Chris Hughton Hoping For Big Bounce Back Against Champions


It seems that Chris Hughton is pleased with the training this week, and he feels the players have given him the reaction he wanted to see, after last week’s humiliation at Bolton.

Chris Hughton – good reaction this week

This is what Chris said about the training this past week:

“We got the reaction we expected,” “We weren’t happy with the result or the manner of the result.””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.”

Of course the training was interrupted on Wednesday because of a snow storm and the Newcastle forecast is for snow showers and freezing weather through Tuesday.

There probably will not be any real threat to the game tomorrow, unless there is some significant snowfall, because with the underground heating, the groundsmen should be able to keep the field from freezing.

We saw the Birmingham – Chelsea game last weekend and it was all Chelsea, and it was one of those games that Chelsea could probably have played for some hours without scoring.

Ben Forster in goal had an incredible game, and the facts show that Chelsea were overwhelmingly on top with 32 shots at goal to Birmingham’s three, from which they scored the winner.

But Brum held out and went on to get a famous win, but whether the Newcastle defense can play as well as Birmingham’s did last week is very debatable, given what happened last time out.

And Chris Hughton is right to say he didn’t see too much wrong with Chelsea’s performance last weekend:

“You expect a club like Chelsea to win football matches, and I didn’t see too much wrong with the Birmingham performance,”

“On another day, they’d have won quite comfortably.”  “With the quality in their side, they’re capable of going into every game and winning.”

A very strong defensive performance by Newcastle tomorrow, and some good form from Newcastle up front are keys to the game.

And the lads have to start this game strongly, and not be at all nervous, otherwise we could find ourselves one goal down far too quickly.



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  • bobby martins 34

    Nov 27, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #1

    In the absence of Barton, Hoots will need to revert back to 4-5-1 as much i unfancied that formation but atleast it allows guthrie to go back to his comfortable cm role where he has always played well and came with a couple of screamers last season and hope for routledge to hit a couple of crosses that will get to carroll.

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