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Hughton Admits A Huge Relief In The Newcastle Camp

Newcastle looked hopeless in the first half yesterday, and gave away a gift goal after just 11 minutes to bottom-placed Peterborough, before they woke up in the second half following the introduction of  Wayne Routledge  and looked more the part.

Joey Barton – celebrating with Colin Calderwood after his goal

And manager Chris Hughton has admitted there’s some relief in the squad now that promotion has been achieved, even if it’s still mathematically possible if Nottingham Forest win their last 5 games by massive amounts and Newcastle lose their last 6 games – which is all nonsense of course.

Chris said after the game:

“There’s a sense of relief in the dressing room and I also think a bit of anticipation.”“It will be fitting to do it in front of our own fans. A lot of people would like to do it at St James’ Park.”

“To have had the outstanding support that we have had, we just all hope we can finish off the job.”

Newcastle finally got into the game immediately after half time, but that wasn’t before the completely ineffective Fabrice Pancrate was replaced by the energetic  Wayne Routledge to add some thrust down the wing.

It doesn’t  look good for Pancrate to get a new contract this summer because he’s just too inconsistent and unreliable, and he blew a major opportunity yesterday.

Kevin Nolan had equalized just before half time and Newcastle got two goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half with a great free-kick from Joey Barton and a 10th goal in 10 starts from Shola Ameobi, who looks once again in terrific goal-scoring form.

Barton looked what he was in the first half – a player who hadn’t played since last September – but he got into his rhythm in the second half and was too much for Peterborough, even though the defense leaked another goal after 76 minutes to Liam Dickinson.

We cannot start so slowly in games next season, because we’ll be punished severely.

Chris said he was only concentrating on the game yesterday and had no idea how Nottingham Forest were faring at Bristol City:

“I didn’t know what was going on at Bristol, but I was aware a pocket of our supporters looked in joyful mood at one point,”

“But both we just had to concentrate on our job, which was challenging enough today.” “It was a very difficult pitch, and they dealt with it better than us in the first half today.”

“But although we let them have too much possession, they didn’t threaten us too often, and the fact that we were able to get the goal just before half time made a big difference.”

“I told them at half-time that we needed to press the ball more and be a threat more in the final third.” “After how things went early on, there’s a big relief that we go the result today – it was a game which could have gone either way.”

“But all season we have shown our resilience, and we did it again here.” “Now it’s in our hands back at St James’, which might put a couple of thousand extra on the gate, and we are all looking forward to that.”

Peterborough boss Jim Gannon is the first to say that Newcastle will need to strengthen significantly in the summer, if they are to hold their own in England’s top league next season.

After the game Jim said:

“Everyone knows how hard it is for teams to go up,” “So I’m sure Newcastle are making contingencies for strengthening Chris’ options this summer.”

“I’m sure they will learn lessons from when they were last there, and in a manger like Chris, they have stability.”

We’re sure Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, in communication with chief scout Graham Carr, know who their targets are already, and it wouldn’t surprise us if Newcastle sign their first new player before May is out.

Howay The Lads!!

19 comments so far

  • alan shearer

    Apr 4, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #1

    We’re sure Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, in communication with chief scout Graham Carr, know who their targets are already, and it wouldn’t surprise us if Newcastle sign their first new player before May is out.

    so this means we can sign players now?..i thought the transfer window is closeD?

  • MarkO

    Apr 4, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #2

    We need clarity on the manager and owner front before we can even think about rebuilding for next season. Ashley should come out with a statement, makeing it clear that Chris has 100 percent of his backing, also he should signify what our aim is for next season back in the premiership(i.e to stay in it). With this we can then forget all the off field issues and concentrate on improveing the squad for the start of next season because it deffinetly needs improveing if we are going to stay up.

    What i would like to see is this:
    Butt (retire)
    Hall(don’t extend his loan)
    Best(hasn’t done enough to warrant a place next season even though i think he’ll be here)
    Pancrate(no need to renew his contract)
    Xisco(yes he is still at Newcastle, sell him on and make abit of money)

    Loan out:
    Forster(back to Norwich, hopefully in the championship)
    Lua Lua(let him have one more season on loan to see if he can make a name for himself)
    Tozer(benefit from more regular playing time)

    To bring in:
    Patrick Helmes: Bayer Leverkusen striker, who has a great eye for the goal, would cost a large sum of our available funds, but we need a top striker to have a chance of staying up

    Jamie O’Hara: Has been Portsmouth’s stand out player this season leading them through everything, not wanted by Harry Redknapp anymore and would slot nicely into our centre midfield, great worker and he wouldn’t cost the world either

    Gaël Kakuta(LOAN): Would really offer something for us has immense skill, could come off from the bench in last 20 minutes and change a game, bring him in on Loan until January if it works out make it last for the rest of the season

    Patrick van Aanholt(LOAN): Proved in January and Feb that he is capeable for us, and would be a perfect backup for Enrique if he got injured, a full season loan would work well for every party

    George Boateng: (Only if Hull go down), yes he isn’t the young player, but has wealth of experience and is a real fighter, wouldn’t be in the first choice team, but when injuries occured would be a great backup and a fighter for those tricky away days

    Ander Herrera: i really think that this guy could become our midfield maestro for years to come has immense talent and skill and can really sink a killer pass

  • bakerman

    Apr 4, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #3

    I disagree about Ashley coming out with a statement of intent. Strategically, there are 2 major flaws in doing that:
    1. It creates expectation amongst fans which if not fulfulled leads to mayhem and overall unhappiness – NOT WANTED ANYMORE
    2. It confirms to selling clubs that Hughton has money to spare, meaning they would demand higher sums for their players.

    And so, NO, I would like the club to work as it has over the last season – quietly and behind the scenes…no press announcements, just savvy decision-making. Leave ppl like that unwashed b!@tch Louise Taylor to sit and speculate all they want. In the end, we will have the last laugh

  • nufc2009

    Apr 4, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #4
  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 4, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #5

    MarkO I also disagree with the Aanholt idea, players are loaned out by clubs to get them playing time somewhere else so Chelski will expect him to get plenty playing time but your talking back up to Enrique which on Jose’s form this season would not give Aanholt a lot of game time. So that might be just a dead end.

  • alan shearer

    Apr 4, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #6

    i think top 2 free transfers are kris boyd and cacau..
    as for midfielders..buy jamie o hara.
    loan out ranger and sell best.

  • alan shearer

    Apr 4, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #7

    i tink we should not think of buying a left back..we have tamas kadar and i dont want to see him go.
    as for rightback..we nid a more experienced one than danny. danny can only be used for weaker teams..
    perhaps ferreira?from chelsea?hutton?luke young?

  • alan shearer

    Apr 4, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #8

    back line
    rb: simpson/experienced one as mentioned above)/steven taylor (emergency)
    cb: mike/stevie/colo/tamas(emergency)
    lb: jose/tamas/simpson(emergency)

  • alan shearer

    Apr 4, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #9

    rangers need to be loaned out. sell xisco and best. if we can get boyd and cacau, sell away shola as well.so we have 4 strikers of different abilities.
    peter: intelligent running
    andy: aerial ability
    boyd: goal poacher
    cacau: pace
    this is what we are lacking many a times.
    we may even played 4-3-3 formation

    buy a playmaker ..an attacking midfielder. so we can have different dimensions to complement jonas and wayne.
    buy another winger as backup.jamie is a good idea for both central midfield and winger.

    as for central berth. i think can keep nolan for away match?.must keep danny guthrie and barton.
    sell smith cos he is past it. no goalscoring skills anymore. his tackling is worrying..left that to barton i thought.
    butt retires.
    lualua is not cut for this division. buy DM instead?..didier zokora?skeijbred( we have been keeping tabs on him for a long time.he looks good)
    occasionally give the youngsters a chance like harris, phil airey…so i think we need less than 20 mil.

    2 strikers( free transfers)
    1 playmaker/attacking midfielder
    1 DM
    1 RB
    chip in with some youngsters. and i think we can finish mid table eg. 12th-13th.

    as for fringer players like ryan taylor..he can be kept as he is versatile.and he is dead ball specialist.no harm anyway.

    pancake go away.
    fitz hall past his time.

    ..what you guys think.
    adding only 5 players is enough. not more or not less.
    not many will affect the morale and spirit.
    less will affect its quality.

    as for kevin doyle ..i personally think he can be hindrance for defence..but i tink he does not score enough goals and our own andy carroll can caused same problems.

    other options to consider(with pl experience): cisse?

    look overseas? germany/dutch /french league i find more adaptable to eng football as compared to la liga league..dont you all agree?


    Apr 4, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Dont think we need another right back alan,think we might have got all our defenders in January.If i were to go for another defender it would probably be perch from forest as he can play any were along the back and can also play in midfield.Maybe there is something on the cards for the boy from chelsea van aanholt, but if we were to get him i think it would have to be a permanent move.Think our main changes are going to be to the midfield area,think butt,smith and pancrate will be gone in the summer,so there is 3 midfielders we need to start.Think we also need a very pacey player up front to give loverboy some competition.For me that player would be agbonlahor from aston villa.

  • Sav

    Apr 4, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Thetrouble with wanting Ashley to ‘come out with a statement’, that he isn’t for selling the club, is that nobody believes him or Llambias anymore.
    Do you?
    And if Ashley said ‘I’m staying with this club and we’re going to build for the future’ do you not reckon if someone came along and offered his asking price he’d be gone in a blink?

    That is the problem with this pair now.

    – Nobody on Tyneside trusts either of them.

  • balubas1

    Apr 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #12

    MarkO.. I think you have got it all wrong.. bakerman: youve got it all right.

    NUFC should stay away from all kinds of PR stunts now.. And personally I find MA better as owner when he keeps his mouth shut.
    let the scouts do their job and sign players without any fuzz.

    OFF TOPIC question for all you guys:
    What is your opinion of Mike Ashley now? There was alot of mess earlier and a great campaign to make him leave the club. He actually respected the fans wish, and tried to sell the club, but the market isn’t to great at the moment. He still goes to the games, wearing the colours even though he has been verbally battered by the fans. He also seems to have financial control in the club. So… What is your opinion?

  • alan shearer

    Apr 6, 2010 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Zoran Tosic.a target?

  • alan shearer

    Apr 7, 2010 at 4:43 AM

    Comment #14

    nufc reportedly handed 15mil transfer funds. while we should no thinking of having big name signings.but we need to make shrewd transfers which is not easy like wayne and mike..
    so we need to target free transfers i think..like kris boyd and cacau..hope their wages are within our budget..
    jamie ohara for around 3 mil..skjeibred 5 mil…loan youngsters..etc

  • alan shearer

    Apr 7, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #15

    should we try 4mil for Salomon Kalou.?
    1-2 mil for stephen appiah?

  • alan shearer

    Apr 8, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #16

    how about albert reira from liverpool and robbie keane from spurs?
    instead of hutton, i think we can go for julien faubert.

  • alan shearer

    Apr 8, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #17

    nigel reo coker?

  • alan shearer

    Apr 8, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #18

    tony hibbert for rb position..?he lost 1st team place to phil recently.

  • alan shearer

    Apr 10, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #19

    if possible gary neville?..i think he’s solide despite his age…or anderson/..guess too expensive..diouf loan?


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