Most Newcastle fans have been disappointed in losing the last two home games against Blackpool, still the odds-on favorites to be relegated this season, and Stoke City.
Chris Hughton – not worried about home form
And it’s even harder to take, when we amazingly won our first home game 6-0 against now 8th placed Aston Villa.
And apparently, with Wigan next up at St. James’ Park a week tomorrow, the subject has been a talking point at the Benton training grounds this week.
Chris talked to the Evening Chronicle today, about our home form:
“I am aware that the longer you go without a win at home, the more people will talk about it,” “And the last thing that we want is that it becomes a complex, or that we lose a bit of confidence playing at St James’ Park – which has been a magnificent place for us to play over the last year or so.”
“But it has not become that yet. It is still early days in the season for us, we’ve only lost two games and it is far too early for people to be paying too much attention to it yet.” “I have talked to the players about it and, of course, you’re always assessing games and looking at things that could have been done better.”
“I think that in a reasonable start to the season, the one big disappointment so far has come in the two home fixtures and the fact that we haven’t been able to take that home form on from last season.” “I think it hasn’t just been those two losses, it is the opposition we lost to that has been just as disappointing.”
“The Stoke game was disappointing, but if I look at the Blackpool game, we had plenty of chances in that game and were on the front foot,” “Nine times out of 10 we would win that game, but the goalkeeper was excellent for them on the day.”
Chris Hughton himself was the one who said we had to keep St. James’ Park a fortress this season, and with losing two of the first three home games, the fact we are still on 7 points from out first 7 games, shows the lads are a tough side to beat away from home, and that’s good.
But we think Chris is only getting the players prepared for the Wigan game, so we can break the two game losing streak at home.
And even without Ben Arfa, the competition for places has to auger well for the future at Newcastle.
We need a good home win against fellow relegation favorites Wigan, and then we can start to pick up more points and hopefully have a bit more luck than we’ve had in the first 7 league games of the season.
Hopefully when January rolls around, we’ll be in a decent (and safe) position in the league – that’s what we’re hoping for.