Chris Hughton says that Newcastle must be more clinical in front of goal, and take the chances when they come to them, if they are to get out of the Championship at their first attempt.
Chris Hughton – we must take our chances
Newcastle had enough possession of the ball away at WBA on Saturday, especially in the second half to score a number of goals.
And while we had many chances to score, only Damien Duff managed to find the net to take one point, and with better finishing we could have come away with all 3 points.
The stats say we had 14 shots on goal at The Hawthorns, and eight of them were on target, and we should really have come away with more than the single goal for all the chances we had.
But we’re short of firepower up front, and we’ve already lost Owen, Viduka, Martins and Lovenkrands and once we get a new manager – assuming that will be fairly soon – whoever he is will need to bring in at least one experienced striker before the end of the month.
Shola Ameobi doesn’t score enough goals, and while both Andy Carroll and Nile Ranger are good promising players they will need time to get accustomed to the first team.
The caretaker boss told the club’s official website today:
“Damien Duff’s goal against West Brom was a good move and a great finish and I think that’s what we missed in certain periods of the game.”
“At times our football was good and we moved the ball well across the park but, as we showed with the goal, it’s the final piece of quality and guile that counts.”
” That’s something we have to work on over the coming weeks.” “We’ve got the players to hurt teams and in this division you need goals, and lots of them, to get out of it.”
We are all waiting to see if there is any more news on the Moat takeover, but there doesn’t seem to be too much new news today.
However, something surely has to give before Saturday, because at that time we’ll 0nly have a short 16 days left in the transfer market to build up our squad, and surely Mike Ashley knows the squad needs strengthening.
He does, doesn’t he?