Hughton Bitterly Disappointed At Blackpool Defeat

Newcastle caretaker manager Chris Hughton has admitted that Blackpool deserved their win last night, to inflict a first Championship defeat on Newcastle United this season.

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Hughton – Blackpool deserved their win

Chris told Sky Sports after the game:

“I am bitterly disappointed, Blackpool were better than us in every department, especially in the first half.”

“We need to regroup quickly as we have another big game at the weekend against Plymouth at St James’ Park.”

“I thought we came into the game a lot more strongly after the break and we finished quite well and were perhaps unlucky not to have grabbed an equalizer”

“But over the course of 90 minutes we were not the better side on the night.”

Another reason we like Chris is he’s dead honest, and that’s probably a fair summary he gives of the game.

He’s not like some managers, who blame everything and the kitchen sink when they lose.

It’s just a pity the lads couldn’t have come back in the last 25 minutes, after Blackpool had gone ahead.

It’s a great result for Blackpool though , no doubt about that, and we congratulate them for a great win.

It should make their season – but wait until we meet them at St. James’ Park on Saturday 10th April – it’s already on our calendar!

However, the congratulations to the Tangerines is as far as it goes, we don’t want to say that too many times this season! 😀

But it was not to be last night, but also shows we must be able to score a lot more goals, since the rest of the team is quite decent.

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Sep 17, 2009 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Honest and True words from Chris!

  • Ashton

    Sep 17, 2009 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m very disappointed with CH he got it all wrong and he was so gutless I mean what was he thinking by playing one striker agains a team like b’pool !! he should of started with Carrol and Ranger up front with Taylor Barton Nolan and Guthrie in the middle of the park but he didn’t

  • Ashton

    Sep 17, 2009 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #3

    *Should’ve started

  • Isaac Hunt

    Sep 17, 2009 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #4

    we shud’ve threw the kitchen sink at ’em!

  • Isaac Hunt

    Sep 17, 2009 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #5

    off record but am ganin te bed

  • NUFCmagpie

    Sep 17, 2009 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #6

    We’ve never won a game when Andy carroll has scored..

  • ginkoh

    Sep 17, 2009 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Ashton he is not manager you know ? Some good run let everyone forget that.

    We’re manageless football club and still no manager, just 1 loan signing preparation for CCC league. That’s fact !!

  • Shah

    Sep 17, 2009 at 4:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Playing players out of position is bullcrap (Barton on the left), leaving butt on and taking off guthrie!!! it was a pussy formation, Newcastle are supposed to be the entertainers not the scaredy cats! He should at least playVuckic! His is a beast at 6ft 2 inches, no push over! Whats the point of having of an extraordinary talent if your not gona use him. Ronaldo was the same age for Man utd!!

  • ziad

    Sep 17, 2009 at 5:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Same Here!!

  • tomleazes

    Sep 17, 2009 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #10

    I was half expecting a performance like that but I thought they would still get a point.
    Hope Saturday shows an improvement.
    Never mind,I am off to work with my chin up to face the mackems.
    Cheers Toonfolk

  • toonsy

    Sep 17, 2009 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #11

    I think Hughton got it all wrong. Playing 4-5-1 against Blackpool was a big error. That left them woth only Carrol to worry about meaning they could push on. Then when we were chasing the game, he waited until 5 mins before the end to bring another striker on, the other 2 subd were like for like. I hope this result calms down the “Hughton is god” bandwagon. Yes, he has done well given the circumstances this season, but it will take a long long time before i forget him bimbling around for all them games last season with no idea, consulting his clipboard as he didnt have a clue.

    Also, just to clarify, ive never said i wanted Hughton at any point before i get berated for slamming him after 1 defeat!

  • UTD111

    Sep 17, 2009 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #12

    No Smith=no protection for defence=problems


  • tooneskimo

    Sep 17, 2009 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Hmmmnn, not sure why we started with Ranger on the bench as it was widely reported that Carroll was not going to be fit. A 4-5-1 formation away from home instantly suggests we’re here for a point, always a physcological boost for the home team.
    Listened on 5 live last night and sounded like a great atmosphere, need to drop Butt though as he is way to slow, even for this league.
    We are missing Guitterez on the left big time….
    did anybody else notice that all Cardiff’s attacking went down the right in the previous match?

  • Jan Stavik

    Sep 17, 2009 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Very negative strategy from the management led to Blackpool being all over us, especially in the first half. If we don’t have the balls to stand up and play some entertaining football, we have nothing to do in the Premiership, that’s for sure.

    And Butt… My god, what an awful player. I’ll never travel to Newcastle to pay 50 quid to watch that guy play again, seeing him stroll around collecting 50k a week is simply too stupid to accept.

  • Nick D

    Sep 17, 2009 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #15

    Why do we think we’ve being doing so well – No Butt. Coincidence I don’t think so !!!

    Krul has a point. Hughton will always play the seniors no matter how past it and garbage they are. Which other team gets stuffed with having to pay the likes of Butt 60K a week? Butt gives no protection to the defence and creates absolutely nothing. I never thought I’d want Smith back so much.

    Sorry but Blackpool were there for the taking. I hardly recognised or had heard of any of their players, but we were so cautious and negative and Butt just seems to demoralise us. But CH will keep picking him because he is one of those ”’ untouchable, blue chip ” players all based on past reputation. Butt should have been let go 3 years ago. It’s the old boys network keeping him here and it stinks, as does playing one up front and just lumping it all day long.

  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 17, 2009 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #16

    It was there for all to see but most chose not to look because we were top of the league.
    The squad is lop sided and thin, Hughton and Calderwood are not managers and as Ed has said we are owned by a giant Albatross.
    And as for the infamous Nicky Butt, its all been said really, every game he plays the team becomes flat and lethargic.
    Blackpool, FFS, what an embarrassment and a sad reality check of just how far this club has fallen.

  • Dan4Toon

    Sep 17, 2009 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #17

    Team for Saturday should be:

    Simpson S.Taylor Colo Enrique
    R.Taylor Nolan Smith Lovenkrands
    Carroll Ranger

    Subs: Krul, Kadar, Geremi, Butt, Guthrie, Barton, Donaldson

    With hopefully Jonas back soon 🙂

  • buda boom

    Sep 17, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #18

    Got to go with the majority on this one. praise to CH for galvanising the team in difficult circumstances but he is making the same mistakes he made last year. His selection policy is flawed. He picks the eleven “big names” . He should pick a team with the right players in the right positions and two up front is a must. One up front only works in one off games or where you have attacking midfielders bursting to get forward. We have none of those midfielders.
    Needing a equaliser last night we were left with Butt Geremi Nolan and Lovenkrands in midfield. Three out of those four couldn’t run a bath never mind run up a pitch.
    Again I repeat if I was Donaldson or Lua Lua I would think of a career change and become a brickie or a joiner because if I am no better than Butt or Geremi then a footballer I am not.

  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 17, 2009 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Would like to hear the comments of pro Ashley/Hughton posters who have said the financial side of the club is sorted and Hughton should be appointed manager after the pathetic display last night.

  • Nick D

    Sep 17, 2009 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #20


    That’s what it should be, but you know it won’t be !!

  • toonsy

    Sep 17, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #21

    Hopefully just a blip and we will be back to winning ways on saturday. Nicky Butt hat-trick and 2 assists!

    Right, must dash. Just realised that before i wrote that last i paragraph i had smoked my last bit of crack!


  • G

    Sep 17, 2009 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #22

    I hate being right about these things. To be fair to CH / CC they have still done a fantastic job, but they are as much in the dark about their own futures as we are about the clubs future. We need steady management now. We need 5 or 6 new players now. We need MA to sell up and get new ownership in now, before too much damage is done. As for the players being singled out above, there are a lot of tired legs in the toon right now. Barton, has looked abysmal so far this season, but to be fair, is no winger. Butt and Caroll are far from match fit. We need to either switch tactics, because believe me, we have been sussed, or we need to get at least 2 new players through the door before Pilgrim Pete and his happy green wurzel gummage impersinators arrive. Thank god Smith will be playing in the next game too.

  • batty

    Sep 17, 2009 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #23

    UTD111 // Sep 17, 2009 at 7:36 AM

    No Smith=no protection for defence=problems

    <<<agree m8 just in front of the back 4 just where fergie used to play him

  • Nick D

    Sep 17, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #24

    I freely admit I’m as fickle as they come and I change opinions like the wind depending on that great phrase, ”you’re only as good as your last match.” I think in reality, a lot of fans are the same as me if they’re honest.

    Being top of the table has camourflaged an awful lot of weaknesses left standing from last season.
    The lack of creativity and pace is alarming and I don’t know how we’ve being getting away with it in all honesty, ie taylor’s handball at cardiff (hardly his first time) etc, etc.

    It does seem as if CH is somewhat limited tactically and 4-5-1 against Blackpool was ridiculously negative.

    I agree with Buda boom, if I was one of those on the bench seeing Butt walk back in, I think I would be looking to go elsewhere. But that’s what worries me about Shearer as manager as well. Butt is his big pal. The best managers are the most ruthless ones who never allow friendship and sentiment to cloud their judgement. Sadly that has been allowed to go on at SJP for years.

  • knocky

    Sep 17, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #25

    Like most did not see the game but by the sounds of it we were well beaten, particularly in the first half. Please don’t use the excuses of lack of depth, quality or injuries to key players. Blackpool and most of the other sides in this division all have the same limitations (without the expectation). Last night we used a negative 4-5-1 system as if we were playing a top 4 premiership side. The idea supposedly would be to stop the other team creating and then catch them on the break. In the first half we ‘only’ allowed them 12 shots on target and had to thank Harper for keeping us in the game. Jimmy Armfield commented on how well Carroll was doing but that he lacked any support and we surrendered possession to Blackpool far too easily. Playing up front on your own is a thankless task for even the most experienced forwards, never mind 2 youngsters learning their trade and one just back from injury the other from a long summer of football with little or no break from last season. All pre-season we played Nolan off the front man. Its a position which suits him and he has an eye for goal, but in our last 2 games we have played Guthrie in the more advanced role??? Guthrie is, along with Barton, our most creative midfielder, with a decent pass and vision when playing deep and more central. Barton playing wide left or right is a waste. He is not involved enough and is never going to run past the full back and put a cross in. Barton and Guthrie should have played in centre midfield, with Taylor wide right and Lovenkrands/Lua Lua on the left and Nolan supporting the front man. We had absolutely no pace on the field last night until too late and these negative tactics almost force the opposition to come at you. Our squad, whilst I would welcome 2 or 3 new additions, is stronger (as in quality) and as big as most of the teams we will come up against this year.
    One other thing, if players are tiring and we need fresh legs why do we always take off the younger players. Again last night it was Guthrie and Taylor. Is CH afraid to upset some of the ‘leaders’ by giving them a rest?

  • Ericles

    Sep 17, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #26

    Was it not said yesterday that this could be a greasy pole because of complacency? We lose Smith and slow down the mid-field and look what happens. We need reinforcements. Every day we are seeing so-called loan deal players joining other clubs or not being allowed to come. Cathcart to Watford – what a joke! etc etc.

  • Ericles

    Sep 17, 2009 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #27

    I know we have a paper thin squad but still think we can afford to let Butt go on loan somewhere.

  • G

    Sep 17, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #28

    Wise words knocky. Bottom line – we need a descisive manager, and we need him now.

  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 17, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #29

    From what I heard from the lads I know who went they said we were crap pretty much all match.

    Im not changing my opinion that we have played some right rubbish but managed to get points.

    The bubble has burst and I tell ya this – another repeat of that in front of the home crowd will not be welcomed!!!!!!

  • pondering

    Sep 17, 2009 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #30

    i’m starting to think about having a couple of beers….cheers sumo & best of luck to special k.

  • stevep

    Sep 17, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #31

    hopefully it’ll give the players/manager(caretaker)/owner/fans a reality check – doubt it tho, theres going to be a lot of nights like last night and continuing to play 4-5-1 is just inviting teams to attack us

  • ronaldeano

    Sep 17, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #32

    Wow, so Blackpool have beaten the mighty Newcastle united! I bet the Blackpool fans will all frame their programs!
    If it were Sunderland they beat last night, they wouldent bother frameing them…..!

  • Nick D

    Sep 17, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #33

    sadly we have been run by fa trained clones, who all preach percentage, hit and hope nonsense. Just look at the likes of megson, Pulis, and Allardyce, they are a disgrace to football.

  • Toon_Army

    Sep 17, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #34

    Looks like Tony Blair was right about many fans thinking they are the Manager…

    Give CH some credit when he played that formation in previous games and we won he was fantasic, when he gets the Manager of the Month award fans are saying install him full time…

    Now he loses a game all of a sudden he is clueless, Man Utd and Liverpool have lost games this season also but I don’t see anyone calling them clueless…

    We were away from home and probably Hughton wanted to be causious especially with the current injuries and suspention, makes sence really with no reognised FIT striker you have to rely more on your midfield…

  • dave 1961

    Sep 17, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #35

    i will start by saying i don’t blame Chris Hughton for the defeat as i have said many times he’s no manager, but a good coach, how long will Ashley & Llambias leave things before appointing a manager, will it be as i fear, left until we loose that many games we cant get promoted, or has he done it already but has to wait for his recovery. we should never be torn apart by a mid-table Blackpool, need i say any more.

  • G

    Sep 17, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #36

    Ha ha, a mate of mine, who must be partial to the old disco biscuits reckons Temuri Ketsbia will be unvailed this afternoon as the new interim manager… ha ha. So insane it might even be true.

  • sahota

    Sep 17, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #37

    Its frustrating to think we lost against Blackpool. I might have taken a draw or defeat from Cardiff. Also the way we played was not good. I won’t say anything bad to Hughton as he has done good job. But I think he sometimes is not willing to take calculated risk. We should not be afraid from teams like Blackpool whether its away game or home. We should have simply played the attacking team with 2 forwards.

    We should now really hope that we can win next home game. Hopefully if we can win that we might start another small winning period.

  • Robson Wonderland

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #38

    G, I guarantee you that neither Llambias or Ashley have even heard of Ketsbaia.

  • G

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #39

    @Robson Wonderland. To be honest, that is something I am gratefull for! Absolute loon of a man.

  • Davey Falcus

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #40

    Nick D // Sep 17, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    I agree with Buda boom, if I was one of those on the bench seeing Butt walk back in, I think I would be looking to go elsewhere. But that’s what worries me about Shearer as manager as well. Butt is his big pal. The best managers are the most ruthless ones who never allow friendship and sentiment to cloud their judgement. Sadly that has been allowed to go on at SJP for years


    One point there Nick, Shearer was big pals with Owen and showed no problem by relegating him to the bench on more than one occasion during his short time in charge.

    That’s the last thing I would be worried about with Shearer. I would more be concerened with his previous record in charge of us.

    And G, Ketsbaia would be awesome haha but I think your mate needs to lay off the eckies as there’s no chance he’ll be taking over us.

    On the result last night, terrible game by us and we were thoroughly beaten by the better team. Butt is useless, Geremi is useless, Barton is being wasted on the wing, Carroll was abandoned up front and the defence had no cover. For a team favourite to win this division we looked far from it last night. However one game out of 40 odd is ok as long as we can push forward and regain some momentum this weekend


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