Chris Hughton is well aware of how important it is to win games rather than just to draw them.
Chris Hughton – goes into every game looking to win
With 3 points for a win, unlike in bygone days when it was just 2, it’s now 3 times as important in terms of points than a draw, which is why last season Newcastle always went for the win at the end of games, and were successful 30 times, in amassing a total of 102 points to win the Championship last season.
Wins will be very very important for the side this season, but so far we have just two wins in our first 8 games and half of them have been defeats.
Chris has always been keen to win games ever since he took over at Newcastle 16 months ago, and he says today that he always goes into every game trying to win it:
“We’ve gone into every game with the thought of winning.” “That’s the way we set ourselves up.” “Yes, we are in a harder division.”
“For whatever reason we haven’t got some of the results we’ve wanted, and it’s for us to identify, we need to put it right.” “With minuses come pluses.”
“Our away form has been good, and we’ve managed to pick up an away win at Everton and Chelsea in the cup.” “For every negative this season there has been a positive, and these are things for us to address.”
That’s one thing we like about the Newcastle manager and it’s unlike more defensively minded managers like Sam Allardyce, as one example, who go into games against top teams away, and park a bus in their penalty area, trying to get a draw.
Great away results will never come from having that kind of attitude, and it could have been one of the reasons Sam was sacked at Newcastle, but six months was hardly enough time for any manger to sort things out at any club.
We hope to see Newcastle do their fair share of attacking today, because West Ham’s defense is certainly not their strength, having conceded 15 goals in their 8 league games, second worst in the league only to Blackpool’s 18 goals conceded.