Newcastle Must Now Aim For Consistent Performances

The display yesterday showed the form Newcastle have been showing away from home, can indeed be replicated at St. James” Park, as they blew away Sunderland 5-1.

Chris Hughton – press on from here

Hughton is a very pragmatic guy, and he knows that  Newcastle will need to produce more games like yesterday’s,  if we are to survive in the EPL this season.

The Newcastle manager told the Evening Chronicle today:

“It is something we have to address.” “We now have to make sure in forthcoming home games.”    “We were still disappointed to concede one goal.” “For a back four and a goalkeeper to do that late on it would have been special to come away with the clean sheet.”

“It can’t just be about us scoring goals.” “We limited their chances.” “Bent and their record signing (Gyan) were on the pitch by the end.”  “It was a very special day, we knew it would be tough because they are in good form.” “They are well organised.” “If they’d scored the first goal it would have been tougher.”

“But we showed fantastic drive.” “We could have sat back in the second half, but we kept going for more.”  “If players get too emotionally charged it effects your performance.” “We had the best period and it allowed us to go on and do what we done.” “It’s difficult, but it’s been special for the team.”

Everybody connected with the Newcastle club is on an almighty high at the moment, not just because we beat Sunderland 5-1 yesterday, but also because it was the second league win in a row and puts Newcastle up to 7th in the Premier League with a very decent 14 points.

Well, OK – it was because we beat Sunderland 5-1 yesterday, but who would have ever thought we could be in this position after where we were in July of last year.

It’s just amazing, but the lads will need to come down to earth soon, and prepare for the very difficult game at  Arsenal next Sunday afternoon. Newcastle fans will have a much longer grace period, and we can be on a high and brag about yesterday’s win until the Arsenal game kicks off.

Beating Sunderland 5-1 will mean absolutely nothing once that game kicks off at the Emirates Stadium, and the lads will have to do it all over again to earn any points from that game against the London powerhouse.

And we don’t want Dr. Jekyll to reappear either – as the lads must aim for consistent performances from now on, if we are to improve as a team this season and avoid a relegation struggle.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • G

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Still shocked and delighted at the match, but I will happily settle for anything other than a complete tonking from the gooners. A draw would be a massive result, but as long as we dont get a result like last week off them, it will be a decent result in my book.

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #2

    We or rather the players have got to get used to going out there with the “let’s kick ass” attitude that they had yesterday. They do that and we will be more than safe by the end of the season.

  • balubas1

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #3

    I think stability will come with time. A great plus is that Simpson is back, and Taylor is nearly there.

    In time Ben Arfa will be back, and also Gosling will be in the mix, giving us more quality cover.

    When our whole squad is “indoctrinated” in to CH’s system, stability will follow. When injuries occur, we have a player ready to fill the role without us having to change formation/tactics.

    5under1and 🙂

  • balubas1

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #4


    Very true. Attitude brings us far, cuz the quality in our 1st team is there.

    We have to press Arsenal high up the pitch next weekend so they can’t play their favourite game. As we saw in the cupgame, we will always be a splitsecond late in every tackle if we press at midfield against the gunners.

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #5

    4-4-2 is the key.

  • G

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #6

    @ post 5 4-4-2 is indeed the key, but what really seems to be working well is Barton on the right wing. Even though he has implied he is less than happy there, I think he should be nailed on that position the way the team is playing.

  • ganiyu

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Barton is the keyplayer of nufc.his crosses to carroll always connect.the back 4 are decent.nice tactics ch

  • balubas1

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #8


    Simpson comes up to RM when Barton goes CM. Very clever. Gives us powerplay in some positions when attacking.

    Also good too see when play different tactics which are tailor made for our player’s abilities. Jonas and Jose play more traditional Leftback/leftwing play.

  • cg

    Nov 1, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Was delighted to see the variation we could play.
    That together with the great attitude. Nice short one touch passes and great long crosses towards Caroll & co. Whereas the mackems just went with the long random balls on offside-bent.

  • Magpie Neil

    Nov 1, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #10

    As long as Mr Hughton keeps wearing those suits on match days we will keep on winning!

  • Monument Mal

    Nov 1, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #11

    I ventured onto a Mackem website last night (yes, some of them can write)to revel in their misery and this gadgie opened his drivel by making a comparison between the two squads. He reckons they would take maybe two of our squad and that we would gladly take all of theirs. Now I know these slack jawed knuckle draggers live in a time locked sub world, but this bloke really does have his head wedged firmly up his arse. Any comments on who you would take from Sunlun. I reckon mybe Darren Bent and thats it!

  • derekm

    Nov 1, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #12

    I find it hard to believe that Steven Taylor would want to leave the club, for whatever money. The only people mentioned are Everton, but are they really still on an upward curve? With regard to Hughton’s contract, Ashley is in a no – win situation. Before yesterday the home form has been worrying, and having seen the huge penalties that have to be paid to managers to get them out of the door he must be twitchy about awarding Chris a bumper deal only to find us struggling later on this season. You have to say that they will now press ahead to resolve the deal sooner rather than later, and to all intents and purposes it does not look that much of a gamble when it is so obvious all of the players appear to be so happy at the club. Wherever have you seen such a pile up celebration as after the first goal? Confidence and togetherness can take us a very long way this year, and in my opinion Hughton, Calderwood, Alan Smith, Nicky Butt, Harper and Nolan are to be congratulated – and don’t ignore the Sol effect on the training ground either! Thanks for a marvellous day!

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Nov 1, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #13

    No new and improved contract for Hoots unless we get at least 6 points out of the next 3 games.

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 1, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #15

    aemagpie, hope there is no truth in this. But as it says at the end of the article, it may explain why there is no movement on CH’s contract.

  • Thump

    Nov 1, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #16

    @balubas: I noticed that last season. We’d push up into a 2-6-2 when attacking and it seems we’re doing the same again this season – very interesting to watch 😀

  • balubas1

    Nov 1, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #17

    North Atlantic Magpie: “4-4-2 is key”

    It’s too simple to say that. A 4-5-1 might aswell be a 4-3-3 depending on how the manager want’s it to be played out.

    But you have a point as we have the 2nd striker, which obviously is a more attacking option.

    Yes, and in order to get in to that attacking formation Jonas should be given credit for being able too keep the ball long enough for our player to get in position! Just thinks he deserves some praise for his value too the team since so many unwise want to drop him cuz of his variable crossing ability.

  • Sav

    Nov 2, 2010 at 3:32 AM

    Comment #18

    Its Mr. Hyde you don’t want to reappear, Ed. Jekyll was the good guy – remember?


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