Chris Hughton was understandably a little unhappy that his side got absolutely nothing out of the game last night, in which they played well and showed lots of spirit, but to no avail.
Chris Hughton with Colin Calderwood
This of course is the business end of the season, and the truth is that Newcastle are getting very little business transacted.
Hughton, though, couldn’t find too much consolation in last night’s performance, because these days the result is all important, and in the cool light of day, it was yet another home defeat:
“We’re more disappointed because we were able to put in the performance we did but the end result is we’ve got no points for it,”
“We’re at a stage of the season now where we need to put points on the board.”
“I think anybody watching the game would agree we deserved to get something from the game. So it was an opportunity to get points, and we haven’t been able to.
“It leaves us in a fight at the wrong end of the table, a fight that’s going to take us through to the last weeks of the season. If we put on that kind of performance in the last 10 games, I think we’ll stay up.”
Last night’s defeat and Hull City’s 1-0 win at Fulham only serves to increase the importance of our next game, which is at Hull on 14th March.
The Tigers have beaten the Magpies twice at St. James’ Park this season and drew 0-0 at Hull in the FA Cup 3rd round. So we’ve yet to beat this side this season in 3 tries, so maybe it will be 4th time lucky.
And with that win last night, Hull are 4 points clear of Newcastle, so even if we win our next game we’ll not leap-frog them in the league.
“It’s a massive game for us because although we put in a good enough performance we got no points from it,” “So it’s vital we pick up something next week.”
Who would have thought at the season start, that we’d be in this position where we need to beat Hull City away, to get within one point of them in the league table?
It’s a very sobering thought for Newcastle fans, but once you’re down there in the relegation quagmire, it’s amazing how even the sides look like in these games, even though we have spent a fortune on some of our players, and Hull haven’t.