Chris Hughton has explained this morning that he sees things this season very like they were last season, after we were unluckily beaten at home to a late Blackburn goal, after we had dominated that game.
Chris Hughton – situation similar to last season
Of course at the time the popular press were having a field day with Newcastle, as usual, because Kevin Keegan had not won a game at Newcastle, since he had arrived back on Tyneside in mid-January.
When we played Blackburn the team played just great, but couldn’t get a goal, and were then caught upfield following a corner right at the end, and Blackburn did the proverbial smash and grab raid and won the game 1-0.
The following game was away at Liverpool and we were hammered 3-0, but then we went to Birmingham where Kevin tried the 4-3-3 formation for the first time.
After being a goal behind and not playing well in the first 45 minutes, the lads came fighting back to get a goal in the second half from Michael Owen, and probably should have won that game.
But they did just that against Fulham 2-0 in the next game, and Newcastle then went on a nice 7 game unbeaten run to save the season.
The game after Fulham was probably the best display of last season when we took Spurs apart 4-1 art White Hart Lane, and then hammered Reading 3-0 at home in the next game.
However, we finished up last season losing the last two games against Chelsea at home and Everton away, but we remember it all very well.
Chris thinks it’s a similar situation thsi season, as he told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“I remember the Birmingham game very well last season and this is a very similar situation.”
“The week before that game (a 1-1 draw at St Andrew’s) we lost to Blackburn Rovers at home 1-0 to a late breakaway goal from a corner.”
“But the performance had been very good and I think we’re coming off the back of a good performance against Manchester United this time as well.”
“That result at Birmingham kick-started the tail end of our season and hopefully we can do the same sort of thing at Hull. It’s a very big game for all sorts of reasons.”
“A win would really give us a lot of impetus going into the end of the season.”
What Chris misses out is after the Blackburn game we were actually taken apart at Liverpool 3-0, but it’s true that last season at this time, we were not doing too well either.
Whether we should be drawing solace from that is another question of course.
And whether we can pull out of this nose dive we’re in this season, with only one win from the last 12 games, remains to be seen, but we have to pull our socks up and start winning, as draws right now will just not be good enough.