After Newcastle’s disgraceful 6-1 defeat at Leyton Orient in pre-season, the fans were told that Chris laid down the law after the game to the players, and made it very clear that performance was utterly unacceptable for a Newcastle team.
Chris Hughton – can we expect all-out performance against Plymouth?
And we wouldn’t at all be surprised if something similar happened last night, even though to the public, Chris is right to stress that it’s only one game.
In truth, it’s the first time this season the players have let themselves and the club down, and we shouldn’t be too hard on them – we are in this together this season after all.
But Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has warned his side are not going to too carried away by their defeat against Blackpool.
Chris is right to say that victory over Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, would still represent a good six days’ work after already seeing off Cardiff City last Sunday.
Hughton told the Chronicle today:
“What you have to relate it to is where we are in the table.” “We are still roughly where we want to be.”
“What we can’t do is get carried away.” “Yes, it’s a defeat and a difficult one to take at this moment.”
“We didn’t play well enough to win it.” “But we bounce back again now. If we beat Plymouth it puts another outlook on things.”
Newcastle were rather lucky to be on level terms in the first half , and Andy Carroll’s goal was completely against the run of play after 40 minutes.
But if Newcastle could have held out until half-time things may have been different in the second half, but they couldn’t.
And it was Blackpool who were the better team, and ultimately deserved all the points on the night – even though it’s hard for us to say that.
“The way the game went we were fortunate just before the break.” “Sometimes it happens that way.”
“The way it has been going for us it’s like that.” “It would have been perfect to go in 1-0 up at half-time and it was very frustrating to concede when we did.”
“It was even more frustrating to concede in the second half when we did.” “We will always analyse any performance and a defeat like this.”
“It’s a down in what has been up season so far.” “I’ve got a group of lads who have given everything this season.”
“We’ll regroup, it’s a big game on Saturday and we need to win.”
It will now be important to see how the players react to all of this – hey we know we’ll not to win every game this season, but it’s always difficult when you lose and play nowhere near your best.
The next couple of days will now be important for the players, and we hope they can regroup – get the loss behind them – recommit themselves to the Newcastle cause, and come out red hot on Saturday.
The players need to give the ever loyal Newcastle fans what they want on Saturday – a passionate performance with spirit and guts – and all 3 points against bottom of the league Plymouth Argyle.
And it’s time to get a more attacking 4-4-3 formation in place and pair Ranger and Carroll up front, as Nile looked more than a handful when he camne on in the dying minutes, and Blackpool manager Ian Holloway was so pleased he was not brought on earlier in the game.
If the lads can put on a good performance, we’ll be back on track, and can hopefully look forward to improved performances over the next couple of weeks, until the next International break starts, which follows our home game against Bristol City on October 3rd.
Oh, and it would be nice to be top of the league by then too. 😀