One thing we really liked about Chris Hughton is that he never let himself, or his players, get ahead of themselves.
Steven Taylor – take one game at a time
Whether the last match was a win, a draw or a defeat, he always had his players look at the next match as the one to win.
And Steven Taylor is showing that approach today, despite the doom and gloom that has been on Tyneside this summer, mainly because of faltering summer transfer moves.
The transfers of Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique for around £46M, have been met so far with the acquisition of Yohan Cabaye for around £4.5M, Gabriel Obertan for £3M and free agents Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and 18 year-old Mehdi Abeid.
And Newcastle have made a good start to the season with a solid 0-0 draw against Arsenal at home and then the great 1-0 win at Sunderland.
Steven Taylor is hoping that will stop the negativity on Tyneside, as he looks forward to the Carling Cup tie on Thursday evening:
“Hopefully the first two games have sent out a bit of a statement, but we are not going to get too far ahead of ourselves. Scunthorpe on Thursday in the Carling Cup, that’s the next game.”
Last time we played at Scunthorpe’s Glanford Park we lost 2-1 in October of 2009, even though Newcastle dominated that game.
And it was only 3 days after losing at Nottingham Forest 1-0, and that was the only time that Newcastle lost two successive games that season, and of course Newcastle only lost 4 league games all season in the league, and none at home.
Alan Pardew will give some players like Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic, Sylvain Marveaux, Demba Ba and Leon Best a game on Thursday evening, but he will need to ensure Newcastle win the tie.
The Carling Cup is Newcastle’s very best chance to win something this season, and the club will have to play strong sides in each of the ties.
You never know, maybe this is the season to get our first trophy in 43 years.