Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

In-Form Hughes Aims to Make It a Happy Valley

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

In-Form Hughes Aims to Make It a Happy Valley

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Byline: By Alan Oliver

Aaron Hughes heads down to The Valley on Saturday knowing that his form is on the up and up for Newcastle United (writes Alan Oliver).

This is something which has been recognised and has delighted Sir Bobby Robson as United head south tomorrow knowing that they have only suffered one defeat in their last 10 Premiership outings - that 5-0 drubbing by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on their last trip to London.

And Hughes has played his full part in this run after learning from his mistakes against Chelsea.

Sir Bobby said today: "At Chelsea, Aaron did not get close to his man and get any tackles in, and he had a frustrating afternoon.

"But he has done well since then because he knows that he is now fighting for his place. He was our best defender against Wolves and, after he had to go off at half-time against Liverpool, he knew he had to give a good performance against Spurs and he did just that."

It was not lost on Hughes - the current Northern Ireland skipper - that his opposite number on Saturday was Spurs' right- back Stephen Carr, who just happens to be captain of the Republic of Ireland. …

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