Officials Cost Us The Game – Absolute Rubbish!

Chris Hughton again took the press conference following the game yesterday, probably because manager Joe Kinnear was still so livid with Stoke’s equalizer in the 91st minute.

Chris Hughton – Joe upset about linesman decision

Hughton talked after the game about why Joe had been banned form the touchline just before the end of the game:

“I think it was for perceived comments, but from where I was, I certainly didn’t hear anything.”  “That’s what I think it was for. Joe’s okay, he is fine.”

“He just felt that every now and again it is not a bad idea to have a little change of voice.”  “One thing I can tell you is that it’s a very, very emotional game, certainly at that stage of the game.”

The linesman had given a decision some four minutes before that, which having seen it again, is exactly the same as our thoughts were at the time – that it wasn’t a free-kick.

“It was an old-fashioned shoulder charge, both players competing for the ball, and the free-kick was given.” “Some four minutes later, he give another free-kick in a similar position which again we felt wasn’t a free-kick.”

“To be fair to the lad Fuller, he never tried to make a meal of it, he was on his feet, he had control of the ball.” “As I say, it is an emotional game particularly against a team who thrive on set-plays and free-kicks.”

“We would certainly look at it as two points lost, one, because we were winning the game reasonably comfortably at half-time, and the fact that it is a home game.”

Yes Chris, but we don’t believe it – pull the other leg, it’s got bells on it.

The game was lost because of pathetic defending from the Newcastle defense, following the resultant free kick by Glenn Whealen on 91 minutes.

Let’s tell it like it is, our second half performance, where we yielded the initiative completely to Stoke City, was the reason we lost 2 vital points. It should never have happened, but it did, and it was our fault.  You get what you play for.

Fortune favors the brave, and we weren’t brave enough, at least not yesterday.

18 comments so far

  • wigaz

    Dec 7, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Eh no Chris! our crap team & cluless management cost us the game!

  • Spyro

    Dec 7, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #2

    There is no point going on about this now, yes we threw away points for the second consecutive time at home, but we cant change it now so lets just move on.

  • Tore Torell

    Dec 7, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope Ashley sells the club ASAP, and a proper manager comes in. Kinnear is a joke, he is making the club look really bad with his bad behaviour.

    Sven will be fired soon from his job at the Mexican National team, when he’s free we should hire him.

  • Spyro

    Dec 7, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Boro are trying to sign Vanden Borre :O

  • Keith

    Dec 7, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #6

    i have to admit i dont know what to make of it all, yes we were poor in the second half but i dont think it was all down to us, stoke did up their game and they are effective in what they do. But even saying that we should of got 3 points yesterday , and ill admit i was up to yesterday i was convinced we would finsh top 10 and the give joe a 3 year contract, but now i really dont know, i still think we can and will finish higher up the table than we are now but im starting to change my mind on jfk

  • Kinnear Is Ashley's Rent Boy (DanToon)

    Dec 7, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Not kiddin’ anyone here Chris, you know Kinnear cost us the game coz he’s a idiot (and a coward) when it comes to tactics!

  • Shot Bru!

    Dec 7, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #8

    On another point i’ve just read in the papers that Richard Money is the favourite to take over at Swindon. That’s a bit of a disaster as he was doing a fine job with the youth teams. More changes yet again.

  • martyboy

    Dec 7, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #9

    injuries cost us massivly, we had no central midfielders fit to play at all once guthrie went off

    we had three wingers and a rightback playing in midfield

    we lost all shape and when stoke, we panicked.

    a left back and a central midielder MUST be signed in januar

  • ObaMartins

    Dec 7, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Joke Kinnear was the reason we let slipp another 2pts…as i have said before he should be arressted for impersenating a Football Manager >>>why do you think he had been out of the Game so long ? why do you think he got the job at Newcastle ?? because he was the ONLY in desperate enought to work for Pukka Pies aka Ashley…..

  • ObaMartins

    Dec 7, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Its allright sitting on here saying we Need this we need that in January, ITS been known what we NEED since the End of last season if Not before, What we need most of all is a NEW OWNER…!!!!!Championship here we COME….

  • Keith

    Dec 7, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #12

    now oba i think your slightly been ott there, you say joe kinner is a joke of a manager but how many times have you won manager of the year?

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 7, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Just depressing,
    we could easily go down..teams around us are fighting we aint.

    Throwing away a two goal lead at home to stoke shows how far backwards as a club we have gone.


  • Len

    Dec 7, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #14

    “You get what you play for” – I like that, very good.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 7, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Why were stoke given that free-kick that garnered their equalizer?..
    …Yet another Bad decision by the refs!..

  • Honorary Geordie

    Dec 7, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #16

    I do not dislike “Joke in ‘ere”, and in fact think he had us playing well in the first half, and has done a pretty good job since he took over.
    However, he had a mare yesterday! We were 2-0 up against a pretty poor team, and Joe had the chance to push on and play for the win. Taylor should not have come on at half time, Beye should not have been playing right mid, Oba should not have been taken off at all, Cacapa should not have come on in centre mid.
    If Joe had looked at the situation, he should have seen that our strengths were the combination play of Enrique, N’zog and Martins down the left, the passing ability of Geremi in the middle, and the threat of N’zog, Jonas and Martins running with the ball. Joe’s sub should have been to bring on Viduka for Guthrie and play the 4-3-3 that we saw work so well last season. This would have allowed us to have 5 in midfield when we were defending and 5 in attack when attacking. Instead he removed our back four, played 2 attackers that cannot impact a game other than goals(which require good service) and destroyed our impressive combination down the left. Joe has to play to our strengths, and these change depending who we are playing. Yesterday our strengths were the fact that Stoke couldn’t tackle our dribblers or deal with our pace, so he should have found a way to release Martins Zog and Jonas whilst solidifying our defense.

    Beye Colo(Taylor) Bass Enrique
    Jonas Geremi(Colo) Nzog
    Viduka Martins

    When Viduka was being brought on I thought there was only one option, and that was to take Beye off and either play the 4-3-3 or play Owen in centre mid or play Oba right wing. I was flabbergasted by the decision to take oba off and at that minute thought we would actually go on to lose, thank god stoke are rubbish and we could draw.

    Joe, learn from our mistakes, yet also learn from our successes. Our 4-4-2 worked really well when we had the right players in it, yet last year 4-3-3 worked because we had to find a way to accommodate all three strikers in order to protect the fact that we are seriously short in the middle.

    Please learn, and use tactical variety in order to play to our strengths rather than trying to force players into the standard 4-4-2!

    Rant over, howay the lads lets just take 12 points from the next 4 games and we’ll be flying!

  • NUFC7

    Dec 7, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #17

    JFK is a complete idiot.

    I Dont get ppl saying he’s done a good job at all.

    His Record Stands at

    Played 10 Won 2 Drawn 6 Lost 2

    Simply not good enough.

    He came in vs Everton and we did well to come from 2-0 down to get a draw. Next Game Man City and at 2-1 we looked in control he then decides to sacrifice attack for defence something we’ve never been good at for a long while and it inevitably lost us 2 pts as they scored late and this theme has carried on weve looked good in 1st half then 2nd half we fall to bits too much sitting back playing cautious. Sunderland, Wigan, Fulham, Boro, Stoke. These are teams we should be beating 4pts from a possible 15. I doubt we’ll get relegated but itll be close.

    Owen went missing vs Stoke fair enough he scored 2 goals but where was he the rest of the match. Martins is out most dangerous Striker at the min and hes braught off for Viduka who is just too slow for the premiership.
    But its obvious JFK is doing everything to keep Owen happy to get his contract resigned when he should be foucsing on the team.

  • ginkoh

    Dec 8, 2008 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #18

    JK should accept that he’s totally wrong ! What the Stupid coward tactic !? put your skirt on the pitch next time.


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