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.