Chris Hughton has handled our disastrous defeat last night at Scunthorpe with some philosphy, saying that all that is happening is that Newcasatle are going through a rough spell right now.
Chris Hughton – tough task for Chris now
Chris told the Shields Gazette this morning :
“I have to get on with the job. We’re a good side on paper, and anybody who was at the game would have seen how good we were for the majority of that match.”
“What you will get is periods of the season where you don’t get results.” “We’ve already had periods of the season where we have played not so well, and got results.”
“The period we’re going through at the moment is one where we are aren’t getting what we deserve. Anybody could see we deserved something from last night.”
“When you aren’t getting the rub of the green you still stick to your task, and that is to stick to the way we are playing and to drive on and get results.”
Newcastle were supported by more than 2,000 fans at Glanford Park, and that’s one thing that will always be to the team’s advantage – the wonderful fans.
But it’s now an acid test for the fans and the players come Saturday, because we’ll just have to support the lads out of the slump they’re in, and the confidence on Saturday is not likely to be too high either.
But there’s also no doubt that a win on Saturday will calm everybody’s nerves a little, and the lads will not be too full of confidence, which is why the first goal will be all important.
Once we get Coloccini and Taylor back in defense we should be a lot tighter, but it’s worrying that we lose two games with those players out, and gave away two sloppy goals last night in the porocess.
Hughton went on:
“They’re such a wonderful crowd, I know I don’t need to appeal to them (to back us) – they do it anyway.”
“The disappointing thing is that we didn’t get the result for them.” “Irrespective of what anybody says about players, it’s hard for them as well.”
“They know how many turn up to see them, and how vocal the fans are. The lads want to do well for them. The supporters were brilliant.”
“They spend a fortune going to Forest, and a fortune coming to Scunthorpe too. We’ve got to make sure we give them more good days than bad.”
The players can start by getting down to business, looking at what they did wrong last night and come roaring back on Saturday. We cannot allow teams to out-fight us this season.
There’s no reason we cannot win that game against Doncaster, although Alan Smith will be missing after picking up his 5th yellow card, and will miss his second game through suspension this season, but this is a good chance for Nicky Butt to come in and give an accomplished performance.
We just must get back on the winning track as soon as possible.