Death for sure! We would not have a balanced link from back four to the front three.

  • baro

    Sep 25, 2010 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Stoke are indeed a very physical side. I think we will win the match with our speed on the attacking side. Stoke are not a very fast team, but like Chris said a great team at set pieces. Delap throw ins are very dangerous. Ryan Shawcross is like a rock in the back. But, I’m sure we will win the match quiet comfortably.


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