Chris Disappointed – Particularly With First Half Performance

Chirs Hughton is still working on bringing Marlon Harewood in on loan, but we understand that deal will be delayed a week.

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Chris Hughton with assistant Colin Calderwood

That’s so that the 3 month loan spell extends through the Christmas period of matches, but isn’t that a problem with Zurab Khizanishvili’s loan spell?

Chris told the Evening Chronicle today about the Harewood deal:

“At the moment there is an interest and it’s something we are trying to push through. It’s work in progress.”

“The most important thing is that we regroup. We must make sure we bounce back at Ipswich.”

Chris Hughton is hoping the majority of the Newcastle fans will understand why he played such a weakened team last night.

Chris continued:

“What a lot of Newcastle fans have got used to this season is seeing their side win.” “Yes, we slipped up here and at Blackpool, but they are used to us winning games.”

“It’s never nice to see a defeat, and they want their side to do well in the league and the cup. Unfortunately it wasn’t the case.”

“The performance was a disappointment even though I’d turned it around.” “It was a big experience and learning curve for the youngsters.”

“But we understand how our fans are feeling.” “It was my decision to do it and it was a difficult one because we have so many fans who travel with us.”

“But what we have at the moment is a small squad.” “I think most of them understand that the league is a priority.” “But it was a long way for them to travel.”

“What the fans who did travel saw were some of the players they won’t have seen too much of.” “We’re disappointed, but it was my decision to go with a young side.”

“They were supported by some senior players in the two Taylors, Danny Guthrie and Peter Lovenkrands, but it wasn’t to be.” “The squad we have at the moment is one we need to protect.”

“The first-half performance still disappointed me, however.” “Overall, we’re disappointed we have lost.”

Well it’s over now and there’s nothing we can do about it.

But we can do something about our game at Ipswich on Saturday,  and we’d like to see a blood and guts performance from the lads and all 3 points.

That will go a long way to fans overcoming the disappointment of last night.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • TheToonKing

    Sep 23, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Just win on saturday Chris and all is forgiven.

  • repo

    Sep 23, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #2

    well your wrong as harewood prob be here on friday..

  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 23, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #3

    If the takeover is in progress I think It will take time for Harewood to come.

  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 23, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Am disappointed with Guthrie. He had to stand out as the leader for that game.

  • vivadavidkelly

    Sep 23, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #5

    dont know what the fuss is all about. its a blessing that we went out. he did the right thing playing a young side who gain valuble experience. we have a 46 league game campaign this year and all our focus goes towards that. you cant possibly read anything into last nights result as it was barely a 2nd string side

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 23, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Let baby rudolf have his 15 seconds in the sun…
    …Wow!..They beat the name NUFC in the be-league-ered cup…It’s the league games that count!..

  • chuck

    Sep 23, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #7

    He did the right thing but can`t really come out and admit it.
    Give Lovenkrands some playing time and the kids a bit of experience and put an end to extra games in an already long season, plus give those with niggles a rest.
    Aint brain surgery !

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Sep 23, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #8

    If you don’t wish to suffer this feeling too much Chris heres a little advice. Firstly lets take yesterday as an example. In a game where you have pretty much nothing to lose, it might behove you..youngsters or not to actually implement a formation that promotes attacking flowing football. Im grateful for alot of the results so far and during the course of the season I have really seen us get the ball down and play as well as we have in a long time. What is clear however is that we are far more effective playing out and out wingers, with two centre forwards as target men, the 4-5-1 leads to dull football, few chances created and we have the personnel to really go at teams of this class and come out on top.

    Yesterday was concerning for a number of reasons. Our squad is thin and alot of these youngsters will be forced to deputise at different stages of the season and against a championship side that will be aiming for a mid table finish at best we were found seriously wanting. I fail to recall one clear cut opportunity…in fact im failing to recall when we even managed to string any passes to attack at all. A loss can be forgiven, it happens its part of the game we bounce back stronger. This was depressing because it represents what could potentially be the pitfalls of what will be a long and arduous season where are willing and waiting first team replacements are minus a few examples, simply not ready.

    It was a makeshift side, experience was gained and i hope lessons were learned but performances like last night have to be as infrequent as possible. Dont know why im wasting my time seeing as we are going to clearly play a 5-4-1 on saturday but bearing in mind Simpsons injury, Gurthries suspension, i think this is the team we should put out on the weekend.


    S.Taylor Khizanishvili Colocini Enrique

    R.Taylor Smith Nolan(Barton) Mclovin

    Ranger Carrol

    …heres to hoping…

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 23, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #9

    You can’t really link last night to our league games…Loads of inexperience on the pitch, all together…Against a team that really cared about beatin’ us & seein’ it as their best chance to do a big club over!..
    …Never mind!..


  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 23, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Uchiha_Itachi, well put it. I wld go with that team at any time.

  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 23, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Barton should start from the bench

  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 23, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Does Moat will to buy us. Here is my dream.
    Chairman: Barry Moat
    Manager: Allan Shearer
    Ass. Manager: Chris Houghton
    Coaches: John Craver, Collin Calderwood

    There will be enough experience for Big Al to learn from. I keep CH there cause he knows the team better than anyone.

    When we go in the premiership you Gary Speed to that.

  • Jay jay

    Sep 23, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Chuck spot on lets just concentrate on the league its all that matters

  • woodsee

    Sep 23, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Sorry lads but i am livid
    nearly 3 thousand hearty souls travelled last night,and they played that crap it wouldnt surprise me if they were told by Ashley that no more injuries must occur at any cost.
    30 odd thousand against Huddersfield in previous round me included must be thinking whats the point.
    What team would he have put out if it was at home,not the one that started last night thats for sure.
    It was that bad at times it looked like they werent bothered or trying

  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 23, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #15

    The plan jst failed to through we have nothing to prove like all these Championship clubs. We have a small squad and we have to be in that EPL 2010/2011 season competing for those champions league places with;
    Owner: Moat
    Manager: Shearer
    Captain: Smith

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Sep 23, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #16

    will die for the toon army // Sep 23, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Barton should start from the bench

    I agree…i’d only just about start Nolan from that position based on performances this season..

  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 23, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Off to work lads. TOON for life.

  • G

    Sep 23, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #18

    @Uchiha_Itachi . Just out of interest, what is the problem with Nolan like? Sure, he’s no longer the box-to-box midfielder he was for bolton 2 years ago, but his performances this season I feel have been better than most. Barton needs to get his head and his game together, and Butt is too slow, besides, Smithie should already be holding the midfield def role.

  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 23, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #19

    woodsee – agree, if Hughton was going to put a team out like that, why not warn the fans before hand and it would have saved them a long journey.
    To treat a cup match like a practice match is a disgrace, thats what reserve matches are for and not what fans trek 200 miles to see on a Tuesday night.
    Its no good coming out with all kinds of patronizing shite afterwards, hes now lost Guthrie, could have lost others and was lucky not to come away with an Orient type disaster of a result.
    This was a rank bad performance by the team and management and its not good enough to brush it under the carpet the way it has been.

  • toonsy

    Sep 23, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #20

    I think we need tyo switch to 4-4-2. We have the players fit to implement it now. All we have to do is look how our performance was transformed vs Plymouth to realise its the way forward. We should be going out to attack and win games. 4-5-1 didnt work against Blackpool, Peterborough, 60 mins vs Plymouth and at Cardiff (although we got a result) and match stats would back this up! All other teams play 4-4-2, why dont we try? Its ok trying to scrape results, which we have with only luck individual performances so far, but eventually teams will suss out how to counter it, and for the past 4 games they have.

  • Mag_Laad

    Sep 23, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #21

    I’d like to see this side fielded against Ipswich:


    R Taylor_Khizanishvili_Colocinni_Enrique



    As I think S Taylor deserves a well earned rest and give Khizanishvili his first start in a black and white shirt. I’d put Lovenkrands on left simply as we have no one else except Lualua, I think that team would easily beat Ipswich like. Plus I wouldn’t have Butt anywhere near the team.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 23, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #22

    LAST NIGHT CLUELESS my 9 year old son could have done a better job than Chris last night seems no one, held a candle to the fans, that went to see the game, i for one cant see why he did what he did it hes ether clueless or arrogant take your pick.

  • AndyT

    Sep 23, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #23

    That’s a great side Mag_Laad. Butt should only be a sub for last 20 minutes to hold the win that we should have established by then

  • chuck

    Sep 23, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #24

    So the question arises, if by chance and theirs a fair enough chance, that we could be promoted next year.
    The question is what happens when the loanee` s
    go back to their clubs, do we go on a spending spree on the back of the windfall of higher earnings.
    Can we survive with the present team plus a few new names ? or are we going to be like a W/ Brom. side, up one season down the next.
    It`s important to survive that first season in order to earn the funds to continually strengthen the team.
    But to do that requires an astute managing director in tandem with a manager who he can work with, to rebuild a team with few quality players.
    I dont expect much movement in that direction from Ashley (he has expressed the fact he just wants out)
    So we have to hope some one or some group with the right financial clout shows up with an interest in taking over.
    Not Moat , just aint got the dough i`m afraid.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #25

    in moat’s business plan he will have a budget for players like any business you need to invest and i would guess they will not budget for a profit in the first few seasons back.


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