Hughton Considers Playing 4-4-2 On Saturday

Chris Hughton has a number of selection posers for the game against Wigan at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Peter Lovenkrands – haven’t seen much of Peter yet this season

He has three in-form center-backs in Campbell, Williamson and Coloccini form which to choose the two that will start, and up front he has both Ameobi and Carroll fighting it out for the lone striker role.

But Chris may change his tactics some on Saturday, and could decide to play 4-4-2 against a Wigan side that Newcastle will go all out to beat.

This is what Chris said today about the selection decision he has to make and the fact that 4-4-2 is an option:

“They’re the kind of decisions I’ve got to make,” “With Andy he’s trained very well, he’s signed a new contract and will be bouyed by that.”“Reverting to 4-4-2 is an option.”

“With the quality of this league you’ve got to be aware of the opponent you’re playing against trying to get the right tactics, which will vary for each game.”

“At home we need to be showing that little bit more.”

There seems a definite chance that Chris may decide to play 4-4-2 with two strikers, and then he can utilize maybe Carroll and Ameobi up front together.

But of course we haven’t seen too much of Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands this season, and we know Peter has the class to put the ball in the back of the net. His record at Newcastle of 47 games and 20 goals proves that.

If Chris does play 4-4-2 you would imagine that Tiote and Barton would be the central mid-fielders, but that would leave Kevin Nolan the odd man out, and Chris seems to always want the captain in the side.

But it seems there’s a decent chance Chris will play a more attacking 4-4-2 formation, and of course Peter Lovenkrands can also play on the wing, even though his preferred position is as a striker.

The key for Saturday ‘s game is to have goal-scorers in the line-up, which will help us get the win that we really need against a beatable Wigan side.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Oct 14, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #1

    CH has got to revert to 4-4-2. His relying on a lone striker is becoming absurd. Apart from that he must play Lovenkrands – why he does not is beyond me.

  • John

    Oct 14, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #2

    hate to say it but nolan is the odd one out, hes played every game so far one afternoon on the bench wont hurt.

  • listie

    Oct 14, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Ch has seen the light 4-4-2 please Chris

  • ytz

    Oct 14, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Interesting to see if Chris will leave out the club’s captain in the starting XI

  • Davies

    Oct 14, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #5

    We’ll all have to wait and see. I’m sure Hughton will make the right decision.

    Side note, Ed; whenever you talk about matches we should win, or refer to teams that are beatable, we tend to lose.

    Everyone’s in this league on merit. There are no “beatable” teams or “should” win matches. There is a list of fixtures and we have to earn our points, irrespective of the opposition and what you might think of them.

  • wynsleap

    Oct 14, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #6

    If we are to maintain our membership of this league we HAVE to play 4-4-2 especially at home. Barton and Tiote in midfield and Routledge and Jonas on the wings. No place for Nolan.
    Up front Carroll and one other. Probably Lovenkrands but would prefer to see Ranger given his opportunity first. Definitely not Ameobi.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Oct 14, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Wohoo! Would love it, just love it, if we played 4-4-2 on Saturday!


    RB Colocinni
    CD Williamson
    CD Campbell
    LB Enrique

    RW R Taylor
    CM Barton
    CM Tiote
    LW Jonas

    FW Carroll
    FW Lövenkrants

    Bench: Söderberg, Nolan, Routledge, Ameobi, Guthrie, Perch, Xisco

  • Toon Sweden77

    Oct 14, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #8

    No comments on my teamselection? Guess you are satisfied with it then.. 🙂

    Guess my decision to rest Nolan and give Ryan Taylor a chance are on everybody elses mind, except for Hughton´s of course..

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 14, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #9

    How about:

    ********* Krul
    * Collo *** Sol *** Willo

    ********* Tiote
    Jonas *** Barton *** Enrique
    ********* Nolan

    **** Carroll * McLoven

    Soderberg, Perch, Raylor, Rout, Guth, Ranger, Xisco

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 14, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #10

    @ Toon Sweden77 // Oct 14, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    I would like to Xisco down the right.

    Im not sure about the possibilities of your back 4, Im not sure if I would want to distupt Collo’s game by moving him to Right Back.

  • Ericles

    Oct 14, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Xisco needs another run out against Wigan at some stage.

  • joppadoni

    Oct 14, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #12


    my arse..

    fenwicks window…

  • joppadoni

    Oct 14, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #13

    he only said its an option, which is what it always has been. its not something new is it. hes said nowt therefore.

    i hope your right though would be mint, anyone watched any training sessions and noted anything strange? like everyone standing about not sure what to do?

  • joppadoni

    Oct 14, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Toon Sweden77 – id hit that like it was hot

  • toon009

    Oct 14, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #15

    I wish CH would read these posts =p

    colo willo sol enriq
    smith tiote
    raylor/loven jonas

  • toon_auz

    Oct 15, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #16

    perch willo collo enriq
    rout nolan barton jonas
    carrol loven

  • dave 1961

    Oct 15, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #17

    as most fans have realised that Nolan is too slow for the premier league the solution is play him for the last 20 minutes when the opponents tire and slow to his speed, this will give Nolan the edge as he undoubtedly has a football brain, he instinctively knows where to be to get goals, unfortunately his legs are no longer getting him there, so the solution is for him to play the last part of the game, come-on Chris work this out for yourself.


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