The biggest job for Chris Hughton this week is to get the lads back down to earth, and point out that the last time we had a good win at home, the 6-0 mauling of Aston Villa, we had quite a few dodgy results after that.
Danny Simpson – we’ve learned from Villa game
We are still in orbit, and will remain that way until the game starts on Sunday, and it could be a good game, especially f Newcastle continue their excellent form of the last two league games, and then anything could be possible at the Emirates.
The lads did quite well away from home after the Villa win, but then we lost our next two home games to Blackpool and Stoke, so after the Arsenal game we have winnable home games against Blackburn and Fulham, and we have every chance of winning them – but we also thought we’d beat Blackpool and Stoke of course.
So at least it’s a chance for the lads to prove they have learned from how they performed at home after the Aston Villa game, and if we can get two home wins in the next 3 games, that would be just great.
Danny Simpson has been getting the plaudits for an excellent performance on Sunday, and rightly so as he said today that the lads have indeed learned from what happened after that Villa big win:
“I think we learned from what happened after beating Aston Villa. We went on from there to have a few iffy results,” “I don’t know whether we got carried away and stopped working as hard, I’m not sure we did. But we have to have the same levels that we had in the Sunderland game every time we go out on the field.”
“I think what happened to us after Villa means it won’t happen again. We’ve learned now that no matter who you play you have to be on your game.” “If we go into every game as determined and confident as we did against Sunderland then the sky is the limit for us.”
We’re sure Chris Hughton will be drumming it into the players this week, that the Sunderland win is now past and gone, it’s history and the aim on Sunday is to get something out of a very difficult game at Arsenal. After losing 2-1 last night in the Ukraine against Shakhtar Donetsk in the European Champions League, the London side will be wanting to get back to their winning ways against Newcastle.
We may not get any points on Sunday, but the goal has to be to get 6 points form the following two home games, and after the Villa game we got no points against Blackpool and Stoke, so we’re sure Chris will be drumming that into the players – so they can prove they have indeed learned things this season.
6 points from the next 3 league games would be fantastic, and that would take us to 20 points from the first 13 league games – unlucky for some, but it could be great for the Magpies.