Anything But A Defeat Tomorrow Will Be A Win For Newcastle

Chris Hughton says his players should be confident for tomorrow’s game with Arsenal,  but they cannot be fearful if they are get a result at the Emirates tomorrow afternoon.

Chris Hughton – on the training field at Benton – LLambias in background

Newcastle hardly have a good record playing Arsenal in London, and in the last 10 games there we have lost 9 and drawn one – so what does that tell you?    It tells us we are due a win at the Emirates tomorrow, that’s what it tells us.

Those streaks are there to be broken,  and if Newcastle can play as well as they have done in their last two league games, when we won at West Ham in London, and hammered Sunderland last Sunday with a supreme performance of attacking football, , then we will be in with a fighting chance tomorrow.

Newcastle will have plenty of confidence from those two previous games and may even fancy their chances tomorrow afternoon.

This is what Newcastle manager Hughton told the Evening  Chronicle today:

“It goes without saying – you have to be confident after that, how can you not be?” “But whether you’re confident or not, we are going to as tough a place as they come in Arsenal.”“Most would consider it one of the most difficult.”

“But we go there with confidence and the feel-good factor is there from the last couple of Premier League games.” “We must be mindful of the quality they have, but not fear it.”

Newcastle have another advantage in that they had had no mid-week game, and Arsenal only arrived back from the Ukraine early Thursday morning, and if it’s possible they may not be as prepared as they usually are for the game tomorrow – and we stress if it’s possible.

Arsenal suffered one of their rare European defeats on Wednesday night against Shakhtar Donetsk, but of course they did rest some of their top players, and the London side will be back to full strength for the visit of the Magpies, and will be even more determined to return to their winning ways tomorrow.

But there again, Arsenal are used to playing a couple of games a week, and have done that for many many years now under manager Arsene Wenger,  and some of their best players like Fabregas, Song and Rosicky are all expected to return to the starting line up tomorrow.

Chris continued:

“We are aware of what they achieved in their Carling Cup game and that they have also had a midweek game in the Champions League.”

“They were able to rest a number of their players in that game.” “But in view of whether they play them again or they rest them, one thing I do know is how they will play.”

“They play the same type of football throughout and we all know what it is.” “And whatever side they put out, it will be a top-class side.”

“There will be no surprises there. The way they play they can bring in quality players whenever they like.” “And we have to play as well as they do if we are to get a result.”

There’s no doubt that tomorrow’s game is a tough one – in fact one of the toughest of the season fort Newcastle – and we don’t expect to get too many league points from our trips to the Emirates, Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge this season.

But 3 points are on the line tomorrow, and we expect the Magpies to fight for a result tomorrow, and with some luck they could get something out of the game.

Anything but a defeat tomorrow will be a win for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Solaidback

    Nov 6, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Well due to the Spurts losing 4-2 to Bolton today, even if we get a draw at Arsenil, we’ll go above both those 2 club on goal difference, so that a positive thought to have, we just need all the other clubs below us who’re playing today, get a draw also, then we’ll go up 3 places into 5th.. lol 🙂

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 6, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Stoke are really messing up. shhhhhhhhhugar.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Nov 6, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Note to Hoots… NUFC don’t (ie NUFC CAN’T) do 4-5-1!

    As theoretically appropriate to this match as it might sound it is an alien concept to spirit of NUFC as an entity comprised of ‘team + supporters’. Far better we go into this fixture with two big lads to rock the Gooners onto the back foot from the off than sit back and let them slowly pick holes in our defence (and f*** knows we still have plenty of those) until a dubious offside goal or penalty call goes their way – which it will of course at the Emirates!

    Nor can we rely on pushing up and invoking an offside trap, it’s proving suicidal this season in all divisions, so throw away any notions of 4-4-1-1 with last year’s training manual and instead rip ’em apart down the flanks with 4-4-2 from the start.

    If we lose, we lose – but at least we stand a fighting chance that way. If we go with 1 striker we’ll doubtless gift them possession (as we always tend to do with 4-5-1), allowing them to retain their shape and we’ll probably get 3 knocked past us before the hour mark.

    We should play to win in every game – look at Bolton!

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Nov 6, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #4

    CH, please use 4-4-2!!!!! only one thing we must do. Get A Wing Tomorrow!!!!!

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Nov 6, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Get A Win!!!!

  • jimiley

    Nov 6, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #6

    We will lose tomorrow regardless of the team we play so we should play a weak team and save ourselves for the next two games which are the games that count. Why not pace ourselves in the league just as we do in the Cups which we don’t seem to want to win anymore? You cannot win a Cup playing your reserve team unless you are one of the top 4 and we ain’t that!!!

  • CT

    Nov 6, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Off topic, see Smartin Atkinson failed to send Cattermole off and award Stoke a blatant penaltyto gift the Mackems a win! This guy along with Marriner are just incompetent!!

  • CT

    Nov 6, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Arse have arguably the best midfield in the premiership, Fabregas, Arshavin,Nasri,Wilshere,Walcott, Razinski etc who can all rotate position. On the other hand I think you can get at their defence. Try to play through midfield we`ll get murdered,We need 4:4:2 Carrol/Ameobi up front, Nolan coming from midfield and Joey n Jonas wipping ball after ball into the box, their goalie whoever he plays won`t like it. We for this game need a more direct approach bypassing midfield to have any chance!! But Hoots will go 4:5:1 Carrol up front on his own, Tiote/Smith holding and we`ll be chasing shadows all game!!

  • nuttyward

    Nov 6, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #9

    we need to get in there faces from the start if we let them play we are doomed.
    this is a propper footballing outfit and we need to let them know they have a game on there hands.

  • petey

    Nov 6, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #10

    CT // Nov 6, 2010 at 6:39 PM


    Im quite sure hughton will field the same team as last week. How can he not?

  • G

    Nov 6, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #11

    You know, strange as it may sound, there have been some really unexpected results in the prem this season so far, look at all of the games we expected to win and didn’t for example? I don’t know if its the Paul Weller kicking in or what, but I have a feeling we are coming away from capital with 3 points tomorrow. Come on the Toon.

  • petey

    Nov 6, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Hear hear.

    Carroll is in need of a goal to keep up with super kev! Lets see him bully his way to a brace!

    2-1 to the toon

  • Sav

    Nov 7, 2010 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Chris showing the Newcastle strikers where the goal is.

  • davcon22

    Nov 7, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #14

    Tactics for today!! and I’m quoting that great 80’s/90’s chant from the toon fans.
    “Get in ta them and f**k them up!
    Get in ta them and f**k them up!”
    Job done 🙂


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