Stability Must Come First To Newcastle – Before We Can Push On

Chris Hughton got a team ready for the big Tyne Wear Derby and both his tactics and the inspired play of his Newcastle team  were just too much for a poor Sunderland side, as Newcastle demolished the red and whites 5-1.

Chris Hughton – tactics spot on

Sunderland went into this game not having conceded a goal since the 2-2 draw at home against Liverpool back on September 25th, but that meant nothing to Newcastle who were 3-0 up at half time,  and had torn the Sunderland defense apart.

After the game Chris Hughton, who made Newcastle history yesterday with the Magpies’ second biggest derby win ever,   was ecstatic at the result, which will surely take the pressure off this good man.

And we also noticed that Chris had perfected his celebration for each goal,  down from an earlier season average of 5.2 seconds,  to just 3.9 seconds – impressive indeed. 😀

This is what Chris said shortly after the historic game ended:

“West Ham last week was a wonderful result for us, because of the timing away from home, as was Everton away from home,” “But this is a special game up here and to be able to win one of the special games, it’s the best feeling.”

“It’s always nice to get support from the fans, but it’s not the most important thing for me,”  “What they are doing is showing their appreciation for a team that’s put in the performance they have. The crowd will always react to what they see on the football pitch and they very much liked what they saw.”

“It’s about the players. The supporters loved what they saw – whichever 11 were on the park they saw a committed team that took the game by the scruff of the neck.”

“Before the game I would have settled for a scrappy, 1-0 win where we didn’t play particularly well, of course I would. To do it in the fashion they have done has certainly made the city very buoyant.”

Captain Kevin Nolan again produced a performance that mattered when it was important, and scored a hat-trick, the first time since Peter Beardsley did it back on January 1st, 1985, when Newcastle won 3-1.

And local lad Shola Ameobi, whom we predicted could be a big player once again for Newcastle in yesterday’s derby, scored two great goals.  The first was the best penalty you’ll ever see taken, just before half time, and his second was on 70 minutes, after Andy Carroll had powered a header onto the cross-bar, and Shola came in on the rebound, and showed tremendous technique as he hit the ball like the proverbial speeding bullet, and it almost broke the net.

And that’s only Newcastle’s second home win of the season,  but it’s 11 goals for and one against in those two wins, having demolished Aston Villa 6-0 in August.

This fabulous result will do nothing but strengthen Chris Hughton’s hand in his negotiations with the Newcastle club for a new contract, and we are hoping the lads can get a lot more points on the board before the end of the year,  so we could even avoid a relegation scrap this season – that would be terrific.

Chris continued:

“We decided to have two up front and we had two very big performances,” “The players make any formation or tactics work. My position is no different this week than it was last week and the week before.”

“We know how difficult this week is. We go away to Arsenal next and we’ll certainly be better going into that game in the form we’re in at the moment. As good as one week can be, the next can be as bad.”

“It’s very much a growing process, this club needs to be a stable Premier League club before it can push on.”

The lads will need to come down to earth at some point this week, and it’s probably good that we face one of the best teams in Europe away next Sunday afternoon, because that will give this team another stern test.

But a point at the Emirates next Sunday afternoon would be an excellent result, and would give the lads a 4 game unbeaten streak.

There’s no doubt the side performed very well indeed yesterday, and were streets ahead of Sunderland, and we cannot remember a Newcastle  side that played with such guts and spirit.

It’s just wonderful to watch.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Solaidback

    Nov 1, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    For some strange reason, I’ve got that nagging feeling that crap-loid assassins will still be on CH’s back, even after that display because they’ll not want to give us any praise for that performance, but I hope they change there target to someone who’s team are not on a roll & I think next weeks game at the Emirates will be massive, lets hope we can do what the Wet Spams did last week & almost get a draw or if we do lose, be it by a goal not another 4-0 thrashing…. somehow I don’t think our 1st eleven will allow that to happen, well I hope they go down to Arsenil with the same spirit they played with yesterday & maybe, just maybe break yet another record of not winning there in god know how many years.. 😉

    Well done to all the lads, to CH & to the fans at the ground, you sang out loud, you sang out proud!!! HWTL….

  • korn8

    Nov 1, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Good article, Ed. I agree with you, it is probably a good thing to play against Arsenal now. But if the Newcastle team that demolished Sunderland are playing at the Emirates, then we have a fair chance of getting a good result 🙂

    Lads, you have to see this:

    I thought they talked about Tiote, but no: It`s about Kevin Nolan! 😉 The new Paul Scholes? Thats an understatement! 🙂

    What about this:
    5-1 up – Bramble off!
    Kevin Nolan wrapped it up.
    With a nick nock paddy wack give the dog a bone. ALL YOU MACKEMS, F*** OFF HOME!!

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  • korn8

    Nov 1, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    “They chanted his name loudly during the second half in a clear attempt to show their support for the manager, but Hughton was diplomatic and dignified in his press conference.

    He said: “When I see the stadium we have and the support we have, to see the reaction from them is fantastic.

    “The fans’ support means a lot, but it has never been the most important thing. The most important thing is seeing this group doing well.”

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Nov 1, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #4

    lads, i am just completely sold on the gaffer! he is just pure class. in todays game you dont see managers as humble and even keeled as chrissy hughton. its a breath of fresh air from the big ego, big money, bigger then the team managers that are common place these days. ch was and is the right man for newcastle.

    mike ashley has made great strides to win back the fans since that fateful day at aston villa 18 months ago. he gave ch the job permanately, he paid the wage bill to keep our core players in the soda pop league, he backed chrissy in january to push the club to promotion and again in the summer to help keep us up(albeit the bare minimal investment) and he is trying to get our beloved club back on a sound financial footing. all of that was and is good for the toon. however, none of it will mean shite to me if he doesnt give the gaffer a big money contract cuz he deserves it. i want him to be paid somewhere in the top half of the league as far as managers are concerned. the players love ch, the fans love ch, the footballing community loves ch, the board needs to show some love to ch.

    i believe if ch stays and ashley backs him properly we will be back in europe in 3 seasons max.with the right amount of money come january, some more of chrissy smart buys that fit into the team, and a bit of luck and some good form, we possibly slide into the europa league come the end of may. think about it, quarter of the season gone and we are rightin the mix.

    pay our gaffer fat man or lose the toon army forever….THERES ONLY ONE CHRIS HUGHTON!!!!!


  • murvar

    Nov 1, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    That’s in my top 4 Toon performances of all time. The 5 – 0 v Man U; the 5 – 0 v Man City when Keegan, Beardsley and Waddle played together; the 3 – 2 v Barcelona in the Champions League. Fantastic, fairyland stuff, all of them.

  • korn8

    Nov 1, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Sgt. Heagerty: HEAR, HEAR! 🙂

  • Rowan Milsted

    Nov 1, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Sgt. Heagerty- I agree with most of what you’re saying in post 3, and well said. It seems that the fat man has stopped turning us into a circus team and has finally started contributing to the club’s stability. And stability, as many of us have agreed, is the key issue with Newcastle. With Ashley’s sudden transformation into a sensible and honest owner, Hughton’s management and the performance of the lads on the pitch it does indeed appear that we are going forward- striding forward- and about bloomin’ time, too.

    It would be nice to give CH a decent wage to reflect the more-than-decent job he’s doing, but we don’t need to throw money at him. CH is not a greedy man. And money is tight for us at the moment. The important thing is that he’s given a new contract with a decent pay packet, but all CH really needs is the respect of the board, the players and the fans. With all that, he’a a happy bunny. Yes, let’s improve his terms- if we can afford to do so- because he deserves it. But let’s not go silly with the cash.

    It’s easy to look at 7th place and start dreaming, but that has been our problem in the past. We’ve expected too much from the team. We’ve been gazing at the stars whilst we slip toward the gutter. Just look at the table and see how tight it is- a couple of bad results and we’re back down the bottom end. I’m not being pessimistic but I think it’s really important that we keep our feet on the ground and take each game as it comes. It’s nice to start thinking about Europa League, and you’re right- it’s not an impossibility. But thinking like that could potentially disrupt us from our course and see a return to old, bad habits. Let’s not distract ourselves with European dreams, let’s continue taking this season as a potential relegation fight. That’s the way we’ve done it so far, and it’s going very well.

  • balubas1

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Rowan Milsted:

    Yes we do expect too much of the team. We will loose again this season folks:( Thats the nature of the Magpies nowadays. Will will most likely loose at the emirates, but we should try to stay a bit more calm and not make total mayhem everytime we loose. It just creates silly rumours like CH getting the boot.

    But a bit of the problem is that when I look at our 1st team, I can see us beating anyone (except Barca, Inter and so on..) I also think we have equal 1st team quality as Tottenham and Everton, (but not as good squad).

    Even in our 1st game at Old Trafford, i didn’t think Man U played that good. Our loss mostly looked like we crumbled just because of the occation, and bcause of playing at OT. Same can be said for the Man City game.
    So because of this, the downfall after a loss is much bigger for me (and for you also I guess), because our team looks like it could beat anyone on a good day.

    The only team that has outplayed us this season is Arsenal. Their passing game pissed on us. I expect CH to tell the soldiers to push them higher up the pitch next weekend, or else we are up for a beating again.

  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #9

    I think next week at the Emirates we have to push them very quick and close, do not allow them time on the ball, I know that is easy to say but that is how I see it. Every time I have seen Arsenhole beaten it is by not giving them time and space on the ball.

    I love to watch Arsenhole play as they are a great passing team but to stand off them and allow them time is suicide.

    I know this will take a hell of an effort to keep it up for 90 mins but if we can disrupt their rhythm enough to get our own game going then well could pull off a surprise, I do not think they have anybody that can handle our two front men and if we can get service in like we did on Sunday then it’s anybody’s game.
    We just need everybody to be up for it like the Scumderland game.

    I must say though I do not like what is happening with Chris and the board just now, it has me unsettled.

  • jesus was a geordie

    Nov 1, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Some really good posts on this thread and I’m inclined to agree with a lot of it.

    With regards to building our expectation, my view this season is that, as cliched as it sounds ‘points win prizes’. We need to ignore, at least for the majority of the season, where we are sitting in the table, any team can be in first place and the end of the first weekend, but only 1 team has ever been relegated with more than 40 points and pleanty have avoided relegation with less! If and when we get to that magical 2 digit number, THEN we can look upwards, but for me (and I’m sure for Chris too) league position isn’t first priority, safety is.

    cupidstunt, I think your right about harassing Arsenal, and I do agree that they passed through us too easily last time, however, had we had a shade more luck (and them a shade less) it could’ve been a very different game. Let’s not forget that we hit the bar, and their keeper was man of the match, it’s not like we were toothless going forward!

  • Phil K

    Nov 1, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #11

    They talk about “turning points” – I think we had one yesterday.


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