Chris Hughton as usual has dealt with everything that was thrown at him this week, and maintained his dignity, in what has been a bad week for Newcastle.
Chris Hughton – has great faith in his players
But the news about Andy Carroll’s latest arrest has been kept a bit under control at the club, although we were furious with the player that he let the club down, but we’ll just have to see what exactly happened last Sunday.
But Andy will be in court this coming Monday for his previous altercation, and there will be a verdict on that case later in the week.
Hughton seems to have great faith in his players and he seems confident the players will respond well to the current adversity, as they certainly have done in the past.
“One thing the players have always realized is what Newcastle is and what the club represents,” “These are the same group of players who have already been through a lot of ups and downs here.”
“We have had issues to deal with in the past, but they have protected the good spirit in the squad.” “Irrespective of other things that have been going on, the fact is we are in a far more difficult league than last season.”
“We were very aware there were going to be ups and downs and we would lose a lot more games than we did last season.”
Hughton seems to have prepared his players that there will be times this week when Newcastle lose a number of games, maybe in a row, and it’s important that they keep their heads held high, and deal with the defeats in the correct manner.
After eight games the team has 8 points and if we can keep on the schedule it will be touch and go, as far as relegation is concerned but we should be OK.
Chris has been under a little pressure this week too, but it seems he can handle that pressure well, and keeps his cool and certainly comes across as a real gentleman, as he always has done at the Newcastle club.
We think it’s time for our players to give an all-out – do or die – effort in London today, and play this game as though their lives depended on getting all 3 points, and if we can play at our best, there’s every reason we can win this game.
But we cannot keep making the mistakes in defense that gives goals away, so we look to the defense to have a solid game, and we do expect Danny Simpson to return to the starting line-up at right-back, and that Chris will give James Perch a rest today.
“We have spoken to the players about dealing with defeats this season. The most important thing is that the players stay strong through the difficult times, but they have so far been able to do that. The last-minute goal against Wigan showed what we have in the team.”
“Away from home our form has been quite good apart from the defeat at Manchester United on the opening day of the season. Even there, for the first 37 minutes we were very much in the game.” “We fared very well at Wolves in a game we should have won and beat Everton.” “We should have got some reward at Manchester City. There are still far more positives than negatives.”
“We expect a very tough game at West Ham, they have been in good form. They are close to where we are and it will be as big for them as it is for us.” “But this is what we have to contend with, week in, week out in the Premier League. I’m quite sure if we go into the game with the same focus as our previous away games this season we’ll be fine.”
It’s an important game today, and since West Ham will probably be a fellow relegation side, we have to do very well against them, and we think the lads will do just that.
We hope the lads will do just that.