Hughton Happy With Hard Earned Draw By Gallant Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 22, 2009 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Like the last sentence Ed. Very true.

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 22, 2009 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #2

    1st and second 🙂 – sorry couldnt resist.

  • Toronto_Toon

    Feb 22, 2009 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #3

    A good result with 10 men.

    We really needed to win this one though, so now we’ll need some results to go our way to keep the pressure from building on an inexperienced management team.

  • Toonmadtom

    Feb 22, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #4

    totally agree very boring match but that could be a crucial point for us, i just couldnt believe how shit ameobi is. he wasnts shot with a rifle full of horse shit. he needs to go, he is useless

  • chuck

    Feb 23, 2009 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #5

    It was awfull to watch from a spectator point of view, and where did you get that old worn out term gallant, thought that was only used when an England team got beat.
    It was what it was, a mistake prone game on both sides, against an injury plagued Everton side.
    The great Dane missed an opportunity that even Smith would have taken.
    Lucky to get a point and does not bode well for the rest of the season.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 23, 2009 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Chuck you’re a prat

  • lesh

    Feb 23, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Better one than none!

  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    Feb 23, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8

    I would be happy to see Cattermole being the victim of a two-footed tackle rather than Anichebe. WRONG GUY NOLAN~WRONG GUY!

  • Whumpie

    Feb 23, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Wow. Tough audience.

    Boring? Nope. Nerve-shredding? Definitely.

    There were some cracking performances in there. Bassong continues to amaze, Butt showed what experience and spirit can do even on old and burning legs. Enrique showed he can be a key defender as well as good going forward, and Harper made a save that Given would have been more than chuffed with.

    On the other hand…

    Stephen Taylor seemed to forget which end of the field he was supposed to be at (perhaps under orders?), our wingers and strikers just didn’t link up and Martins is clearly very short of practice.

    And a point against a team in a European spot, with 10 men, is something we’d have been very pleased with not long ago.

    “Newcastle defended well”. Nice ring to it.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 23, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Catermole did another one on Saturday. That guy should be taken out of the game altogether; he’s a thug.

  • Sav

    Feb 23, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Even though he’s ‘done’ 2 of ours this year, Cattermole played and won the ball. Is Nolan a thug? Because his was a shocker. LC is tough as teak and I don’t like it when one of ours gets hurt but I didn’t think he deserved sending off for any of them and suspect if he were in B&W we’d be thinking he was the new Batty.


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