The lack of form for Newcastle has come at exactly the wrong time for interim manager Chris Hughton.
Chris and Colin – must turn this thing around – quickly
As we all know Hughton is due to meet with our clueless owner Mike Ashley soon, to discuss the permanent job at St James’ Park.
And after last night’s humiliating defeat at Scunthorpe United Chris said he didn’t think anything had changed on that front:
“It will have no effect at all,” “As far as I know they (the talks) are still going ahead.”
“I’m still very confident the situation hasn’t changed.”
Kevin Nolan’s equalizer midway through the second half – his 7th goal of the season – had brought Newcastle level but we were not able to hold on and went down to the second defeat in a row, to the dismay of Geordie fans everywhere.
“The game plan was to come here and do well,” “On the balance of play and chances it’s a game we should have won, but we have to do better.”
“They were able to turn us at times, they were always a threat and had a lot of energy in the side and at the clinical moments they got the goals.”
“We didn’t defend moments well enough and that enabled them to get the goals that they did. On the balance of play it’s a game that we should have won.”
“I think this is a pressure on us. We are a side in this division that everybody expects to do well and certainly our own supporters expect us to do well and that’s the pressure that we carry with us in every game. That’s a pressure that we’ve got to live with.”
And not surprisingly Scunthorpe manager Nigel Adkins was more than happy after the victory last night:
“It’s quite simple, we haven’t hidden away from the fact that we have the smallest fan base and the smallest budget in the division,”
“But it’s what you do on the field of play. We’ve got a fantastic team spirit.”
“This is a great victory. When we got promoted, this was the first game everybody was looking for; Newcastle United at home.”
“We packed Glanford Park out, played against a top side and we have gone and got a victory.”
While this was a humiliating defeat for the Magpies it was a tremendous win for Scunthrope and congratulations have to go out to them.
But it’s hard to have sympathy for the Newcastle players, who let down the club badly last season and are still easily the highest paid players in the second division by a long way.
The lads now have to dig deep and turn this thing around – quickly – that’s what they are paid big bucks for.