Central midfield is an area of the team that Joe Kinnear will look to strengthen, as well as left back, when the January transfer window opens in 24 days time.
Chris Hughton discussing things with Joe Kinnear
Chris Hugton talked about our central midfield strength today:
“Central midfield is an area that we do need to strengthen,” “I think Geremi did well in there first half but apart from him, who can also play wide, we have Nicky Butt, Danny Guthrie and Joey Barton. Today in the second half we had three of the three out.”
Wonder why Chris didn’t mention Ignacio Gonzalez, who is our 4th central midfielder, who has an injured Achilles and is out until March.
That’s one reason we are short in central midfield because Joey Barton and Ignacio Gonzalez, who has hardly played at all since his arrival on loan from Valencia, are both long term injury victims.
And because of the lack of central midfielders we let ourselves down badly in the second half on Saturday, again conceding an injury time equalizer, and we can only imagine what the Newcastle dressing room was like after the game.
“Sometimes when you come to changing room in situations like this and you are bitterly disappointed, sometimes you don’t have to say too much, the players know themselves. They’re very aware, very angry and disappointed.”
“I would put us in the same group as seven or eight teams at the moment, striving to pull clear of the bottom three. We’re not doing it because we’re not winning enough games. But there is a confidence we can get the two or three wins on the bounce which will take us away from the bottom.”
It was a disappointing result on Saturday to say the least.
We saw the best of Newcastle in the first half and things were buzzing at half time when we were 2-0 up. But then we saw the worst in the second half, when we so weakly succombed to a poor Stoke City side.
We should have kept attacking in the second half, that’s where the tactics were woefully inadequate.
We’re dropping far too many points at home for comfort though, that’s for sure.