Newcastle have bagged 4 points from their last 3 league games, but only one in their last two home games against mediocre opposition in Blackburn and Fulham.
Chris Hughton – week of recuperation for his players
How Newcastle managed to lose to Blackburn was hard to take, because we gave away two very sloppy goals, the first one after just 3 minutes, and if the lads do that in any other game this season, we’ll lose that one too.
So it was encouraging that the defense looked very solid against Fulham on Saturday, and the lads overall looked good, well organized and solid, and with a little bit of luck up front we could have got all 3 points on offer.
But that’s now 3 games in just 6 games, and it’s likely that some of the players are carrying a few knocks, and we know Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi are carrying slight injuries at the moment for sure.
It seems that if we had managed 6 points from the last 3 games, that would have been a very good return, but we managed just 4 points in the end, and are now in 8th position in the Premier League, and behind a certain Sunderland team too, which is not good.
But Newcastle are also just one point out of 5th place, so that cannot be bad.
Chris Hughton talked about this last week and the 3 games played:
“It has been an up-and-down week,” “It was a fantastic win at Arsenal, very disappointing in the week and Saturday was disappointing, but we didn’t lose. We have to keep hold of that feeling.”
“This will be a good week for us. The lads have worked hard and we have to make sure we can rest those players who have played most of the games for us. It will be a recuperation week.”
Our next three games are away to Bolton next Saturday, home to Chelsea the following Sunday, and then WBA away the next Sunday.
Again if we could pick up 6 points in those games that would be outstanding but they are three tougher games than we’ve just had, that;s for sure.
But we always seem to do well at WBA where we have won the last three league games played at the Hawthorns, so there a chance we could get the win there.
Bolton away on Saturday will be an interesting game to watch, with both teams full of fight and endeavor, and Bolton doing so well this season under new manager Owen Coyle.
Bolton are flying high right now and are currently in 5th place, but just a single point ahead of Newcastle so we could overtake the Trotters with a win at the Reebok.
That’s what Chris will be going for come Saturday afternoon, but exactly who will start up front is a little uncertain right now, with injuries to both Carroll and Ameobi.