Hughton – We Probably Played Too Many Youngsters

Chris Hughton seeemed to have no complaints following Newcastle United’s Carling Cup 2-0 defeat at Peterborough last night.

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Chris Hughton – no complaints

Newcastle fielded just three players aged 23 or over, with 6 teenagers starting and an average age of about 20.7.

But the youngsters were two goals down within the opening 31 minutes, and that’s how the score stayed even though Chris brought on Smith, Geremi and Nolan after 59 minutes.

Newcastle boss Hughton said:

“I can have no complaints with the result on the balance of the 90 minutes.”

“Peterborough had three good forwards and had an awful lot of chances and we rode our luck at times.”

“We came here to win the game but maybe played too many youngsters against what was an experienced side.”

“But we finished the game strongly and that was encouraging.”

With the score at 1-0 the Magpies were denied what looked like an obvious  penalty when 18 year-old Kazenga LuaLua was tumbled off the ball in the penalty box.

And Hughton added:

“We could see the incident clearly and it was a definite penalty.”

“But that was against the run of play and who knows how it would have affected the game.

Chris did his best to give the senior players a break from the action and it backfired a little on the night.

But it’s got to be onward and upward, and we now have to concentrate on getting all 3 points at Ipswich Town on Saturday night – that’s all that matters right now.

If we can win at Ipswich we then have two home games against QPR and Bristol City, before the two week International break starts after our Bristol game on October 3rd.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • thud and blunder

    Sep 22, 2009 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Wey naaaaaah, you dont say CH, you played too many kids!!! understatement. Bloody hell. Does this bloke have any tactical know how

  • lacedaemonian

    Sep 23, 2009 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Sack him!

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 23, 2009 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Glad we are out of this crap cup-disappointed the young lads never stood up to be counted but instead decided to roll over and be cunted…Bet Fat Mike is gutted cos no clubs will come in for his prime young turkeys anytime soon….I see all Ashley’s young tender meat being binned before it’s sell by date,possibly even before xmas.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 23, 2009 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Glad we are out of this crap cup-disappointed the young lads never stood up to be counted but instead decided to roll over and be c**ted…Bet Fat Mike is gutted cos no clubs will come in for his prime young turkeys anytime soon….I see all Ashley’s young tender meat being binned before it’s sell by date,possibly even before xmas.

  • Jay jay

    Sep 23, 2009 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #5

    I for one am glad he played too many youngsters this cup just isnt important keep players fit for the league games, would love to pile more misery on keane on saturday

  • lacedaemonian

    Sep 23, 2009 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Wor lass just asked where the bed sheet has gone. I told her I had had an accident. I wrote: SACK HOUGHTON and spelled his name wrong. I would put the sheet through the washer but I have ran out of black boot polish.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 23, 2009 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s Mad we have Ipswich,QPR and Bristol city coming up and I know absolutely zero about each club,seriously I could not name 1 player at all 3 clubs…and I can’t even be bothered to even look.

  • lacedaemonian

    Sep 23, 2009 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #8


  • Jay jay

    Sep 23, 2009 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #9

    SJT Peter ramage is at qpr thats all i know of them.

  • Elfy_Toon

    Sep 23, 2009 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #10

    nice kick up the arse for the youngsters, its gd to bring them down to earth as theyv had too much hype directed toward them and i dont think it would have helped there development. on the other hand i do hope none of them, especially tozer, have had a confidence shattering. these are the players we are going to be depending on this season so was important to give them a chance tonight altho nobody can be suprised by the result having over half the team as debutants is just ridiculous, 2/3 at most for blooding in with some fringe players. Lacedaemonian, thats a little unecessary dont u think, does the carling cup mean that much to u? getting out of this cup run is better for us in the long-run and under the circumstances hughton has still done a fantastic job this season.

  • lacedaemonian

    Sep 23, 2009 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Ashley should sell this club.

  • wickywoowoo

    Sep 23, 2009 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #12

    I moaned in a previous blog about how our young players are over-hyped and over-rated but all this talk of “destroying their confidence” seems ludicrous to me.

    Seriously, these kids are getting good money to play a game. If losing one match can somehow ruin their ego and ruin their ability to function as a human, then they need to quit football and work in Subway or something.

    Are footballers so soft that people worry that losing a match will “ruin them”?

  • ginkoh

    Sep 23, 2009 at 4:50 AM

    Comment #13

    I think we lose because 4-5-1 formation. Hughton should know it’s not work even against CCC or league2 team.

  • cornish-magpie

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #14

    Now that Guthrie’s suspended why not play 4-3-3 against Ipswich??


    Nice morale boosting 4-0 win??

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #15

    Im not bothered about going out of the cup, and to be honest it is a distraction we dont need when other clubs around us dont have mid-week games.

    We need to concentrate on the league and get beck up. Nice to see the young lads given a chance like, even if it is just to show them they need to step up their games before they get anywhere near the first team.

    All in all a decent result, lets face it, P’Boro could have really gone to town and scored 5 or 6 and that really would have given the young lads’ confidence a bashing.

    All focus on Saturday now and praying for 2 up front!!!

  • Stuart79

    Sep 23, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #16

    We had a warning against Huddersfield and we had a taste of reality last night.

    My position is the same as it was 2 months ago – This squad is not big enough to get promoted…

  • unclepauly

    Sep 23, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #17

    i think hughton got it spot on and im getting fed up with people slating him. who cares about the cups, we need to get promoted and thats it. he’s guided us to the top of the table (ok second) amidst all the sh!te that he’s been given. the kids got a run out last night, bit of experience, and our senior players, whats left of them, are all left fit for ipswich. would we have prefered a win last night and lose smith and nolan in the process ? no !

  • Whumpie

    Sep 23, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #18

    unclepauly – totally agree. Hughton knew exactly what he was doing and had no particular intention of going to the 4th round. He needed to get some of the youngsters’ feet back on the ground and send a message to the bosses at the same time, all while protecting the first team for the league.

    Mission accomplished.


    Sep 23, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #19

    hopefully this will now put things in perspective. while our youngsters were getting a kicking v peterboro, arsenals youngsters were givin WBA a kicking. good to se CH give them a chance tho. good to see most fans agreeing that it was an opportunity they needed but its back to the real stuff on sat v ipswich.
    @lacedaemonian, sacking CH at the minute is the worst thing the club can do, things are going well on the pitch in the fizzy pop league, we need to maintain the momentum

  • premier

    Sep 23, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #20

    aye bring back some golden oldies like Viduka


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