As we had mentioned yesterday morning, it looks like the Newcastle side are learning a lot from their first few games in the Premier League this season.
Chris Hughton – we are still learning the game
Newcastle are off to Manchester City on Sunday, and the richest club in the world (only because of the owners), are in action tonight against Juventus in the Europa League at Eastlands. So they will have less than four days to recover before the game with the Magpies, and that may help.
We are hoping we can get something out of the game on Sunday, but are not really expecting anything.
Chris Hughton said today:
“We have to learn this division all over again.”
“We have had good results and bad results so far.”“But you still have to go into each game with that bit of confidence.” “You hope from every game you can get some points or a point out of it.”
“And that’s the attitude we take with us to Man City on Sunday.”
Hughton has many options for his starting team at Manchester, after the second team did so well at Stamford Bridge last Wednesday night, in taking the club through to the 4th round of the Carling Cup, where they will meet the mighty Arsenal at St. James’ Park in about 5 weeks time.
Indeed owner Mike Ashley made a visit to the training grounds yesterday, and a TV shot of Mike near the end of Sunday’s game mirrored the shock to the fans – that Newcastle were actually going to lose the game.
Mike looked how we felt – just terribly disappointed and frustrated.
Mike watched the training sessions yesterday and was then seen to be chatting away with the players on the sidelines at the end of the sessions, and we think it’s good that Mike keeps showing up at the Benton Training grounds, and be seen by the Newcastle players.
We’re not sure what side Chris will start on Sunday, but Sol Campbell and Ryan Taylor are two players who have made a decent case to start against City.
But it may be bad news for Ryan, who has said today he wants to play more first team games, because Hughton has already confirmed he will keep faith with right-back James Perch, whose own goal on Sunday handed Stoke the win.