Hughton Still Thinks Newcastle In For A Tough Season


Since the amazing derby win on Sunday afternoon, Newcastle manager Chris Hughon has  become a bit of a folk hero on Tyneside.

Chris Hughton – started preparing yesterday for Arsenal game

And of course he’s very deserving of all the accolades he’s been receiving, especially since he’s supposed to be in danger of losing his job.

But once we start against Arsenal next Sunday, the Sunderland game is over and it’s history, and of course that’s even true right now.

The lads will continue to be measured on how they do at the Emirates, and in future games, and that’s just exactly as it should be – you cannot live on your laurels in top class football.

And the Newcastle manager never does, but always prepares so well for the next game, which is always the most important and only game that then matters – and that’s almost a perfect outlook to have as a manager.

And right on form, Chris Hughton says today that his Newcastle players  will be fully ready for the Gunners come next Sunday afternoon, as he told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I know what it means to the supporters – I know what it means when they go to work, and what the rivalry means.” “We were off on Monday, but we were back in yesterday, and already thinking about the next game.”

“The result on Sunday doesn’t change our thinking – we know we’re going to have a tough season. It’s a tough ask going to Arsenal.”

“We have to give a good account of ourselves, and give ourselves the chance to get something out of the game.” “The players will savour Sunday, and I want them to take that feeling into training and the (next) game.”

After a day in which he may have allowed himself to celebrate just a little bit, with the emphasis on may, Chris was back in business yesterday preparing the lads for the very tough game at Arsenal:

“The win sunk in straight away, but you’re already thinking about the next game. ”  “My thoughts are on Arsenal, but I’m conscious of what we achieved on Sunday, and my thoughts are with the supporters.”

It will be a good test of Newcastle’s first team,  to see if  they can do any better than the Newcastle second eleven last week in the Carling Cup.

Arsenal will be a little stronger than the side they played last week, but only  a little, as they played quite a strong side last Wednesday at St. James’ Park,  and of course it paid off for them with a 4-0 win,  and they now play Wigan at home in the 5th round.

Arsenal are in action tonight in the European Champions League, when they will be at FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukraine, a country in which Arsene Wenger has never won.

It would be great to get a point at Arsenal, and you just never know with this Newcastle side this season, since they usually do well when they are not expected to.

Here’s hoping. 😀

Comments welcome.



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21 comments so far

  • jarnytoon

    Nov 3, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #1

    my formation for arsenal would be would be :

    ************krul***

    simmo****collo***willo****enrique

    barton***nolan****tiote****jonas

    *******strolla*****carroll

    in light of our great victory (caning of those mackem bastads ) i have a new found respect for nolan and now actually hope he stays in the team and why he was picked as captain. i know he’s a scouser but right now i think the red blood in his veins is turning black nd white :).

    up the toon and long may CH be NUFC manager (greatest behind sir bobby and king kev )

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  • jarnytoon

    Nov 3, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #2

    1st!!

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  • Ryan_NUFC88

    Nov 3, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Agree with the formation Jarny, the team listed appears to have started to bond now and the players know exactly what style of play suits each player, e.g. On carrolls head to the fox in the box Nolan, Guti on the left etc. If we take it to the gooners on Sunday we may have a chance of a point, would be nice to get a result like we did in 2002 (I believe that was the year) when we beat them 3-1 at Highbury but we will see. Guti versus Sagna will be very interesting…

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  • sweendog

    Nov 3, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #4

    yep stick with 4-4-2 and take it to them .. if we’re beat so what not many teams will win .. but at least we tried…
    Think we are still in for a long season .. barring injuries we should stay up .. but our next 2 home games are what I want to see us winning .. if so 20 points by end of nov ..

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  • Jordan Betteridge

    Nov 3, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Obviously arsenal are a strong side and we know this from the cup exit a couple of weeks ago i personally think the team should be the same as jarnys Toon

    ************krul***

    simmo****collo***willo****enrique

    barton***nolan****smith****jonas

    *******strolla*****carroll

    Except tiote to be replaced by alan smith

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  • sweendog

    Nov 3, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #6

    tiote by smith .. Jordan Betteridge .. you must be nuts .. nolan and smith trying to get the ball off fabregas etc .. not a hope .. tiote has good pace thats what we need in midfield .. if smith was on .. tiote must be on as well .. then go 4-5-1 with carroll or strolla .. personally try out 4-4-2 against the best of them to see if we can get more out of this season than just premiership survival..

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  • Bao Zheng

    Nov 3, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #7

    For no good reason that I can think of I have a strangely good feeling about this game. Win or lose a great prospect, Sagna & Walcott v Jose and Jonas / Andy v the back 4 / Joey v Arse Shaving / Fabregas v Tiote, great stuff all over the pitch. I’ll go for 1-3 to the Toon again.

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  • sweendog

    Nov 3, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Bao Zheng .. that’ d be some result .. a draw and I’d be happy .. 3 points mate and I’ll be ecstatic ..

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  • CT

    Nov 3, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #9

    off topic. Khezman free agent after contract with PSG terminated by mutual consent, but do we still need him after we were rumoured to be interested in the summer and at 31 does he fit our new strategy?

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  • sweendog

    Nov 3, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #10

    kezman .. not sure he’s what we need .. carrolls and Ameobi in my eyes are better. That PSG striker we were linked with was a good one but he was gonna cost 8mill euros .. I think priorities are for a Right winger .. then maybe striker .. then CM playmaker .. and RB of course .. mind you simpson does look quiet good at the moment and steven taylor is good there ..

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  • sweendog

    Nov 3, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #11

    CT .. you know Cassano had his contract terminated .. would be interesting ..

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  • CT

    Nov 3, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Sweendog, no doubt Cassano`s quality but is a primadonna, trouble everywhere he`s been,not sure he`s right for our team spirit etc. However seems Emanuelson(AJAX) and Affellay( PSV) could both be available on frees in Jan???

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  • sweendog

    Nov 3, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #14

    CT .. afellay would be a class act but liverpool or Man U to get him .. Emanuelson .. maybe .. but with this quality available I hope hughton is looking at that instead of just the anderlecht winger ..

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  • Newutd

    Nov 3, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #15

    “CT .. you know Cassano had his contract terminated .. would be interesting ..”

    Easily one of those dickheads i least want at my beloved Newcastle.

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  • sweendog

    Nov 3, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #16

    ex real madrid striker .. etc .. he is a class act .. arfa came with baggage too .. but it does sound like cassano is a bit of a pr*ck ..

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  • DanNUFC

    Nov 3, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #17

    i think i would go with the same team but have Campbell replace Williamson at CB, just for extra pace and experience against a fast paced arsenal game plan.

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  • CT

    Nov 3, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Quality is available but our wage structure whilst at the mo is right for us, it could be the stumbling block, but Benny signed so you never know.

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  • CT

    Nov 3, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #19

    What maybe more realistic could be Charlie Adams if news over bonus payments dispute in his contract prove to be true. Can`t imagine his salary is out of reach.

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  • Young_Mag

    Nov 3, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Personally I would stay with the same team that tortured 5under1and … confidence is sky high & that can’t do any harm in my opinion.

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 4, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #21

    any linkfor the ad in the chronicle about maken tracksuits for sale

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