I talked to my brother Rod in Newcastle yesterday by telephone, and that’s the first time I realized there was snow on the ground in home base.
That white stuff in Newcastle yesterday
Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the US, and of course it’s a family day, so Rod had already talked to my wife and the 3 kids before he talked to me.
And it seems the snow had gone up to 4 inches in depth when he got around to me, because he had told my wife Madeleine, it was just 2 inches – funny how things get bigger as time passes by.
No snow over here in Raleigh, as it’s 8:35 am in the morning as I write this article, and it’s 66 degrees Fahrenheit outside (we still use Fahrenheit over here), but there again we are 20 degrees south in latitude to Newcastle.
But it looks like the cold snap has indeed affected Newcastle’s preparations for Sunday’s crucial game against Chelsea at St. James’ Park.
The Benton training ground was covered with five inches of snow yesterday (that’s according to the Evening Chronicle), and it wasn’t possible to have a normal session for the first team squad.
But the lads were still able to train indoors on their indoor pitch instead, but with things a little better outside today, they are training outdoors today.
This is what Newcastle manager Chris Hughton said today:
“It affected training yesterday, but we have got quite a good indoor area and we’ve just got to work around it.” “So far this week we got the reaction we expected. We weren’t happy with the result, or the manner of the result at Bolton.”
“Generally, our games have been quite close, but we made fundamental mistakes. It’s about how you bounce back from those defeats.”
“It’s going to be a tough season – we’ve said that consistently. When things don’t go your way, you’ve got to work hard to put it right.”
“Sol and Steven are two very good players. In an ideal world, we’d have liked Steven to play more football.”
“These are the things that test you, and there’s no bigger test than Chelsea.”
We have to hope that both Sol and Steven dig in for Newcastle in Sunday’s game, but both players have guts galore and they are both very experienced, and they will no doubt be relishing their starts against the Premier League Champions.
We have to hope they have memorable games, and if they do maybe Newcastle can get another memorable result.