Strikers Must Take Their Chances – Hughton


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.

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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?

Comments welcome.



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71 comments so far

  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 12, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #1

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabricio_Coloccini

    At the bottom it says he has joined Galatasaray SK

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  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 12, 2009 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Toon Factor…theres always numpties on wikipedia.

    If we loose colo then we would be starting Kadar with tozer on the bench…shows what a state we are in.

    On the article…its the reason we went down and have never really had a playmaker in recent years and relied on wingers….until milner and zoggy left and now we are left with nothing, but a lanky argentine who can barely kick the ball 5 yards.

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  • Troy Stavers

    Aug 12, 2009 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #3

    If Jonas could get his act together and get some decent crosses into Carroll, Shola and Ranger then we might stand a chance. They should cause terror to the opposing defences if they are supplied with high balls into the box.

    However i’ve seen enough of Jonas to know that he can’t do it.

    Mind, it’s not just him. Ryan Taylor never contributes either.

    Not much hope for Saturday!!

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  • coxonfamily

    Aug 12, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #4

    wot chance is this then chris? is it the 40 seconds nile ranger gets? ameboi has had his chance drop him for god sake!!!

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  • Troy Stavers

    Aug 12, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #5

    I hope whoever is near Mike Ashley on Saturday, gives him plenty of verbal abuse!!

    No sympathy!!

    Drive him oot!

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  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 12, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Why does Jonas play on the left side anyway, he is right footed isnt he? It would make much more sense if Duff played on the left and Jonas played on the right, then maybe he could get in some decent crosses for a change.

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  • Troy Stavers

    Aug 12, 2009 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #7

    That old lady below, is clearly a toon supporter!!

    She looks as sick as parrot and is only 21 yrs old!!

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  • Troy Stavers

    Aug 12, 2009 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Sorry the old lady at the start of the thread!! above!

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  • RyanToon

    Aug 12, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #9

    well well well

    troy stavers

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  • Johno Toon

    Aug 12, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #10

    TF i dont understand that myself , just let duff and jonas beat their man get to the by line and put it in.

    On the strikers department i think we need a proven goal scorer such as kevin philips ( but not him if you get me ) who will get us 20 golas this season. Dunno who that is but we need someone

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  • belfast toon

    Aug 12, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #11

    How crap is xisco if he cannot get a chance ahead of ranger ameobi and Carroll

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  • Shot Bru

    Aug 12, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s pretty worrying if we aren’t sold and have to rely on loan players to make up the shortfall in areas of the squad. For a start no manager is gonna send their young talent to us for a season knowing the state we’re in, in fact it could scar them for life. Players like Mancienne and Traore would be great but we have as much chance of getting them on loan as we have of being sold before the window closes. As someone mentioned earlier if Colo was to go (no great shame) how many recognised CB’s do we have left. Maybe Ameobi will end up as a makeshift CB as the season continues. Maybe our best chance would be to ask Man City for some of their surplus rejects 🙁

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  • DanToon

    Aug 12, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Sing this Saturday…

    He don’t care about Shearer,
    He don’t care about the fans,
    Newcastle United, is in the wrong hands.

    To this tune…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydpSg0jCJl0&feature=related

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 12, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #14

    England are rubbish!!

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  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 12, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #15

    OMG England are making are defence look good.

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 12, 2009 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Toon_Factor // Aug 12, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    OMG England are making are defence look good.

    God you talk shite!

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  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 12, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Obviously not watching the match.

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  • Nick D

    Aug 12, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Troy Stavers

    Please go away. Your credibility is irrecoverably and totally shot.

    For an allegedly genuine NUFC fan, no one is really sure what you were trying to achieve with your sad attempts at rumour mongering and the 0.001% who did believe you was like shooting fish in a barrel. You really have to question your motivation. With this in mind, please show a modicum of dignity and exit stage left pronto.

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  • keeganjr

    Aug 12, 2009 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #19

    again i ave too say this. send our scouts too norway. huseklepp MOTM against scotland today. lots of talent here now. someone will buy them, chelsea watched him today, lots of agents on the match today. if i can deside i want m.thioune from molde. what a player, like essien,but more creativity. england scored by the way…

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Ed you are a tart! Some of the ads on the blog border on the Frankie Vaughn. There are kids on for fcuks sake 🙂

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Where’s me speedos?

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #22

    What’s Acid Reflux? I wanna cure it!

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #23

    I love yella teef

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #24

    No cash?
    No credit card?
    No paypal?

    That’s OK. You can buy us for 70% off and nothing to pay until domsday!

    FFS. Give us some news.

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Is no news good news?

    If Ashley was intended to stay would he have already appointed a manager?

    Who knows….

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  • keeganjr

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #26

    what time is the draw for the carling cup tonight??

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  • keeganjr

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #27

    milner great assist 2-2

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  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #28

    keeganjr

    11.15 SSN

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  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Sorry 10.15 your time

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  • Johno Toon

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #30

    any idea what price we are for the carling cup? 🙂

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #31

    28 Toon_Factor // Aug 12, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    keeganjr

    11.15 SSN

    More rubbish!

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  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Stuart79

    Whats your obsession with me? f uck off!

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  • Johno Toon

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #33

    maybe he loves you

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  • Big Dave

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Lads I cant believe that ballbag troy stavers still comes on here he is a total disgrace to the toon army

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Maybe I

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #36

    love making you look a dick!

    Although I don’t really think you need me to point it out!

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  • DanToon

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #37

    Sing this Saturday…

    He don’t care about Shearer,
    He don’t care about the fans,
    Newcastle United, is in the wrong hands.

    To this tune…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydpSg0jCJl0&feature=related

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  • Big Dave

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Stuart79 and Toon Factor I take it you 2 have fell out lads.

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  • Tino 11

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #39

    If MA is going to be at the match he’s going to get some stick, surprised he’s got the balls.

    How far do you reckon a mince pie can be thrown…..

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  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 12, 2009 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #40

    Stuart constantly tries to be funny and its just not working for him big dave. Like batty he is an attention seeker and thats why I try to ignore him as much as possible.

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