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Hughton vows to batter Swans, but Sho will probably be a no-sho.

November 26th, 2009 | 40 Comments |

Sho or no-sho on Satda?
Sho or no-sho on Satda?
Newcastle United’s usually mild mannered supremo, Chris Hughton, has come out with some fighting talk in the run up to Toon’s home clash with Swansea City on Saturday. In the interview, he spoke of Swansea’s fine defensive record this season (second only to Hughton’s own), and vowed to go in with all guns blazing in an attempt to break down their defensive fortress. Speaking to the Sand Dancer’s Gazette, he roared:

“Their record speaks for itself, they’re a tough team with a good shape, and they’re difficult to play against.

“We’re the home side, and we’ve got to force the issue. We can’t afford to take them lightly – they are where they are on merit.

“They’ve played some good teams, and come up trumps with some good results. We’ve got to make sure we’re on our game.”

Meanwhile, on the return of Fenham hitman, Shola Ameobi, Hughton told the club’s official website:

“We’ll make our mind up over the next couple of days but we’re fortunate that we’re on a good run at the moment and there’s not that pressure to bring him back.” adding: (more…)

You’re not a loan? Hughton – “I don’t really expect to bring anybody in”.

November 25th, 2009 | 42 Comments |

Jus' chillin'?
Jus' chillin'?
Chris Hughton has admitted that he is pretty laidback as the hour approaches and the ‘temporary loan signing’ window shuts at 5pm tomorrow night until February.
It has long been reported that Leon Cort has been on Hughton’s radar but Hughton has been telling the Chronicle that he’s not in any rush to sign players just for the sake of it:

“You never know, but realistically looking at the squad I don’t really expect to bring anybody in during the next month or so.

“Of course, all sorts of things can happen in the next 24 hours, and phone calls will be made on Thursday with players potentially becoming available.

“Some clubs might make a decision that some of the players who weren’t available earlier in the season are now there for loans. But we’ll see.” (more…)

The aftermath – Hughton counts cost of Deepdale encounter.

November 24th, 2009 | 41 Comments |

Ryan Taylor: Calf.
Ryan Taylor: Calf.
Newcastle United manager, Chris Hughton, was left counting the cost of Toon’s emphatic 1-0 trouncing of Preston at Deepdale yesterday evening, where a 74th minute strike by Kevin Nolan helped to keep the lads at the top of the table.

Talking to NUFC TV, he assessed the bodycount:

“The first problem was that Ryan Taylor felt his calf in the warm up and we had to pull him out” the Cockney Colossus moaned.

Moving on to casualty number two, striker, Andy Carroll, Hughton went on:

“Andy had been feeling unwell all day and probably had no right to play.

“But this lad is a tough individual and when asked the question he wanted to play.

“We probably got alot longer than we thought out of him and he gave everything he had.” (more…)

Toon go top thanks to balls, brilliance and best of luck.

November 2nd, 2009 | 51 Comments |

Sharp as a Blade tonight!
Sharp as a Blade tonight!
Once again, Newcastle United managed to leave us feeling slightly underwhelmed, and yet still went top of the league after taking all three points at Bramall Lane. The fact that we managed to grind out a 1-0 win against the red and white half of Sheffield was largely down to luck at their end, resilience at our’s and some brilliance from Stevie Harper.

After a fairly forgettable first half, in which Sheffield looked probably the more organised and potent force (though I use that term lightly). This despite their having several absences while we had generally a strong squad to pick from, though Hughton again left me scratching my head with his decisions. Not for the first time this season, the opposition seemed to move the ball sharper than us an didn’t look out of ideas once they crossed the halfway line. But for all their endeavour, the score remained 0-0 at half-time.

Newcastle came out and were the better side at the start of the second half and though there should have been a foul awarded as Kevin Nolan robbed Walker, Ryan Taylor nonetheless took full advantage and our second slice of luck was about to occur as his shot from 25 yards took a wicked deflection of Morgan, with Ian Bennett rooted to the spot in the Sheffield goal, the ball nestled into the far corner.

Sheffield threw everything but the kitchen sink at us in the dying minutes but we held on strongly due to resolute defending and some heroics in the goal from Harper. (more…)

Newcastle’s last line of defence!

October 26th, 2009 | 45 Comments |

Have we been nicking Premiership balls?
Have we been nicking Premiership balls?
Just how much can you discuss the same thing, day after day? Well to be fair, we’ve given it a good go but rather than rant on about the off-field stuff, I thought it might be time to reflect on the on-field matters at Newcastle United.

We’re almost a third of the way through our new season in The Championship and surely the players at our disposal must be half-decent seeing as we’re sitting pretty at the top of the table?

Clearly, some of us have different ideas about the quality in our squad and argue that our position is as much to do with luck and the lack of opposition. I’d probably agree with some of that but you can only beat what’s in front of you (to coin a well-worn cliche). Mind you, we could be here all night talking about the entire squad, so I’ll split it out a little.

For what it’s worth here’s my own term review of the the keepers and defenders. I’ve only included the lads who have played at least a couple of games so far – (more…)