The Newcastle squad returned to training this morning in earnest, ready for what’s turning out to be a big battle for points against Wigan Athletic at home on Saturday afternoon.
Chris Hughton – how do you do this again?
Wigan have 8 points, one more than Newcastle after the first 7 league games, so Newcastle can leap-frog the Lancashire club with a win on Saturday.
The focus now is to concentrate totally on how to win against Wigan, and the Eastlands loss, however tough it was with the loss of the so talented Hatem Ben Arfa, , is now past and gone – and the players have to learn what they can from the game – and then forget about it.
Chris Hughton was speaking to Newcastle United TV this afternoon, and seemed sure his team would bounce back on Saturday:
“We have to bounce back – and we will do that.” “We have a spirited group of players and we certainly didn’t shame ourselves against Manchester City, with a performance that saw them struggle a little bit against us.”
“We had some great attacking moves, but didn’t perhaps have that quality in and around the box that we wanted.” “But we’ll certainly bounce back.”
A win against Wigan is just what the doctor ordered, and the lads must start to make St. James’ Park into a venue where the lads can get some wins, and pick up most of their points this season.
We also have to hope the crowd is bigger than the 41,915 that turned up for the last home game, when we lost 2-1 to Stoke.
We’re not sure if the crowd is low because of disappointments with the results so far, the way the lads are playing, or that the economy has tanked and money is short. Maybe it’s all three.
But there’s room for another 10,000 fans, and we have to hope that Newcastle will go all out and attack the Wigan side, whether Chris starts a 4-5-1 formation or not.
Chris will probably start 4-5-1 again, but a more attacking 4-4-2 could see both of our big local lads, Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi up front, and surely the two of them could cause the Wigan defense all kinds of problems in the air – and on the ground.
A good win on Saturday is what we need, and that will help no doubt help raise the spirits again on Tyneside, after two successive and rather unlucky defeats in the league.