Lee Clark So Close To Beating His Home Town Team

FORMER Newcastle star Lee Clark said his Huddersfield Town side “took Newcastle to the wire” before bowing out of the Carling Cup at St. James’ Park.

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Lee Clark – when Reserve team coach at Newcastle

In what was a really entertaining game last night with plenty of goals, Lee Clark was pleased with the performance of his team, and so he should be.

Lee said after the game:

“It’s disappointing to lose. But we played in the right manner, created numerous opportunities, and took Newcastle to the wire all evening.”

“It’s been a very, very good cup-tie played with high intensity and quality play from both sides at times. Both sides made a massive contribution.”

“Even at 3-1, I knew there was a massive threat from Newcastle. I just wish our lads could have held on a bit longer and cause some frustration around the stadium.”

“You haven’t got to get excited and look for a fourth and fifth goal. You have to make sure the crowd gets a bit agitated, but Newcastle got their second goal and had their tails up.”

“I knew there was going to be turns in the game and the fact that Chris (Hughton) made the decision to bring the likes of Shola and Gutierrez on shows they were concerned. Shola is playing with a lot of confidence and is proving to be a handful.”

Good words from Lee, and of course what he says is exactly right, and his players will have learned a lot after their terrific display.

As for Newcastle, the teenagers that were blooded – Kadar, LuaLua, Ranger and right at the end the exciting Slovenian Haris Vuckic, who just turned 17 last Friday, will all have learned from the game and the experience.

Last night we saw football as it should be played.

Now we need to get a win next Monday night at home to Leicester City, and it will be interesting to see who doesn’t play in that game, because they may be on their way out of Newcastle, as the transfer window closes at 5:00 pm the next day.

In fact the next 5 days will be exciting, but may not be good news for Newcastle fans, but we have to hope our squad is strengthened by next Wednesday morning.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • baldynapper

    Aug 27, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Hi can anyone settle a query we have here at work. Up to what date can Championship Teams sign Loan Players as we know it’s past the normal Tranfer Window


    Aug 27, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    why’s everyone talking about a deal being done on monday? we’ve been here before.

    I honestly can’t see us getting rid of Ashley.

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 27, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #3

    I said this earlier that get used to the idea of no more signings and ashley staying – anything else is a bonus! So it doesnt hit we in the face when it happens.

  • Chris F

    Aug 27, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #4

    not sure on the current rule, but it used to be you could loan players in until about a month after the window closes.

    this may have changed though, so don’t quote me on that.


    Aug 27, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    its mid november

  • komfort

    Aug 27, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    tg , i posted on a earlier thread but you must have missed it…how you getting on with your troubles ?..

  • Sav

    Aug 27, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Last man out switch off the lights.
    If the price of Moat + new Barclays overdraft = half of what’s left of the squad gone, then that price is way too high. I don’t want to see us in Div 1 just to see Ashley’s arse through the door. Given the players left, Hughton and Calderwood could perhaps steer us into the play-offs with a lot of luck on injuries and Kadar/Vukic/Ranger growing up very fast.

  • JinkyGenius

    Aug 27, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    As a player, flair, strength and pace can work to your advantage – even as a youngster. As a manager it is all down to hands-on experience from man management skills, team selection, backroom politics, owner liaison and team tactics at crucial moments. Shearer, currently, has only vicarious experience gleaned from working under others, it’s not the same.

    Lee Clark is getting his apprenticeship sorted that hard way, respect is due, and this will stand him in good stead to land a plum Prem job in the not too distant future; especially if he gets Huddersfield into the CCC. I bet Sunderland have already marked him out to take over from Bruce.

    In the face of the Lee Clark example, I cannot understand why Shearer and so many of his NUFC acolytes believe he is somehow exempt from this crucial learning curve? Easy-life footy punditry with a slo-mo machine is sure not the same thing as day in day out graft – ask Lauro, our ex-defensive coach!

    Good luck, Lee, your team scared the pants off our directors (at least those of them with their pants still on).

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 27, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Komfort – sorry mate didnt notice.

    Thanks for asking. Looking better mate.

    Not to bore but Im held up at the olds. The estranged mrs emptied the house and left me two cups and bowl and gas bottle and some oven mits – no baking trays like lol – but I managed to see the bairn the other night and he gave me the biggest hug and kiss and smile when he saw me – that made things better.

    Ive also met up with a lass I used to work with ten years ago (im 30) and we had a few beers the other night and she is gorgeous. However Im wary of rebound and all that jazz and I do really like her and did back then – maybe circumstances are for the better now. We are going out on Friday so its something to look forward to.

    Ive been burying my head in all things toon also and keeping busy – mainly at the pub – but it fills a gap and cured me of my Big Brother addiction.

  • babelfish

    Aug 27, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Would love to see Lee Clark in the Home Dug Out at St James Park one day as Manager. Think he could do really well for us and has got Huddersfield playing some decent football.
    The current situation at NUFC is probably 2-3 seasons too early in his managerial development for him to have come in as Manager.
    I like everyone else is just anxious for a resolution to the current debacle behind the scenes and the long sort after stability and another new start.
    The support shown so far this season goes to prove how great the club could be if only those high up could actually make the right decisions.

  • komfort

    Aug 27, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #11

    aye tg , she sounds like a lovely lass (not)…it’s not a nice situation your in but i think it’s time to have a bit of me/fun time..best of luck for friday.


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