Newcastle have won their last three league games, and are unbeaten in four league games after Coloccini got that last minute equalizer against Wigan back on 16th October, three weeks last Saturday.
Chris Hughton urging his players on yesterday
After that game Shola Ameobi said that Newcastle had stopped the rot, and he seems to have been correct with Newcastle winning 2-1 at West Ham, followed by that 5-1 humbling of Sunderland last Sunday, and then yesterday’s terrific 1-0 win at the Emirates.
It’s almost a joke now that Chris Hughton’s contract runs out at the end of the season, but we don’t think that is a huge problem and trust that Mike Ashley and the powers that be at Newcastle will get the job done soon, and tie down Chris Hughton to a long term contract on Tyneside.
Then we want to see Mike backing Chris in the transfer market, which he seems to have done in the last two transfer windows, and certainly we’ve picked up some bargain buys with the likes of Mike Williamson, Cheick Tiote and Danny Simpson, who looks to be much improved from last season, in his first 3 games of the season – all wins.
Mike Williamson is proving himself a real bargain at just £1M, and Cheick Tiote has been in terrific form for Newcastle in the middle of the park.
Things are also quite stable at the club under Chris Hughton, more stable than they’ve been for years in fact, with Hughton’s low key management style working well, and Chris seems to know exactly where he is going with the team.
The problems we had at the start of the season were inconsistency and poor home form, where a good performance, usually away from home, would be followed by a hopeless one at home, but in the last three league games Newcastle have been consistent and good and wrapped up all 9 points.
After beating Arsenal away it would be a real pity if we cannot pick up maximum points in our next two home game against Blackburn Rovers and Fulham.
Good teams would tie up all 6 points with those games in the next six days, and we’re sure that’s exactly what Chris will be drumming into his players this week.
There were doubts before this season whether Chris could manage successfully in the Premier League against top bosses like Alex Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti and Arsene Wenger.
But Chris seems to have taken it all in his stride, as he has already won against Ancelotti and Wenger on their home soil, and he has most of the Newcastle players playing out of their skins for him and the club right now.
We’ve learned not to get too carried away, after the humbling shock of relegation 18 months ago, but we are quietly confident about what Chris Hughton can do this season, and he may have Newcastle doing a lot better than we ever dreamed possible.
That will look a lot more possible if by next Saturday afternoon at 5:00 pm, we have 23 points from our first 13 league games.
All that really matters now is to win our next two home games on Wednesday night against Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn, and then on Saturday afternoon against Fulham – and the only question we have is how many times Chris will tell his players that this week. 😀
Howay The Lads!!