If it was one thing you could rely on last season with Newcastle, it was that they could lose a game, and seemingly not even care.
Chris Hughton – on the training field
And that’s what we saw last night, mainly in the first half at Bloomfield Road, and it brings back bad memories of the squad of last season that was overpaid and hugely underperformed. to send the proud Tyneside club down to the anonymity of England’s second division.
A lot of those players couldn’t find the exit door quickly enough in the summer, and are no longer at the club.
But manager Chris Hughton seemed quick to point put that he thought Newcastle did not buckle under the pressure in last night’s game:
“We can go again and win the game on Saturday.”
“I wouldn’t accuse the players of buckling under pressure, but it’s the first time we’ve had a period in the game where the opposition have been far better than us in most departments.”
“With all their good play in the first half, though, the goal we conceded in the second half was a poor one.”
The Newcastle fans have to hope this was just one of those nights, and the players can learn from it – and learn very quickly.