Chris Hughton seems to be looking forward to the Carling Cup at home tomorrow against the mighty Arsenal.
Chris Hughton – excited about the game tomorrow night
The last time Newcastle played Arsenal was in our relegation season, when the London side beat us 3-1 on 21st March last year, and that was after we were hammered 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium on August 30th, which turned out be Kevin Keegan’s very last game in charge of Newcastle United.
So Arsenal did the double on us that season, so that tells us it’s about time we won against Arsenal, and why not tomorrow night?
Chris talked about the game today to Sky Sports:
“It’s exciting in every round. We went to Accrington in our first game – I had been to watch a game there, but never played there and most of the players had never played there, so that was something new and exciting in itself.”
“To go to Stamford Bridge was always going to be tough, but it was a really exciting day in front of a full house at Stamford Bridge, and you couldn’t have got a more exciting game than that.”
“Now the fact that we are playing Arsenal, albeit that Arsenal will, I am quite sure, make several changes, as we will, it’s exciting in every round.” “I am appreciative that it is a very big game for us. It’s a game we want to give the respect it deserves.”
“And it’s a competition we very much want to stay in.” “But I have a responsibility to look after the best interest of the squad and the club, and I will be making some changes.”
The Newcastle manager is hoping to build on the momentum gained from the great league win over West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday, but the Londoner will still field a number of teenagers tomorrow night, and we expect Ferguson, Kadar, Vuckic and Ranger to all start against Arsenal.
And Chris is well aware that Newcastle’s biggest game so far this season is on Sunday afternoon against the old enemy, Sunderland, and we must win that game – it’s a must-win game for Newcastle at home.
Let’s rephrase that – it’s another must-win game at home.
“In this day and age and from where we are and we have been, we have to be conscious of that,” “It’s a very big game for us at the weekend and what we can’t afford to do is under-estimate the importance of that game.”
“It’s a home game for us. Our support has had to wait a little while to get the fixture back, so it is a big game and I have to be conscious of that.”
Hughton is a manager who tries to win every game, home or away, and that was apparent on Sunday as he played an aggressive 4-4-2 formation that paid off handsomely against West Ham, and Chris always does his homework on the opposition.
We know Arsenal are a very good side, and they have some top youngsters who will probably come into the side tomorrow night, but we think it can be another great game to watch – with Newcastle likely to attack Arsenal, just as they did Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the previous round – and that turned out to be such a classic game at Chelsea.
“The important thing always is, whatever is going on, you have to be able to focus on what is the number one priority, and the number one is always trying to get results for this team.”
“You have to concentrate and you have to work around all the issue and hopefully get enough results.” “Having a successful team, a winning team as we are at the moment, always makes things a little easier.”
If the team that is chosen to play tomorrow night can play somewhere near their best, then there is every chance Newcastle can reach the quarter finals of the Carling Cup – and that would be just great.
The game is also being televised live around the world, so let’s hope the lads make us proud again.