Chris Hughton Relishing Arsenal Visit In Carling Cup

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton seems to be  relishing Newcastle United’s Carling Cup tie against Arsenal at St. James’ Park.

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It’s Newcastle’s first home tie of the tournament and Chris is happy about that, after being drawn away in the previous two rounds.

This is what Chris said today about the tie:

“It’s one to look forward to. It’s just good to get a game here at St James’s – it’s a major plus,””I’d expect a big crowd for that one, and a real quality side to come here.”

But after Newcastle have badly slipped up in their last two Premier League home  games against Blackpool and Stoke when 6 points could have been expected, but we ended up with two defeats, we have to understand that the Carling Cup is very much a second priority for Newcastle this season.

And we would expect Chris to again field a second team in that game.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Toonboy_84

    Sep 27, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #1


  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 27, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Toonboy_84, What a waste… !

    Let’s get it over and done with. Get it behind us, so we can concentrate on staying in the PL. End of.

  • Ericles

    Sep 27, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Will CH choose a team that can try and play some constructive, pacy and passing football against Arsenal? Or will we lose out at home because of another unimaginative line-up with our quality players on the bench so the “tired men” can be kept happy? I had high hopes of CH when he was given the job and what he tried to do pre-season. We can beat Arsenal if we take the game to them as we did with Chelsea. CH has to accept that Nolan, Smith, Routledge, and Perch are squad players only in the Premiership. We need to build around Ben Arfa, Tiotte, Carroll, Lovenkrands, Enrique, Ferguson, Ranger, etc etc. I really do hope the bookies are wrong about CH.

  • Newcastle Rock

    Sep 27, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #4

    We should not blame CH if we loose and praise if we win . We all have to understand where we all came from . Newcastle was in Leaque 1 last year and it is CH himself that made it to climb to premium leaque , how are we forgetting that.

  • StaffsToon

    Sep 27, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Newcastle Rock – agree to a point, but CH has to be more positive at home and move away from 4-5-1

    We are dropping invaluable points against the teams most likely to be around us. Not clever!!

  • Thump

    Sep 27, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #6

    We were in League 1? Well f**k me, no wonder we pissed the division!

  • Sav

    Sep 27, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #7

    StaffsToon, sorry for your pain! No bragging rights for you.
    And I agree about 4-5-1 at home. Hoots has to be a bit more expansive at home.
    Really not much to choose between the two Newcastle sides anyway as there were journeymen players in both Toons. I think Ranger should have played wide right against Stoke anyway for height, pace and goal threat.
    Where I disagree is with the assumed necessity of playing an understrength side in the CC. Tiredness is not our problem. Its nothing to do with why we lost at Stoke and at worst, a good cup run would cost us an extra 4 more games after the Arsenal one. Win 3 of them and chances are, we will have a ticket to Europe next year. We are not a top 4 side already in Europe with good reason to treat the CC as a sideshow. A cup run could do more good than harm. In terms of potential injury to key players, if the Chelsea game showed anything, its that there’s much of a muchness about the whole squad and our key players are, in fact, not that indispensable.


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