Chris Hughton has given a long interview this morning to the Newcastle Journal on our Premier League season so far.
Chris Hughton – Newcastle not in the best group of Premier teams
It’s been a very up and down season, but most fans will be pleased that we’ve already amassed a good 14 points from 10 league games, even though we seem to have dropped far too many points at St. James’ Park.
This is what Chris said today:
“I suppose one good way of describing our season so far is that we have built up a consistency of being inconsistent.” “But we are not the only team who is having that type of season. It has been a different league to others. Did anybody expect Blackpool to get off to the start that they have? Probably not.”
“I don’t think anybody expected West Brom to get a result at Arsenal, nor did anyone think Liverpool would have expected to be in the position they are in. We might have been expected to do a little bit better at home but against that we have done better away from home than what we had felt we would do.”
“There are things to address as it has been a strange start but the most important thing is that we have got the amount of points so far that we needed to get. I think the results like Sunderland and Aston Villa up against other games where we’ve not done so well, reflects a reality of where we really are in this league.”
“On most weeks, the best teams in the Premiership usually get the best results.” “We’re not in that group of teams. The group we’re in has teams that will have inconsistencies and will have highs and lows.” “What the two games against Villa and Sunderland have shown is that we are capable of some good performances.”
“The most important thing for us is that we’re in the Premiership next season.” “For as good a day as we had last Sunday against Sunderland we will have bad periods this season and we will go through spells where we will lose games.” “It’s about bouncing back from those defeats.”
“That’s what we have been able to do so far. We’ve had two good league victories at home, and West Ham was arguably as good as those two.” “I think there will be some surprises as the season draws to a close but generally there won’t be too many – and things will level off.”
“We’re one of a group of teams that can either push into the mid-section of the Premiership, or a couple of teams could find ourselves very much in that bottom group.”
As usual Chris is very realistic in the way he thinks, and he seems to know exactly where Newcastle are right now as a team, and we all know we are not one of the best teams in England’s top league.
We have certainly shown against Aston Villa, Everton, Chelsea, Man City, West Ham and Sunderland that we can be a very good looking side, and fight it out with the best of them.
But on other days we don’t look the part, and it’s an open question as to how we’ll play at the Emirates tomorrow afternoon, and it’s certain that the first 30 minutes or so of that game will be absolutely crucial to Newcastle.
If we can keep Arsenal down to not scoring or even just a single goal in the first half, we could every chance of getting something out of that game in London, and prove the side are becoming more consistent, as the season progresses.
But if we don’t get any points tomorrow, it’s hardly a time to panic, and we have to get points from our two upcoming home games against Blackburn on Wednesday night, and then Fulham next Saturday.
6 points from the next 3 league games, in a space of just 6 days, will be a terrific points return for Newcastle.