Will Hughton Play 4-4-2 And Drop Kevin Nolan?

Chris Hughton has turned out to be a really cool character as manager of Newcastle United.

Chris Hughton – keeps his feet on the ground

He’s underwhelmed when Newcastle win big, such as the 6-0 win against Aston Villa, and talks about how the team must win the next game.

And then when we are surprisingly beaten, like against Blackpool, Chris is again underwhelmed and talks about how Newcastle must win their next game.

There’s something good about a manager who can keep things in that perspective,  and always keeps his feet firmly on the ground.

And of course it’s far too early in the season to get down in the mouth at all about Newcastle’s performances, 7 points from 7 games isn’t too bad at all,  and we’ve hardly had much luck, after all.

This is what Chris said this morning before today’s game against Wigan at home:

“With Blackpool, you couldn’t fault the amount of opportunities we created,” “Nine times out of ten, we’d win that. Stoke was more disappointing, having gone a goal up, but we were caught by two set plays.”

“The stadium became a bit of a fortress for us last season, so we’re conscious our home form has to improve and we have a chance to do that this weekend.”

“It’s the sort of game we want to win. We’re at home on the back of two defeats, so that’s something we need to put right.” “Wigan are a talented side, making progress this season, and we can’t afford to underestimate them.”

“But we’re at home with another big support, and we want to win.”

It’s still not clear what formation Chris will play today, and with Ameobi and Carroll both in form, and Peter Lovenkrands needing to play more this season, Chris may play a 4-4-2 formation today.

But the problem we think Chris has if he goes to 4-4-2,  is there would be no place in the side for Kevin Nolan, since the two central midfield players would surely be the in-form Tiote and Barton.

Chris continued:

“With the quality of this league, you’ve got to be aware of the opponent you’re playing against and try to get the right tactics for each game,” “That will vary for each game, but at home we need to be showing that little bit more.”

“Peter’s not done so much wrong and he’s been fit and available, it’s just been a decision I have to make.” “I’m conscious he’s there pushing for a place, though, and that’s what I need him to keep doing.”

There is a chance that Hughton could play 4-4-2 this afternoon, with the more attacking formation what the Newcastle fans want to see, at least at home, with more strikers in the line up.

And if he does play 4-4-2  he could pull off another selection shock today, by leaving captain Kevin Nolan on the bench, at least for the start of this game.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 16, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #1

    NO 1 i dont think he would. even if there is a world class player competing for the position

  • leedodd

    Oct 16, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #2

    It Would be Good To See an attacking 4-4-2 Game today !!!!!!! Its Getting a Bit Boreing with Nolan In behind Carroll as Kev is to slow !!!!! What we need is Jonas on the Left Routledge on the Right and Big Andy and Either Shola or Peter up front Maybe scare them a bit and put Nile Ranger on and Give Him His Chance ??

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 16, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    I would love to see Lovenkrands start uptop with Carroll today although i cant see it happening..I dont really want to see nolan dropped as he has a good record something like 60 odd games and 23 goals and 7 games this season with 3 goals he is a good leader on and off the pitch but i do believe for the good of the team we need to revert back to 442 at home especially..maybe even play barton on the right although wouldnt be as effective he can do a job and has a good delivery.. Also im looking forward to seeing simpson back in action as hes supposed to have made big improvements and i think he can start and get us fans on his side and believe he really is a good player and not just an average player at best.!! 3-1 newcastle win

  • dave 1961

    Oct 16, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #4

    it true that Nolan gives you goals, but unfortunately that’s just about all he does give that’s why I would bring him on for the last 20-30 mins when the game has slowed to his speed then he will get the gals and play a bit too.

  • Nick 69

    Oct 16, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #5

    nolan gives goals yes, a couple of tap ins and a pen, and thats exactly all of what he has done this season, far too slow for prem in the position, however i fear that if he was to play 4-4-2 it would be either barton or tiote who was dropped as nolan is his captain and he seems to really like him for some strange reason

  • Turkish Magpie

    Oct 16, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Simple answer to your question Ed: NO

    Nolan is ‘undroppable’ unfortuneately but if Hughton does go 4-4-2 i imagine it will be Barton who is dropped


  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 16, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Barton and tiote dominate games by themselves and nolan doesnt really help out in that department and he isnt scoring this season so doesnt help out in that department.

    He dropped carroll for being abit off the pace so time to drop nolan for peter i think.

  • dak76

    Oct 16, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Collo Sol Willo Bull
    RTayls Barton
    Loven Carrol Jonas

    subs: perch ameobi smith nolan vukic ranger

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 16, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #9


    i like that, but no way will hughton ever drop nolan sadly.


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