Chris Hughton has admitted that Newcastle’s performance on Saturday was well below par against Nottingham Forest.
Chris Hughton – team was below par on Saturday – we agree!
Chris still feels that with their second half display the lads could have picked up at least a point on Saturday night:
“All you do is prepare the team as normal and hope you do it in the right way, which we’re always confident of.”
“But as soon as that whistle goes it’s up to the 22 players on the football pitch and they were better than us, for whatever reason.”
“We didn’t get close enough to them at times. They kept the ball better than we did and I think that our ball retention had to be better. It certainly was better second half. It was very much a game of two halves.”
“The unfortunate thing for us is that they scored in the period they had – and we didn’t.”
Newcastle led a charmed life in the first half and it was good that Steve Harper was awake in the Newcastle goal. He was about the only one who was in that first half.
Steve made some good saves to keep us in the game, but then they scored just before half time, and that was a crucial goal.
We were hoping the lads could remain level as they started to wake up a little as the first half progressed, but their display was completely unacceptable.
And you could see that Chris and Colin were worried looking men on the sidelines, as Newcastle were completely outplayed and outfought.
“What we have to be able to do in this league is mix our game up. If I look at the players we have, when you have someone who is as good in the air as Andy Carroll is you know you have to play to some players’ strengths.”
“I see us as a side who wants to pass it through midfield, which we were able to in that second period.”
The good thing is the lads have a chance tomorrow night at Scunthorpe to get back on the winning track, and surely they cannot be as bad as they were on Saturday night – that’s true isn’t it? 😀
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