Newcastle Learning About Premier League – All Over Again

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.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • jlarsen

    Sep 30, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Perch is starting.. That’s shitty news.

  • sweendog

    Sep 30, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Perch .. hmm give it another couple of games .. if he doesn’t improve some hard decisions will have to be made.. I don’t really blame him for the own goal .. we should of had a bigger player marking huth .. or on the near post ..

  • darthkir

    Sep 30, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #3

    CH will slowly lose his support if he is still stubborn with his player selection…

  • BeeGuy

    Sep 30, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Yes, this weekend it should be fast flowing football, at least from Manc. Though I think NUFC does like to run. Here is hoping that players tend their patch and get the help they need, when needed.

  • geoff777

    Sep 30, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Perch is doing okay for a young lad coming to a new club.
    Please be patient.

    It’s Nolan that worries me.
    He seems to play well for a few games then plays a few shockers which we lose.
    Can we afford to carry him while he plays himself back into form?
    I’d rather see Lovenkrands or Xisco given a chance to team up with Carroll.
    Hopefully we’ll sign the striker we needed in the summer in January.

  • Charlietoon

    Oct 1, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #6

    I think Perch has had a good chance to play and has shown he has some ability but Rtayl has fought hard and is in form and has managed to score or assist almost every time he has come on for both the first team and tehe reserves. He is a threat from set pieces and though his defending aint great I think he offers more than perch at this stage.

  • Sav

    Oct 1, 2010 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #7

    ‘Keeping faith with Perch’ doesn’t necessarily mean he’s picked on Sunday.
    It just means after 5 bookings and an own goal, he’s not writing him off.
    Besides, while Perch may be struggling a bit, its not as if we had a brilliant replacement in Ryan Taylor. He has also had plenty matches at RB and hasn’t nailed it either.


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