Newcastle were second best against a decent Nottingham Forest side yesterday, but it was Forest’s desire in the first half that was too much for Newcastle – shades of last season from the Tyneside club.
Chris Hughton – has big job to prepare lads for Tuesday night
The Nottingham Forest manager Davies after the game yesterday:
“In my humble opinion, the job of managing Newcastle United should go to the guy who is doing it now,”
“If you look at the club, at the game and the situation he and Colin are under, I’ve got to say they done brilliantly” said the Forest manager.”
“In the time they’ve had, they’ve come through a difficult period under tough circumstances superbly.”
But Hughton’s focus remained firmly on a game in whuich Newcastle looked like relegation candidates in that first half – they were just utterly hopeless, and most oif the p[layers seemed to hope they were’n’t playing.
Any more performances like this and we’ll can kiss goodbye to promotion – we were let off the hook countless times in the first half and still couldn’t wake up.
A worried Chris Hughtion said after the game:
“That’s nice for him (Davies) to say, but at the moment it’s not a nice feeling I’ve got,” “We came here to get something from the game.”
“Against a side in very good form we knew it would be difficult, but it’s still very disappointing.” “We have paid the price for our performance in a first half when Forest were better than us.”
“When you have that, it’s crucial you don’t concede a goal, and we would have been delighted to go in at half time at 0-0, but we were left needing to score.”
“If there was one team who were going to do that in the second half it was us, but they (Forest) defended very well.”
“We are still at the end of the table we want to be, but these are valuable points lost.”
Hughton must lift his team before Tuesday night’s trip to Scunthorpe, and another defeat or bad showing there will severely hamper the confidence of the Newcastle players, who must be reeling after their woefully bad showing of yesterday.
However, good news in that Hughton has today denied that Taylor could be out for six weeks with a hamstring problem, and while both players will not be available on Tuesday night one or both could return in next Saturday’s game against Doncaster at home.
Our defense looked weak yesterday and is particularly weak in the air, and we’ll need to do a lot better against Scunthorpe on Tuesday night, if we are to get back to winning ways.
Another defeat at Scunthorpe and things will look bleak indeed on Tyneside.