Marlon Harewood seemed to be in a bit of a huff after he had been replaced by Nile Ranger in the closing minutes of Saturday’s game.
Marlon Harewood – refused Chris’ handshake on Saturday
That incident unfortunately comes after a verbal exchange between Harewood and number two Colin Calderwood in the 0-0 draw with Bristol City two weeks ago, so we have to hope that Marlon is not starting to upset the apple cart at the club.
Let’s face it, Marlon was hopeless on Saturday, especially in the first half, when it looked like he couldn’t do anything right, and it may be that the player was just upset at himself, more than anything else.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“What we had was a very disappointed changing room.” “There were people in there that were annoyed and upset that we lost.”
“They know that every set of points we drop are opportunities to stay at the top.” “It’s a good feeling being where we are.”
“But we weren’t good enough overall.” “The quality of this league is very good.” “Forest were a good side and we have to be able to compete with these sides.”
“We need to be able to make sure we don’t concede when we aren’t playing so well.” “I’m quite sure if we had gone in at half-time at 0-0 we would have gone on and won the game.” “This is what we’re up against.”
“I expect a very difficult game at Scunthorpe tomorrow night.” “It’s not only us who are finding out about the quality of the division – look at Middlesbrough, who lost at home to Watford.”
“Our retention was poor and we got into the players a little bit at half-time.” “Forest are a good side and we gave the ball away too cheaply.”
“We can’t take anything away from Forest, they’re a good side.” “We just couldn’t get close enough to them.”
“We weren’t good enough overall.” “In the second half we got the ball out wide and looked a threat, which we didn’t do first half.”
“We must show more of that on Tuesday.”
Good teams keep playing well, week in and week out, and that’s something we are finding difficult to do, even in England’s second division.
We don’t like the idea of playing our central midfield players on the wing – like Danny Guthrie – we need out and out wingers, but we should have Gutierrez starting tomorrow night, and maybe we can have Ryan Taylor on the other wing.
We think Ryan is much better up the pitch where his throws, shots and crosses cause danger in the opposing penalty area.
Nottingham Forest were good, much better than us, there’s no doubt about that, but Newcastle were just hopeless and spiritless, especially in that pathetic first half.
It reminded us far too much of last season, when lots of our players kept not turning up for the games.
That’s what it looked like on Saturday and they have to take the responsibility to ensure that doesn’t happen too many times this season.
We expect the lads to be wide awake and ready to go, tomorrow night at Scunthorpe, and things will look a lot better if we can get back to our winning ways.
Wins always raise the morale at any club.