Chris Hughton seemed to be quite happy with the hard earned point the Newcastle side achieved this afternoon, after being reduced to 10 men just before half time.
Kevin Nolan – will now miss the next 3 games
Hughton spoke to Sky Sports after the game and said:
“To go down to 10 men and to come through the 90 or 93 minutes with Everton having limited opportunities, that’s testament for this group of lads.”
“We must go on and build on this.”
He also addressed the game’s main talking point, which was Kevin Nolan’s terrible tackle on Anichebe, just before half time.
At first it didn’t too bad a tackle but in slow motion replay, it showed Nolan jumping in with both feet and going over the top, and really it was a terrible challenge.
It pains us to say this, but it looked like the referee made the correct decision in sending Kevin off, and that was a severe blow to Newcastle’s chances of all 3 points, although up to that point Everton, although missing a lot of their players, were easily the better side.
Chris talked about the sending off:
“I didn’t think there was any intent or malice in the challenge. Kevin is very apologetic,”
“In the short period of time we have had him, we have seen what type of lad he is, and he is a very honest professional.”
“Kevin is a competitive player, as are players like Nicky Butt and Steven Taylor. And you expect competitive players to perform competitively.”
“It wasn’t the best of tackles but our impression was that it was poorly timed, not malicious, no intent – and he has apologized to David [Moyes, Everton manager] and the lad.”
Kevin will miss the games at Bolton, the home game against World Club Champions Manchester United, and the away game at Hull City.
We have to hope that Danny Guthrie can return, at least for the Manchester United game, but Alan Smith may be given his chance next Sunday at Bolton, and Alan looked lively when he came on today, for his very first appearance of the season.
He got a good reception from the home crowd of just under 48,000, and he seemed to appreciate that with his play.
Newcastle did not play well today, but showed fight and determination in the second half, when reduced to 10 men, to at least get something out of the game, and that was the positive thing this afternoon.
It was hardly a good game to watch, but that’s always a little irrelevant when you are fighting for survival.