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Blackpool Game Could Be A Slippery Slope

Chris Hughton has warned that it will not be an easy game against a stubborn and determined Blackpool side, at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.

Chris Hughton – Blackpool will not be easy

Ian Holloway will be trying to have Blackpool be the first side to win at St. James Park for over 15 months on Saturday afternoon.

Of course after Newcastle thrashed Aston Villa 6-0 in their first home game of the season, Newcastle fans will be wanting to see another big win on Saturday, but that’s not always how football works.

And Chris Hughton is well aware that Blackpool can make it very difficult for his Newcastle side in this game.

Hughton has rightly warned his players not to underestimate Holloway’s  side, who have actually looked quite good in the Premier League in a couple of their league games, where they have made the other teams work so hard to get any breakthrough.

Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“What we’ve tried to do over a period of time is manage the expectations and that is the case against Blackpool.”  “We’re talking about a Blackpool side that went to Wigan and scored four goals.”

“So if that is a reminder to anybody that it’s not going to be easy then so be it.”  “They are a team on the same points as us and they have started the season equally to us.”

“And when you look at the table and see some teams have yet to get off the mark, that shows how well they’ve done.”  “We can be confident but it’s important to look at getting a victory, whatever way that comes, than how many we’re going to score.”

“It’s a very competitive division but I think everyone is realistic.”  “There is a top-eight section in the league and, over a 38-game period, those teams that have consistently finished in it in the last few seasons will be there or thereabouts.”

One of Chris Hughton’s top management traits is his ability to get his team ready for every single match, and it’s hard to remember when a Newcastle side ever went into a game over-confident, when Chris Hughton has been the manager.

The Blackpool fixture is exactly the type of game that the less professional teams will slip up on – if they go into the game expecting to win big.

Blackpool have indeed made a good start to the season, and it will by no means be an easy game, and the lads will be told that continually by the manager before they take the field at 3:00 pm on Saturday afternoon in front of an expected sell-out crowd.

But if Newcastle can get off to a good start, and say an early goal, there’s every chance we will end up with all 3 points – and that’s what we are after with this game – and nothing less.

But there will be no under-estimating of any team by Newcastle, while Chris Hughton is in charge on Tyneside, and that has to be good.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • BeeGuy

    Sep 9, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #1

    No doubt the Pool will be resolute start to finish, as this must be a game where they would plan on getting a point or three. They have a brutal schedule upcoming, so this is an important chance for them. NUFC have the physical edge over the Beach Bums, and a crowd in their corner, and this is a game where NUFC will be pushing for three. Unless odd bounces or decisions intervene, NUFC should prevail.

  • Toonboy_84

    Sep 9, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #2

    I might be getting ahead of myself but these sort of games should be almost dead cert 3 pointers. If not then we don’t deserve to be in the league in my opinion.

  • austoon

    Sep 9, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #3

    dude. we were the only win derby county (the worst epl side in history) had in their entire campaign. so i wouldn’t underestimate blackpool. anything can happen. “cough cough man city v wigan”

  • derekm

    Sep 9, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #4

    toonboy – could’nt agree more. The old NUFC would slip up against these types of opposition – if we really have come back up as a genuine prem team this game should be no bother. As for the pool, well they talked the talk a lot last year before they came and were wiped all over the place! I think we have too many goals in the locker for most visitors to St James this year

  • Davies

    Sep 9, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Glad the players aren’t as cocky as some of the support section. Every team in this leagus is here on merit. There are no games that we SHOULD win and no opponent can be taken for granted.

    I want three points as much as anyone else, but I wrote Blackpool off before we played them first time last season and have learned to be cautious.

    Probably best to just watch the match and skip the predictions.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 9, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Beeguy / austoon / Davies.

    Couldn’t agree more. This are no easy games home or away and our right flank & Harper’s near post look vulnerable as ever. We might well find ourselves one down very quickly if ‘pool decide to go for our soft parts – then discontent will set in – yawn.

    2-1 at best. 1-1 horribly likely if we don’t treat with more respect than folks on here think due.

  • Toonboy_84

    Sep 9, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #7

    You’re all right that there are no easy games (ahem…..Villa) lol. And it isn’t a god given right that we should beat anyone. But we should be looking at nothing less than a victory over Blackpool. We beat them 4-1 last season. Both teams have strengthened but who do you think has strengthened the most? Even if we are struggling in the latter stages of the game then we should have enough fire power on the bench to see off Blackpool in our own back yard……Surely.

  • baro

    Sep 9, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #8

    We are going to easily beat them in my opinion. First half we will be up by 1 goal and second half we will win the game 3-0


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