Oba Martins was taken off in the second half yesterday and stand-in manager Chris Hughton was given some abuse by the Newcastle traveling fans at The Reebok.
Oba Martins – replaced by Viduka in second half
Chris talked about the abuse he received when he took off Oba yesterday:
“We were able to bring him on in the last game and he gave us a good 35 minutes.”
“It was right and fitting he start, but he’s been out and perhaps just lacked that little bit of sharpness, that’s why we took him off and brought Mark Viduka on.”
But the frustration of the fans was also caused by leaving Shola Ameobi on, since the local lad has looked less than good in the last couple of games, but Chris continually starts him, with better players in Mark Viduka and Andy Carroll being available now.
Those two are much more likely to score goals than Shola is, and we don’t seem to be putting out our strongest side out up front.
“I don’t see this as a catastrophic weekend for us. From now to the end of the season there’ll be weekends that go for us and weekends that go against us.”
“We’re on the back of three games that we haven’t lost. We’ve lost today, which is a bitter blow, but all we can do is look forward to the next game.”
“What can smack you in the face is if you look at the games you have to win. At the moment all our thoughts are on the home game against Man United.”
We don’t agree with Chris and think this was a catastrophic weekend for Newcastle, because we are 3 points closer to the relegation zone, following this weekend. And losing to another relegation side is the very last thing you want to do, if the team wants to survive in the league this season.
It’s all very well to be be positive, which is always good, but you also have to ensure you are realistic too.
And it comes after another game, at home to Everton, that we were looking to win against a weakened Everton side, and ended up with just one point.
Yes, in the end the one point was a decent one, but only because Kevin Nolan got himself sent off, but that doesn’t hide the fact we were hoping for all 3 points before the game.
It was a poor result for us yesterday, and we’ll need to go all out to get something out of Wednesday’s game, and another defeat then against The Red Devils, will bring further doom and gloom to Newcastle, that’s for sure.