We were pleased to see that John Terry will not be making his comeback at Newcastle tomorrow afternoon, so we assume that Alex and Ivanovic will continue in central defense for the Blues, and that’s good news for Newcastle.
Chris Hughton – has the lads well prepared for Chelsea
It would seem that Alex’s knee operation has been delayed until John Terry returns, so the London club can have one good experienced center-back playing until the former England captain returns.
The game tomorrow is really difficult to call for Newcastle, because we’ve played at our best in games we are not expected to win and vice versa, and we have no idea what Newcastle team will turn up tomorrow.
But even with Chelsea losing their last two league games and three of the last four, most pundits have made Chelsea the overwhelming favorites to win tomorrow afternoon.
This is what Chris Hughton said today about the game:
“When you have a season where the top three teams are all outstanding teams, but are all losing games and dropping points, it is an indication of how the league is this season.”
“In some ways, against a team like Chelsea, perhaps there will be more pressure on them to get a result.” “Most people would have them as winning the game at St James’s and we have to make sure that is not the case.”
“They are all very difficult games, but they are also the games which lift players, the type every player wants to play in. It is about rising to the occasion.”
“Chelsea are a top side. Even in their defeat at Birmingham last weekend they created a lot of chances.” “I thought they played well and they will feel as though they did enough to win the game.
“They will be expected to win, it is a very tough task for us with the players they have, but we believe we can stop them winning the game.”
“If they are not at the top of their game, they are capable of losing games. All of the top three have dropped points.”
One of the good things with Chris Hughton, apart from him hardly ever making excuses, is that after a poor game and a poor result, he’s been able to get the lads to forget it and put in a very good display.
He did that consistently last season, and after our dire defeats against Nottingham Forest and Scunthorpe United away, in four days, as one example, we went on a 7 game winning streak.
That’s very important over the season of course, because the last thing you want is for the lads to start to lose their confidence and the team has had some great results this season so far – and they’ve also had some terrible results too.
But Chris is looking for a good performance tomorrow at home, to balance out the woeful performance last Saturday at Bolton, when not only did we lose 5-1, but we also lost both our first choice center-backs for three league games.
“We are at home, we know the qualities they have and we have to try and restrict them and show the qualities we have.” “Last weekend was a bad day for us and we know that.”
“We conceded poor goals and it is very difficult if you do that.” “We knew we were going to have bad days, we have to put that right, that is the challenge for us.”
“This is a good game for that, these are the games players look forward to.” “We need a good performance. What we keep saying in our dressing room is if we have enough good displays, points and wins will take care of themselves.”
We look for a good spirited performance tomorrow afternoon against Chelsea and if we get one and the game is competitive, we’ll probably be satisfied enough.
Games against Chelsea are not games we would expect to get too many points out of, but there again we expected to pick up points against Blackpool, Stoke, Wigan, Blackburn and Fulham at home, and in those 5 fairly easy games we picked up just 2 points from the 15 on offer.
In retrospect – maybe we should be looking to beat Chelsea tomorrow.