We were hammered in our first game at Old Trafford 3-0, and in that game we were simply outclassed by a much better side, and the result could have been a lot worse.
Chris Hughton – making Newcastle a more professional side
That’s the truth of it, but it could be a lot different now, if Newcastle were to visit Old Trafford, and after our away performances at Everton, West Ham and Arsenal, we’re quite sure that Chris Hughton would go there looking for a win.
That might seem like an outrageous statement, but that’s just exactly what Chris did at the Emirates on Sunday, and started two strikers, and came away with a well deserved 3 points, and a superb performance against Arsenal.
Very different from when Sam Allardyce was at the club, as he would have parked two double-decker buses in the penalty area at the Emirates, and come away with a defeat.
But in life, and in football, you very often get exactly what you expect, and if you go in for the win, then fortune often favors the brave, which is what happened on Sunday with Newcastle United.
And Chris is surprising a lot of people with his brave team selections, and don’t ever accuse the Newcastle manager of playing a defensive kind of game – he wants to win every single game, and surely that cannot be too bad.
Newcastle are now 5th in the Premier League, but the last three wins will mean nothing at all, once the game with Blackburn starts tomorrow night, and it could well be that Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn will play a defensive kind of game, and make if hard for Newcastle to break through.
But Chris will be drumming that into the players, as he makes them into a much more professional side where neither wins nor defeats affects them mentally, but they simply go into the next game, and try mightily to win it – and get all 3 points.
And the lads are also in full swing right now, and no doubt will again play an attacking formation, but we’re not saying this game will be easy, by any means, but we must still try to wrap up all 3 points.
Chris was asked today whether the form and 5th place of Newcastle, may have surprised a few people this season, and Chris said:
“Yes – and I think that would probably be the same for all three teams who got promotion.” “It is tough when you come into this division having been out of it.”
“And the expectations on all three teams are that you will work your way into the division and learn about the division, and hopefully get stronger as it goes on.”
“That’s very much how the division is. There are some real surprise results – us going to the Emirates would be a surprise result, West Brom going there certainly would be and Blackpool, the results they have got.”
It seems what Chris said is exactly what Newcastle did those first 8 games, when we had just 8 points, and in some games we were inconsistent, and lost points against Blackpool and Stoke at home, when we expected 6 points and got absolutely nothing.
But the manager also said that the lads had to learn quickly as the season progressed, and quite a few of our players seem to be doing exactly that, and lads like Williamson, Simpson and Barton have all improved this season.
Newcastle’s big strength is the way they play as a team, and the way they all support and fight for each other, and if we can show that great tenacity tomorrow night and will to win against Blackburn Rovers, then there’s no reason why we can’t extend our winning streak to 4 games – none at all.
Howay The Lads!!