Hughton Confident Of Win – But Then Nolan Was Sent Off

The club’s acting manager Chris Hughton was really hoping for Newcastle’s first win of the year yesterday, but he had to make do with Newcastle’s first clean sheet in the league for two months, once Kevin Nolan got his marching orders after 44 minutes.


Chris Hughton – hoping for all 3 points yesterday

But Chris was still upbeat this morning when he told the Shields Gazette:

“It was good for our confidence,” “There are numerous ways to get something out of a performance. One is by having a wonderful footballing performance, when you score goals and lift anybody.”

“You can also do that with a real battling performance, and that was a real, battling team effort. They can all take something from it.”

“If you looked at the way Everton played, it was difficult for us.” “When you’re playing against a team with 10 men, you’ve got to get a lot of crosses in, which they did do.”

“We dealt with that very well. They hit a lot of diagonal balls, which I felt we dealt with very well.” “They’ve also got to try and get behind us, and in all of those aspects defensively.”

“I thought we did very well.”

We could have even got all 3 points yesterday with all 11 men on the field in the second half, but we’ll never know how we would have done now – we can just speculate – which is a bit of a waste of time.

We were less than impressive in the first 45 minutes and Everton, even with a depleted team, were the better side.

But as soon as Nolan was sent off the possibility of 3 points seemed to completely go out of the window, and it took us all we had to bravely hang on for the draw and the solitary point.

Chris continued:

“We were in confident mood going into the game.”  “Although it was against very good opposition, given the fact that we were at home, we were very confident of getting a win.”

“But once you go down to 10 men against this type of opposition, it then changes.”

“At that stage, if you’d said to any of us would we have accepted a draw, then we would have done.”

That is so true, that most Newcastle fans would have been very happy with a draw at half time.

And we at least got something out of this game, and it was one more point than WBA and Blackburn got over the weekend, and they are both below us in the league.

In fact only Bolton and Fulham gained on us over the weekend by getting wins, of those teams near us in the relegation zone.

And we can take care of Bolton next Sunday. 😀

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

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

    Feb 23, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Could have won the match if Lovenkrands put the ball into the net.

  • Kash

    Feb 23, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #2

    I don’t know how he was confident, because we never looked like we were going to try and keep posession or even get it into the forwards feet!

    If we had Nolan on the pitch, I still think it would have been a drawer!

  • Dragonera

    Feb 23, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #3

    I think with Nolan on we could have won. then again, we could have won whether he was on the pitch or not. the only bad thing about Nolan getting sent off was the fact that it made our team think more negatively. Before he was sent packing we were well on top for around 20mins and were getting closer and closer to their goal. Everton are a side that will never know how to exploit being a man up because they don’t play possession football well.

  • RichY

    Feb 23, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #4

    i was confident of the win until KO.

  • Mikeflame

    Feb 23, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #5

    It was Jonas and Martins that gave us a bit of life! Dont know why Lovenkrands is getting so much stick, he only had 1 chance and yeah it was a poor shot but Owen has missed many many more sitters this season!

    Enrique was great, really starting to like this lad and it just proves how giving a player a chance pays off…next lets work on Xisco

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 23, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Mikeflame – agreed re Loven and MO. I said that in earlier posts.

    I wrote this game of ages ago so 1 point is a bonus.

    Not sure re Bolton and defo nowt out of Man Utd. Will enjoy the craic and singing though!

  • Whumpie

    Feb 23, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Agree about Enrique – several fantastic tackles, but also lots of skill where he kept his head and got the ball out without just hoofing it to opposition.

    As for Bassong. How is he so good so young??

  • RyanToon

    Feb 23, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #8

    just noticed on me bolton ticket is says you HAVE to reamin seated! well evertime ive been to away games we stand, ive never been to the reebok, are they that fussy?

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 23, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Ryantoon – not sure if you got my prev post – at SJP yesterday they were handing out official notice saying if you stand you can be ejected and banned from the stadium.

    Bunch of t*****s.

  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Feb 23, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #10

    What the f*** was Nolan thinking anyway? We’re in a scrap down the bottom and he goes and does that!

    I just cannot get my head around some peoples way of thinking at all, it’s almost like they do these things on purpose..

  • haydn4newcastle

    Feb 23, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #11

    ‘The club’s acting manager Chris Hughton was really hoping for Newcastle’s first win of the year yesterday’
    Swear we beat West Brom
    anyway back to football maters we need to move on from these two points dropped and make sure we beat Bolton who are side we need to be beating

  • oba_9

    Feb 23, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #12

    ryan toon nah they arent strict at the reebok, said that on my ticket for the last 2 years there and they didnt make us sit down

  • Dan_Scott157

    Feb 23, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Read this from the scat munchers at the daily mail. Reckons Spurs will win most of their remaining games and that we will be relegated. An absolutey remarkable piece of work by such an insightful rag.

  • Dan_Scott157

    Feb 23, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #14

    I’ve been away for a month and since i’ve come back noticed theres much fewer people that are commenting on here. Your not all posting on Jade Goody forums are you?

  • Micky Toon

    Feb 23, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #15

    There’s a Jade Goody forum? See you later loosers…..

  • Micky Toon

    Feb 23, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Yeah, I’ve spelled losers wrong. What a loser.

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Dan got to laugh at that piece of muck they’ve written. I really like how they dont bother to tell us how Boro and Ull manage to arrest thier league free fall but3 points tonight at the KC will be, I think awkward to achieve.

  • Widowmaker

    Feb 23, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Don’t care about Spurs. But we really need to play a lot better than we had yesterday or we all know what could happen.

  • ben-nufc

    Feb 23, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #19

    my tickets havent arrieved yet 🙁

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 23, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #20


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