The real strength of this new Newcastle team is that they never give up, and they never know when they are beaten.
Alan Smith – congratulates Nile Ranger on first goal
After the first 20 minutes or so of the game at Chelsea, it looked like it was all going Chelsea’s way, as they had taken an early lead and were having most of the play.
But then Newcastle started to come more into the game, and started to string some nice pass together, and before long had shocked Chelsea by taking the lead after 31 minutes, with a couple of good goals from Ranger and Ryan Taylor.
This Newcastle side will never give up, and will always keep playing their football, and we don’t know exactly what Chris tells the team in training, but it seems like every single Newcastle player gets it.
Chris Hughton fielded two different teams last Saturday afternoon and on Wednesday evening in London, and both played good organized football and both sides won away from home and looked good.
If that is not a sign of very good coaching then we don’t know what it.
Alan Smith came in at Chelsea to captain the side, and had a decent game, and he has again said today the players will not be getting carried away with any of the results, good or bad, and that their only goal is to simply stay up in the Premier League this season.
This is what Alan Smith said today:
“We’re not going to get carried away just because Chelsea will be champions this season. I think they’re the strongest team in the country, their squad’s so powerful.”
“I think all of us going back into the Premier League, we want to stay there. We fought so hard last year in every game to get back into the Premier League and that’s our main concern.”
“Working hard and having the team spirit is the main concern for us – but we’ve got a set of lads who will play and work hard for each other. And when lads aren’t playing they still want the other lads to win.”
“We’ve got great characters who won’t let standards slip and I think that’s the main thing for us to be able to stay up.”
“It’s so easy not to get carried away because everyone will be thinking if we can win this, we can have a challenge in the Carling Cup.”
“But our main concern is staying in the Premier League.” “Everyone might say you should set your standards higher than that but that’s what we have to do first and foremost.”
Just like last season, the lads are better than we expected them to be at this stage of the season, and already have shown that on their day, they can beat any side – just ask Aston Villa about that.
But the thing that really makes us proud of this group of players is their spirit, fight and sheer guts, and they just never give up, and we have to remember football is now a squad game, and everybody cannot start every game, like in days gone by.
And as Alan says, Newcastle have players who simply will not let standards slip, and will keep the other players in line, if that is ever necessary.
We have to think it’s a terrific squad for young players to be a part of, because the club has so many model professionals at it right now, and the young lads can learn from the senior players, as they no doubt are doing.
But we also need to keep players like Ryan Taylor, who has proved to be a great squad player, and he can get the job done when he plays, and it wouldn’t surprise us if Chris prefers Ryan to James Perch at right back on Sunday afternoon – he has certainly earned a start on Sunday afternoon at home.