What Newcastle fans will be hoping for on Saturday, is as brave and good a performance as the lads have given in their last two away games at Man City and Everton.
Chris Hughton – players should dedicate game to this man on Saturday
A wonderful 1-0 win at Everton was followed by another impressive display at Eastlands, but the lads had no luck at all, and went down 2-1 to the second placed side.
But a display like the last two could be enough to get all 3 points at West Ham on Saturday, as long as the players go into that game with the right attitude and ready to fight to the death (so to speak).
This is what Chris said today:
“What we have shown is that we’re able to go away from home and put in performances, as we did at Manchester City and Everton.” “There mustn’t be any fear.”
“We have character in the side, and yet we also have to be realistic.”“We’re playing in a tougher league. We expected the ups and downs, and the quality we’re up against. We’ll set our stall out to be very positive.”
We know this is easier said than done, and it may also be wishful thinking on our part, but we think the lads owe Chris Hughton a gutsy performance in London on Saturday, and all 3 points would just be fantastic.
It may not be true that Chris was about to be sacked on Saturday, but we hope the news will jolt the players into giving their all for Chris on Saturday, and we know they are capable of playing very well this season, but have been very inconsistent so far.
And Hughton is just delighted with the form, not to mention the fantastic attitude, of Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez, after Jonas scored a wonderful goal at Man City, and set up both goals in the last 20 minutes against Wigan on Saturday.
“With Jonas, one thing you’ll always get is a committed performance, but he’s a wide player, and wide players will always go through periods of ups and downs, even in the same game.”
“If you’re somebody that keeps having a go, you’ll always have a chance, and that’s what Jonas does.”
With Sol Campbell out injured it could be that the only change in defense on Saturday will be Danny Simpson coming in for James Perch, as Danny has now had three impressive performances for the Reserves.
And the Reserves had a great 4-1 win over Bolton Wanderers yesterday, and continue at the top of the Premier Reserve League, with 14 points from 7 games and with 16 goals scored and only 6 conceded.
And don’t forget our Reserve side these days is basically the youngsters, and that has to be a good sign for the long term future of the Newcastle club, as the Youth Policy seems to be right on track now.