The game tomorrow is about 16 months after we played our first game ever in the Championship, and after being 1-0 down at half time at West Brom, the lads fought back so well in the second half to get a 1-1 draw.
Roberto Di Mateo and Chris Hughton in a previous game
That was really the start of a new regime at Newcastle, with senior players stepping up to the plate, and Chris Hughton surprising almost everybody (including himself?) with his success as a first time manager.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today about our very first game in the Championship in August of last year:
“In our quest last year, it was very much an important game – it was our first game in the Championship.”“And we had to make some type of impact.”
“As we’ve made progress, this would be no different to any other game in the Championship.”
“But now this game coming up against West Brom is just as big.” “This is a team on the same points as us, and in the same type of situation as us.”
“Therefore the need to get something out of it has never been bigger.”
West Brom have done extremely well this season back in the Premier League, and play some very good football, and we are big admirers of their young manager Roberto Di Mateo, who looks an excellent manager in the making.
“They’ve picked up some very good results. We’re making progress this season, and so are they.”
“If you make nine changes for a cup quarter-final, it’s because you’re more concerned with securing your position in the division.”
The main thing for most teams this season, especially the three promoted sides, is to make sure the club survives in the league, and that’s what West Brom and Newcastle are trying to do this season, as their only real priority.
But tomorrow is also a game Newcastle can win, and that’s what we are hoping for tomorrow afternoon at the Hawthorns, in a game that is being televised live around the world.