Every point is a step towards safety at this stage of the season, or so the conventional wisdom goes, but we were disappointed the lads couldn’t pick up all 3 points today.
Chris Hughton – disappointed with just one point today
And Newcastle coach Chris Hughton insists the performance of his side today was deserving of more than a single point
Chris Hughton told Sky Sports after the game:
“We’re disappointed we didn’t get three,” “I think having given a poor goal away first half we were delighted to get back on even terms.”
“But we felt the way we conducted ourselves second half was like a team that wanted to go for a win rather than settle for a draw.”
“I think at that stage Hull had settled for a draw. So, yes, we are disappointed but we didn’t show enough quality in the areas that mattered.”
“I’m disappointed that we can’t get the points we desperately need to get us away from that group of teams at the bottom of the league.
“I think we can take something from the fact that we have come to a very difficult place and got a point, and other results have gone quite well for us, but we are still disappointed.”
The goal today had to be all 3 points, and the lads didn’t get the job done, it’s as easy as that, and why we can’t play against Hull like we played against Manchester United is beyond us.
Newcastle now have nine games in which to secure their safety in the Premier league, and these types of performances will not do it, because we need to be more ready to win these games against the lesser sides, home or away.
Chris was asked whether he thought it was pressure that the lads are not producing, and he said:
“I don’t think it’s about pressure, there are now another nine games, but we realise the situation we are in and if we don’t get results it is going to be a dogfight through until the end of the season.”
“The quicker we can get those points the better,” “We know where we are, we have 27 points to fight for and it is going to be equally as tough for all the teams around us.”
Meanwhile, interim coach Hughton also revealed that Joe Kinnear could return to the St James’ Park hot-seat by the middle of April.”
“We’re not quite sure, but reports from those in the know suggest somewhere around the Stoke or Spurs game,”
The next game for Newcastle is at home to Arsenal next Saturday, with a 5:30 pm kick off time, and because Arsenal are a top team, we suppose the lads will play at their best again, but whether the side can get any points next Saturday, against an in-form Arsenal side, is another question.
We should have done better this afternoon than the one point we got, and there cannot be too much arguing about that.
Bottom line – it’s not good enough.