Chris Hughton Has Warning For Newcastle


Brighton finally lost a game – at Preston on Saturday – and Chris admitted that the home side were the better team on the day and deserved their 2-0 win.

But Brighton missed a penalty and with a bit of luck could have still got something out of the game.

But they didn’t and that allowed Newcastle to reclaim top place in the Championship albeit that Brighton have a game in hand on us.

And Chris has come out today and said it is not a two horse race with Brighton and Newcastle the automatic promotion favorites.

Rafa Benitez and Chris Hughton at St. James’ Park in August

There have been some close and very good games in the Championship lately and Chris has pointed this out as he sends a message to his players.

A number of teams like Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County are coming into form at just the right time.

This is what Chris – one of the most under-rated managers in the game – has said as reported in the Chronicle today:

“I never have thought that because of the quality of teams in this division. We watched two fabulous games Reading v QPR and Leeds v Derby and the strength of Norwich and Aston Villa.”

“And the teams that are really performing well like Leeds, Reading, Huddersfield.”

“There are too many good teams to think it’s going to be just between two clubs.”

“I think there will be lots of twists and turns for the rest of the season. We need to make sure we get back to what we do best and to get back to winning ways.”

“We’ve got to hope in the long run it doesn’t do us any harm, brings us back to basics.”

“For anyone that was getting carried away, it brings us back down to earth and we’ll need to be better next game.”

“We’ve got very tough opposition, albeit at home, and we’ll need to be better.”

With Brighton one of the hot favorites along with Newcastle for promotion, Chris doesn’t want his players to get over confident or complacent by thinking they will (easily) get promoted,

We’ve seen some complacency at Newcastle over the last several weeks although the gutsy and ugly 2-1 win at Brentford on Saturday showed the lads are willing to fight tooth and nail for the cause.

It’s a tough league alright – and while it’s not the best in the world – it’s probably the toughest league to play in with the games coming thick and fast and it’s all very competitive.

Here’s the current top six in the Championship at the moment.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle464594
2Brighton463493
3Reading46485
4Sheffield Wednesday461581
5Huddersfield46-281
6Fulham462880

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45 comments so far

  • toontaff2

    Jan 16, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #1

    JIB JOB – “I do not believe it!”

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  • hibbit

    Jan 16, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    jib

    its a big ask, hope she is worth it…………. LOL

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 16, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #3

    We can all see the benefit of Murphy and Hanley now, surely!
    They would be automatic starters in most Championship teams and with Mbemba away and the injuries, they are going to be important this next few weeks!

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  • Mag52

    Jan 16, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    10 second answer to belly fat – airbrush.

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 16, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Let’s hope Haidara can stay fit and play a big part, as well.

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  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    I saw Hoots post match interview.
    He was refreshingly honest as usual.
    What a gent !

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  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Steve Harper on short-list to take over from Craig Hignett at Hartlepool

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  • ToonRich

    Jan 16, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Depending on the extent of Gayles injury, maybe its time Rafa used his conections and at least get us a loanee striker for the remainder of the season. Any thoughts? I still think we need a few bodies in this window to see us through…

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 16, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9

    “Monday sees DR Congo and Chancel Mbemba open up against Morocco, before Christian Atsu and Ghana get underway against Uganda on Tuesday.”

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  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #10

    Some of the reserves should be given the opportunity to step up to the plate.
    Reserve forwards are :-
    Tom Heardman 6′ 3″ (FA cuptied) – was once known as the next Andy Carroll.
    Luke Charman
    Callum Roberts
    There are others on loan or a bit young but these 3 are in their late teens or twenties and should be pushing for a senior squad place.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    jib
    On about Andy Carroll – some goal he scored on Saturday

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  • expatmag

    Jan 16, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    JIB

    If you were up to date with all things NUFC, you would know Roberts is on loan at Kilmarnock

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  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #13

    I think it was Rotonda that said it was better than Giroud’s.
    I agree – the Frenchman’s was a bit flukey – Carroll really meant his effort

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  • barkel

    Jan 16, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Jib, good shout playing some of the reserves but I think most of our better players are out on loan.

    Roberts is gone to Kilmarnock

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  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #15

    expatmag

    Silly me.

    If you were to check back you would find I was the one that broke the news about Lee Clark’s interest !!

    Doh !

    You can strut and crow like your mate Mr Tuff

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #16

    The contact on carrolls goal though… Really great effort! Better than Girouds for me as giroud just threw out a leg. We’ve all scored girouds goal in training as kids at some point, I’ve never caught one like carrolls in my life!

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  • geordie157

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #17

    Now Murphy is getting some game time, I was thinking of the summer signings who has impressed or not.

    Hayden, Ritchie, Clark and Gayle have stood out. Yedlin and Atsu have done well.

    Lazaar will probably come good, Hanley I’d say has been average, as has Diame.

    Which leaves the disappointments Gamez and Sels, maybe a little harsh on Gamez as he has been injured a lot.

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Was at the match on Saturday! Gotta say, if Sels had the game darlow had, he’d be being crucified! Made some saves yes, but all saves you’d expect him to make, was massively at fault for their goal, and the sheer amount he dropped and caught the bounce, or parried back into danger zones was alarming! He’s done really well to take his chance, but not a good day for him on Saturday and we were lucky he only cost 1!

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #19

    @Geordie 157 – I think to be fair on Hanley, at centre half, you need a run of games and he hasn’t had that! Good for squad depth, I think hes Lascelles understudy and Lascelles has managed to stay fit and his captain. Think his form has dipped a bit to be honest though. Reckon if he gets a run he’ll do us well, he’d start as 1st on the team sheet for 90% of the rest of the league

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #20

    Charlie

    Regarding the ratings you gave the ‘new’ signings, I would have Diame lower and Hayden higher. I have not seen a reason why Rafa insists on playing the former at #10 other than a lack of options and the latter has been the more positive alongside Shelvey.

    Now that we have been hit by injuries we should see the talent of the full squad which Rafa has amalgamated. Which should see us surpass our challengers for the league title.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #21

    Jay,
    He wasn’t that bad, however I think he thought he was playing beach volleyball for their goal.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #22

    jay
    Sels would get slated because unfortunately atm that’s how he plays whereas for Darlow it was just a bad day

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #23

    @Lindifarne – Think the plus with Diame, he has a history of turning up for big high pressure games. My guess is that’s one reason why Rafa took him. The yanks would call him a clutch player. Personally always thought he looks better in centre mid than #10! Similarly, always think Ayoze Perez looks better wide than a #10!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #24

    RIP Jimmy Superfly Snuka.

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #25

    @Jail – was at the game, just every cross he took he dropped for a bounce before catching, nothing seemed clean.
    @wwsbrd – yeah to be fair he’s looked solid all other times and it was just one off day. I can’t see any of our current GKs being first choice if Krul comes back and hangs around

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #26

    jay
    Id have Darlow over Krul right now, Krul stopped developing (and arguably went backwards) before his injury and now he hasnt played for a long time…I still think hes good and am not against him staying but Darlow deserves the number 1 spot plus he was good in the PL for us last season and this season has done very little wrong for me

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #27

    Jay,
    I was at tge game as well and he caught a good few crosses.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #28

    What date are our ACON players realistically likely to come back anyone?

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #29

    @wwsbrd – Just not sold on him myself! Though can’t fault him this season. He’s solid, just see him as a perfect #2 rather than 1st choice!
    @Jail – were you? Very tired old ground wasn’t it! I was in the home end because can’t seem to get hold of tickets for love nor money for away games in away end! Thought we had a good turnout considering the surrounding situations and last minute fixture change! Every time I go to an away game I’m astounded at how good Newcastle fans really are!

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  • expatmag

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #30

    JIB

    No need for me to strut around. Everyone makes mistakes.

    You just make more than most other people

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  • expatmag

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #31

    ONE ALAN SHEARER

    Senegal (Diame) and Ghana (Atsu) are both potentially good enough to meet in the final.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #32

    Just seen the report on .com which helps. Looks like Mbemba likely to come back first. I can see both Senegal and Ghana progressing from there groups so not back anytime soon.

    Our real pressing need is central midfield I think. Colback our only match fit player. Shelvey coming back but we don’t even have juniors or reserves who could do a job there. It’s completely daft to not get someone in to fill that position asap. Obviously of the right quality.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Expat cheers.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 16, 2017 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #34

    I see Mbemba has invoked Psalm 12:-

    “The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.”

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 16, 2017 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #35

    jay
    Nar he’s better than just a number 2 for me. England call up next season

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 16, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Jay,
    Very quaint. Check out a facebook page called Newcastle face value tickets, you’ll get tickets in the away end on there mate.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 16, 2017 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #37

    Jay,
    Did we sound loud from the home end, my voice is still shot.

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 16, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #38

    @wwsbrd – Ha. Possible to be honest if he’s first choice next season.. I mean Hart is having an absolute nightmare in Italy and is still number 1… Butland probably the only genuine international class keeper but constantly injured. I really really rate Heaton but can’t see him getting games unless he signs for a bigger club..
    Always wondered why England don’t consider championship players… in the recent past I’ve seen Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, USA,Chile, Denmark, Holland, Nigeria etc all scout championship players and pick them, all have been as successful as England in recent years yet England seem to think it’s below them despite the small talent pool in the EPL. saw a while back the championship for quality was ranked 7th in the world, above turkey/Russia/Holland etc and brazil, argentina think nothing of calling up from those leagues even. Always think the English national team has a bit of unearned arrogance

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 16, 2017 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #39

    @Jail – louder than Brentford!
    Was at Burton too, opposite end of the ground to away fans but still could hear Newcastle over burton fans.
    Amazingly Burton fans were annoyed their stadium was full and were arguing with each other about where each other were 3 years ago when they were 3 leagues below… most surreal thing I’ve listened to! They were actually annoyed the ground was full….

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 16, 2017 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #40

    To paraphrase nufc.com:-

    Should Shelvey and Murphy be risked on Wednesday?

    Diame, Mbemba and Atsu are on international duty.

    Mitrovic, Gamez, Aarons, Gayle, Hayden, Anita and possibly Gouffran are injured.

    Ameobi and Sterry are ineligible to play.

    Serious implications for Rafa Bingo!

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