Newcastle At West Ham Vastly Changed From Two Years Ago

Next week marks the one year anniversary when Chris Hughton was officially appointed the manager at Newcastle United.

Chris Hughton – one year since appointed Newcastle’s permanent manager

Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“We know our home form is something we have to address and turn around, but we must also look at our results away from home.”  “Our performances on the road have been decent – it’s something that gives us more than hope.”

“Even for a good period of the Manchester United game, it was a decent period.”  “We felt we should have won the Wolves game, and everyone knows we should have got something from Manchester City, and, of course, we won at Everton.”

“There are positives to our form away from home, and we’ll have to take those positives to West Ham.” “They’re a side in good form, and that makes them even more dangerous.”

Chris Hughton has definitely brought stability to the club and in fact Chris’ second game in charge as caretaker manager came just over two years ago at Upton Park, after Newcastle had surprisingly been beaten 2-1 at home by Hull City in the previous game, in which Danny Guthrie had been sent off.

That was Chris’ first ever game in charge of Newcastle after Kevin Keegan had walked out of the club, and in the following game at Upton Park, the only player still in the side ince that day is Argentine Fabricio Coloccini, although Spanish U21 International Xisco also started that game.

In fact here is the starting line up for that game played at Upton Park on September 20th two years ago, and of course Michael Owen got Newcastle’s only goal after 67 minutes, but the Magpies were already 3-0 down. and finally lost 3-1.

Shay Given, David Edgar, Claudio Cacapa, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, Damien Duff, Geremi, CharlesN’Zogbia, Michael Owen (c), Xisco
Subs: Steve Harper, Sebastien Bassong, Ben Tozer, Nacho Gonzalez, Mark Doninger, Ryan Donaldson, Shola Ameobi

Eight of that starting eleven have left the club.

In fact Newcastle did not win a game until they beat WBA 2-1 at home on October 28th, and then also beat Aston Villa  at home 2-0 on the following Monday.

With Joe Kinnear having arrived at the club,  and 8 points from his first 5 games in charge, we thought we’d be OK that season – but how wrong can you be?

Hughton remembers that day well as he said:

“It was my first away game in charge of any Newcastle team.” “I’m not sure there’ll be too many faces who played that day.”

“David Edgar, Coloccini, Nicky Butt, it was a while back.” “Gonzalez came on too. Colo was the only one who played.” “That’s the changes we’ve had at Newcastle in such a short space of time.”

Chris is right because Uruguayan Nacho  Gonzeles made his second appearance ever for Newcastle,  when he replaced Cacapa after 82 minutes of that game.

It’s  a vastly changed side tomorrow from the one two years ago, but in a lot of ways it’s a much better side, and at least the players now on Tyneside want to be playing at Newcastle, and that’s helped our team spirit no end.

And it will also help Newcastle to pick up some unlikely points, because of the determination and guts shown by the side, as happened last time out when we came back from 2-0 down in th last 20 minutes against Wigan to snatch a valuable point right at the death.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Toon XI

    Oct 22, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #1

    “In fact Newcastle did not win a game until they beat WBA 2-1 at home on October 28th”

    I thought we beat Bolton in the second game of that season. Didn’t Martins grab a brace that day?

  • Toon XI

    Oct 22, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #2

    We had one weak bench that day. Ouch.

  • Sinner

    Oct 22, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #3

    I think we will draw at best.

  • AlanSmith.

    Oct 22, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Bloody hell were actually going to have had a manager for longer than a year!!! times are most definatly changing…

    love chrissy hughton.. think he’ll take us far.

    3-1 win tomorrow lads!!

  • BeeGuy

    Oct 22, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Not sure what will happen tomorrow, but I hope CH has a plan for the right side that is a good one and is executed by whoever is on the pitch. Also hope the referee is not indifferent as to what happens during the game and does not call willy-nilly fouls and penalties.

  • chuck

    Oct 22, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Apart from Bassong, N`Zogbia, Given and Duff, not a good side, mostly players who had reached their sell by date.
    On singling out the talented players of that particular time and comparing them with the present crop (whom i`m tired of hearing about their great team spirit, a few wins might win me over) not that much better.
    Three of the back four (Taylor, Colo.,El Toro)
    are decent and players for the future.
    In the midfield, there`s Joey, Tiote, Jonas, an injured Ben Arfa and an unknown Gosling.
    Up front, there`s only Carroll, who has a lot to learn.
    Sorry the rest would`nt make it to any top six`s bench, which shows how far we have to go.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 22, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Spot on Chuck I 100% agree. We seriously need a striker in January as we relying too heavily on Carroll to score goals. He may be our current number 9 but he might not even start against West Ham because a certain Shola ‘Bambi’ Ameobi will take his place! Andy is still young and has alot to learn. In January we should buy a proven EPL striker with a good goal to game ratio to make sure we’re still in this league next year.

  • dean_1979

    Oct 22, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #8

    anyone heard that it is suposed to be CH last game with O’Neil taking over by Tuesday?

  • baro

    Oct 22, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #9

    I just wish we never sold Obafemi Martins. He was my favorite player on Newcastle. Just so interesting to watch, we are really missing his electric lightning speed. Love that guy so much especially his celebration!

  • Toon XI

    Oct 22, 2010 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #10

    dean_1979 // Oct 22, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Yeah, there are rumors out there, but nothing more than that. Just rumors.

  • Toon XI

    Oct 22, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #11

    baro // Oct 22, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    Agreed. Martins may not have been the most prolific of strikers, but he was fun to watch.

  • Brutooon

    Oct 23, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #12

    baro – agreed with you on martins, he is my favourite player – fast, skillful, can score from nothing.

    We were in big problems when he is in the club but still manage to score and provide us with his aerobic celebration

  • chuck

    Oct 23, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Martin O`N. , no thanks, clueless tactically !, big spender!, not that great a judge of talent(let Cahill go cheap)
    Sure he won stuff in a two team league and made Villa a better side, but spent a bundle on doing so.
    Reminds me of ex Liverpool manager Benitez , who also spent a fortune buying crap players , and where are they to-day!
    Nah !


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