Hughton Takes Abuse For Replacing Oba Martins


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.

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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.

Chris continued:

“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.

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112 comments so far

  • ginkoh

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m so sick with him. Hughton never blame himself for made the mistake. He’s bad assistance manager I ever seen.

    Now I know why Tottenham sack him because he’s waste !! And I really don’t know why we still stick with him !!

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  • DanToon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Watched the match yesterday, thats the first time i have had a shiver down my spine about relegation, shocking team!

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  • club insider

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Poor poor poor !

    Heaven help us on Wednesday! 🙁

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  • RichY

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Duke and Oba to start for me like.

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  • shearerbliss

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    I will now support Notts county! Just kidding but something has got to change very quickly if we are to stay in this leauge. HOW DID IT ALL GO SO WRONG!

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  • RichY

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6

    i can’t see chanting you don’t know what your doing is going to help us.
    we need to support the team and which ever manager is in place 100%.

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #7

    down with the baggies. your going down with the baggies.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Didnt big sam get sacked after the last time oba was taken off and the crowd were peeeed off. Well was a nail in the coffin anyway.

    Its a dire situation and we are truely in the sh*te!

    We are gonna get raped on wednesday (goals wise).

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  • ginkoh

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #9

    We deserved to be one of the three teams who have to relegation next season if we play like this.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Hey look everybody – Bennytoon is back.

    hello benny we have missed you.

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  • club insider

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11

    RichY,

    I agree with you, but what else you do when you get so frustrated and see mistake after mistake being made by the mangement !!

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  • club insider

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Bennytool,

    You are a total retard !!!

    Great to see spud loose yesterday too !!!!

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #13

    hi toon graeme. feeling a bit depressed after the cup final defeat but proud of the teams performane. reading the paper on the way to work and seeing newcastles position in the table cheered me a little. will be a shame when you get relegated as i enjoyed going to newcastle.

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  • DanToon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Spurs are no better off, so i don’t know what he’s on about, tit!

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  • Kash

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Martins was proper rubbish yesterday. Shola was amazingly dross!

    Our midfield didn’t have a clue on how to keep the ball. We were shown up by Bolton in terms of possession, and that is an absolute abolition!

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  • ELFER

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #16

    His comments clearly show that we desperately need a real manager!!

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #17

    ed there was NO chants aimed at hughton at all i went to the game.

    what happened was, most wanted ameobi off but he took martins off and people were fuming around (including me) there were no chants at hughton. we just sand the oba song when he went off

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #18

    dantoon- we have a game in hand and a better squad. We are miles better off

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  • richyg01

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Sure, Oba was just back from injury but we needed a goal, why not try 15-20 mins with Oba AND Duke.

    For me, when Butt came off I would have brought Duke on and played 3 upfront, AND brought Smith on to play in the middle, moving R.Taylor out onto the wing in place of Lovenkrands.

    Hughton has no idea on tactics or team selections.

    My team for Wednesday:

    ——————- Harps —————–

    — S.Taylor – Collo – Bass – Enrique —

    — R.Taylor – Smith – Love — Jonas —

    ————– Duke — Oba ————–

    Bench..
    Krul, Edgar, Lua Lua, Carroll, Geremi, Doninger

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  • coyote

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #20

    I was hoping spurs did what they did last season win the league cup and then hardly win another game all season!
    they failed to win the cup but lets hope they still don’t win any more games for the rest of the season.
    We need all the help we can get
    Most seasons you can say our fates in our own hands – if we win our home games we’ll be alright
    but we’ve got to be realistic our next 3 homes games are likely to be embarrassing especially when we can’t get a result from the teams around us

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #21

    Christ i am glad some of you dont go to the games…

    We can all sit here and say how hard the games are coming up, how we are looking really poor etc etc etc but the bottom line is we need to continue to back the lads…granted they didnt perfrom yesterday but on another day we would have got a result….Bolton were no where near better than ourselves….
    Confidence plays a massive part and being negative is hardly going to help….

    Some might say they are being realistic but the last time I looked there were TEN teams who were still very much in the fight to stay up…..
    Hardly adrift at the bottom now are we

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  • RichY

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #22

    there defo was a chant “you don’t know what your doing” you could hear that on Setanta.

    Unless that was the Bolton fans…?

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  • Graeme

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #23

    The replacement, replacement manager was not to blame for yesterdays fiasco. That lies squarely at the door of the owner who put profit before recruitment in the last 3 windows.

    It also lies with the inept bunch of players on the pitch who displayed no sence of urgency, no heart, no passion. Oba was a headless chicken most of the time, running every which way. He had no support from Bambi.

    The midfield was unable to control the ball, let alone control the centre areas or create clear openings for our would-be strike force. We looked a shambles.

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  • DanToon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #24

    bennytoon – As if you’ll win that game in hand, Your just as sh*t as us and you know it! Now go and get a job and stop robbing us of our taxes!

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  • cg

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #25

    I had rather seen duke with oba up front for a longer period of time. Duke can hold the ball and deliver, oba has the speed and agility.

    Shola has neither, just stumbles around and hope for some luck with the dice.

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #26

    Its quite amazing how a bloke who has played and been involved in the game at the highest level for the best part of 30 years, can be labelled by some as not knowing what he is doing….

    Granted the substitution may have seemed odd however there will have been a very good reason for it…possibly the fact the bloke has been out nearly 3 month being the major factor

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  • big boomer

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #27

    We need something quick and I said back in september that Hughton should never pick another team. There are never any signs of any plan. And if Mike Ashley has a dream of bringing youngsters through he better get rid of Hughton cause he never selects any.
    I mean Geremi and Cacapa come on he is having a laugh.

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #28

    Just had a look at newcastles remaining fixtures and it doesnt look good. To be honest i thought you would just about stay up but having looked at your fixtures and those of the other teams down there i think youve had it. If you loose to Hull i think your down. Boro and blackburn will both survive so i think it will be stoke,west brom and newcastle who wave goodbye to the prem.

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  • hitman

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #29

    bennytool,your games left arnt easy,do you not get it,spurs are in the sh1te too,i could understand you coming on here giving it large if spurs were riding high but there not,your level on points with us lad,your making yourself look like a reet plank.

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #30

    hitman- we are far to good to go down. hopefully we wont have to much of a carling cup hangover. I am looking forward to the spurs v newcastle game at the lane where we will put another nail in your premiership coffin.

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  • hitman

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #31

    benny dont be so cockney,your still in trouble.

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #32

    i disagree. Nothing to worry about. we will finish in the top 10. you will be relegated.

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #33

    morning toon fans. still fuming about yesterday but one thing that put a smile on my face was redknapp twitching after losing the cup final oh and no european footy for them either haha

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  • hitman

    Mar 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #34

    benny,you still have to play,villa,chelsea manu,liverpool,

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #35

    hitman. its so funny listening to redknapp after every game tottenham have. he always says there fantastic haha. hmmm let me think out of europe and lost a cup final and are close to relegation. seems like a team on the way down if ya ask me

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #36

    hitman- we are still yet to lose to the sky 4 in the league this season. We have games against boro,newcastle,sunderland and a few other shite teams where we can collect maximum points.

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  • GazzaToon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #37

    most of u on here are complete idiots he was right to take oba off hes just back from a long time out, theres noway hes fit enough to last full 90. if he had kept him on for the full 90 and then got injuried in the last 10 mins and was out for the rest of the season we would then be in big trouble. we will not go down there are too many games left yet.

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #38

    gazzatoon. so you think shola shud of stayed on then? shut up you idiot

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  • hitman

    Mar 2, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #39

    benny your getting ahead of yourself,our clubs arnt safe,we are fighting relegation,and thats fact.

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 2, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #40

    Benny: go have your own discussion elsewhere, please. And people, please stop giving him what he wants, which is to hijack other teams’ forums.

    Anyway – back to the thread, eh.

    One thing that really annoyed me yesterday was that Hughton waited so long to make any substitution that it was too late to make a difference. What can anyone do in 10 minutes?

    Should have had Duke on from the start and subbed when he tired – not let it go wrong and then try something desperate with a few minutes to go. Does he not realise that zero points is no use? What was the point of remaining defensive?

    Sorry, but I really am starting to worry now because yesterday will have pretty much killed off any confidence, and we’re going to get utterly spanked in the next 3 games.

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