It was a disappointing defeat against Blackburn on Wednesday night, after the lads had done so well in getting 9 points from their previous 3 league games.
Chris Hughton – where’s that Newcastle United suit?
But with the game at home to Fulham tomorrow afternoon, a win will keep Newcastle in 5th place in the league, with 20 points from the first 13 league games, and who would have thought we would ever be this high up so quickly?
When you review the game with Blackburn it was two bad mistakes that cost Newcastle the two goals, especially the first goal after just 3 minutes, and we can be sure Cheick Tiote will never again try to dribble the ball out of his own penalty area ever again.
The performance from Newcastle wasn’t great, but without those two mistakes we could have still come out with a draw, or even all 3 points.
Chris Hughton will be drumming it into the players that the defense has to be strong tomorrow afternoon, and we then have an excellent chance of quickly returning to our winning ways – and it comes just 3 days after our 4th home defeat of the season far too many so relatively early in the season.
Hughton talked about tomorrow’s game with the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s a good thing that we have got a game so quickly and a good thing that it’s at home.” “We know we need to address the home form. The home form has been frustrating for us.”
“But we have had some good performances in there, even amongst the frustrations.” “Against Blackpool we thought we’d done OK and had chances to win it.”
“Against Stoke wasn’t one of our best performances and that we acknowledge and Wigan for 45 minutes, but we were excellent in the second half.”
“Against Blackburn we found it difficult to break down the team that came to get a point.” “We added to our own downfall by conceding two very poor goals.”
Fulham are now managed by Mark Hughes and he will play a very similar game to what Sam Allardyce did with Blackburn on Wednesday evening, so we have to hope that Chris has studied the tapes, and worked out some way to overcome a 4 man midfield and a 5 man defense.
No side in the Premier League is a bad side this season, and even Blackpool, who were expected to struggle mightily, playing essentially their second eleven to give some of their players a rest with 3 games in 7 games, still gave Aston Villa a very tough game at Villa Park this week.
Blackpool were very unlucky to lose that game 3-2, but that cannot be good news for the Aston Villa fans, since Villa seem to be struggling initially under Gérard Houllier.
So no game is easy these days, and that will be true against Fulham tomorrow, who will be a tough team to beat.
“They’re a good side that have good players, they play with a good shape.” “Nothing has dramatically changed from last season when they reached the Europa League final.”
“Mark Hughes has a similar philosophy in the way that he plays.” “They play a very good high-tempo game and are exciting to watch.”
If the Newcastle team can cut out the mistakes, and somebody, other than Joey Barton, can get those crosses in for Andy Carroll to get to, we will have a very decent chance of winning this game.
But after losing out on any points on Wednesday night, we have to go for the win to keep those points a coming.
Howay The Lads!!