Newcastle Defense Superb – Smith Dismissal Harsh

Chris Hughton has admitted to Newcastle United TV, that Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Cardiff City wasn’t the prettiest win his side will ever get.

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Coloccini – a bad hair day – no way

But nonetheless a win is a win, and that’s 5 wins from six in the league, and we thought we did great in the first game at WBA with the 1-1 draw. 😀

But the lads, under the common sense and skillful guidance of coaches Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, have come on leaps and bounds so far this season.

And it was Fabricio Coloccini who was the unlikely goal hero, and picked a great time to get his first goal for the club, with a bullet header from Ryan Taylor’s right-wing center, following a corner, in the 18th minute.

But Newcastle had to contain a good Cardiff side for large portions of the game, and the Welsh club had 16 shots on goal, but couldn’t break down the Newcastle rearguard.

Chris told nufcTV after the game:

“It wasn’t the prettiest win,” “We knew it was always going to be tough here today and it certainly was that.”

“We didn’t create a great deal going forward but I thought we defended superbly.”

“It was backs to the wall at times, but we were strong and got the win I thought we deserved.”

And Chris has said he thought the sending off of captain Alan Smith, just before the end of the game, was harsh.

Hughton thought Alan’s first yellow card on 66 minutes, for an apparent foul on Joe Ledley, was uncalled for.

Chris said:

“I think it was a harsh sending off because we felt the first yellow card should never have been given,”

“But the second foul we can have no complaints.” “I thought Alan was excellent today before the sending off.

“He’s in the middle of a run of games for the first time in a long time and that is showing in how well he’s playing.”

We now need club captain Nicky Butt to come in at Blackpool and show what he can do for the club – we think Nicky’s experience could be a big plus for us this season.

But we need a good performance from the former Manchester United player on Wednesday night.

18 comments so far

  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Sep 13, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #1

    No we don’t need Butt, he is a liability……………

  • Mag_Laad

    Sep 13, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Smith sending off was wrong like, Colo’s noggin was for once a winner today haha. Hopefully when spider, shola, smith are back we’ll have a selection up top to pick from, but we need another defender in, I dread what to think what would happen jus say Colo & Taylor are out.

  • Mag_Laad

    Sep 13, 2009 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #3


    Agreeeeeeedddddd 😀

  • Rangerman

    Sep 13, 2009 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Smith deserved to be sent off, his first yellow was for the amount of fouls he gave away rather than for the one incident.

  • Mag_Laad

    Sep 13, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #5


    hmm…agreedish, the ref knew what kind of player Smudge is and should been a tiny bit more lenient with Smith.

  • R2-D2

    Sep 13, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #6

    fweet tiddle fweet PAAAANK, poodle toot Alan Smith beep fawooee!

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 13, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #7




  • catchy in norway

    Sep 13, 2009 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #8

    thought we played good for th first 25 mins, then just gave them the ball,, thought we where lucky,,, but you need luck..

    never a pen when chopra hit taylors arm.

    all in all a good win,,, and 3 more pionts

    its nice to that winning feeling again

  • simon winham

    Sep 13, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Chris Hughton for the managers job and well played Nile Ranger ran his socks for the team well done !!!!!

  • R2-D2

    Sep 13, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #10

    catchy in norway,

    peedle-oot, toot toot KWAAAAANK peep. Poooo Championship TOONTOON beep nee wurries.

  • Nick D

    Sep 13, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #11

    I can’t believe how much effort Ranger puts in. It’s absolutely phenomenal.

    Smith is playing so much better these days, but as with Barton, I guess the braindead, moronic thug part in him will never go entirely. Real shame as we will really miss him now and I’m not looking forward to Butt’s return at all. We have done so much better without him.

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Sep 13, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Nice to know more than anything that we have got valuable points against two of the four maybe five teams that i think will be around us this season… even more importantly both away from home.

  • Bill F

    Sep 13, 2009 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Too many balls being lumped forward for my liking, we were inviting Cardiff to play attacking football against us and I thought we were a bit fortunate to get away with it, Today!! If Chopra had taken half of his chances we would have lost.
    Stillit was an ugly win and any successful team needs these. The defence had to perform well as the midfield just did not keep hold of the ball. There were times when I wasn’t sure that Barton was playing, Smith was a rock but he did just about deserve his sending off it’s the nature of his game. I would bet on it not being the only time it’ll hapen this season, not so serious if it is near the end of the game though. I was surprised when Guthrie got the hook, so was he. Any way if Cardiff are meant to be one of our tougher opponents then we should waltz through this league. Hope that is not the kiss of death. 🙂

  • Big Dave

    Sep 13, 2009 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #14

    r2 d2 i agree with you completly

  • Chitty Chitty Baheng Baheng

    Sep 13, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #15

    It’s a bit silly to caution a player for multiple offences when every single little thing was penalised.

    Nonetheless, it is three points and a week’s rest for Smith and a chance to try something else at Blackpool.

  • BigLish

    Sep 13, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Excellent win for us today if not the prettiest.

    Smith deserved to go. Even if the 1st yellow wasn’t warranted then there were planty more occassions when he could have had a card. Despite this though, another class performance from our most improved player.

    We’ve got enough decent midfielders in the squad to keep out Butt when Smith serves his ban – but Hughton’ll have him in the starting 11 anyway…

    2 points clear and we’ve already played 2 of the most fancied teams for promotion away from home in West Brom and Cardiff – things are on the up. If only Ashley would now catch some kind of painfull infection in the wedding vegetable area which makes him scrath like a lopping dog my weekend would be perfect!

  • Danish_Magpie

    Sep 13, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #17

    My team for blackpool would be:



    Guthrie…….Barton…Nolan…..R. Taylor


    …but I think Houghton will go with:



    Barton…..Guthrie…..Butt……..R. Tyalor


  • cooldj

    Sep 14, 2009 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #18

    smith decision harsh? were we watching the same game i thought he could have had about 4 yellows by the time he was sent off!!!


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