Chris Hughton has a tough task this week as he prepares the team for the visit of the Premier League Champions Chelsea, and tries to keep the spirits of the lads high, after the 5-1 thrashing at Bolton.
Chris Hughton – has tough job this week
This is what Chris said this morning:
“We have Chelsea next and that sums up the reality of this division. It is a home game and the way this division is there have been lots of strange results and unpredictable results.”“I am sure no one will need motivating for that one. We have got to make sure we make sure we put some of the wrongs of the Bolton game right in the next game. We beat Sunderland 5-1 a couple of weeks ago, but that is this division for you.”
“What you want is a level of consistency. We are what we are. We are capable with what we have in the team of scoring goals. The teams who become the most consistent will be in the top six or seven. We said there will be ups and downs. Did we think we’d be a top-eight team? No we didn’t. So along with that comes the ups and downs. Part of that means we have to pick ourselves up from a very bad day at the office.”
Newcastle are now in a similar position that Sunderland were in, after Newcastle hammered them 5-1.
Sunderland had games at Tottenham and Chelsea, and a home game against Stoke, following the Newcastle game, but they managed to get two wins and a draw out of those very tough games, including the amazing 3-0 win at Chelsea last week, so if Sunderland can mount a recovery like that – then so can Newcastle.
And it doesn’t seem to matter which team you play this season, because surprise results are happening all over the place, and it seems that the top teams in the Premier League are a lot more vulnerable than they’ve been for many a season.
And that goes for our next opponents Chelsea, who have lost three of their last for league games, so it would not be impossible for Newcastle to do well against them at St. James’ Park next Sunday afternoon.
And maybe getting Chelsea next up could be better than getting a bottom half of the table team, since we usually lose to poor teams at St. James’ Park this season.
We need a win as soon as we can get one, after what happened at Bolton.