There’s nothing wrong with a manager unleashing a rocket to his players at half time if they are not getting the job done.
Nile Ranger – transformed the game on Saturday
These are highly paid individuals and they are paid for their skill and effort and if they are not producing the goods so be it – give them a right rocket – and make it count.
And it looks like that’s exactly what Chris Hughton did at half time on Saturday, after it looked like most Newcastle players were in a day dream in that first half – again!
The team has been inept far too many times since the last International break, and even on Saturday both Jonas and Carroll missed wide open goals from 6 yards out – even I could score from the positions they found themselves in – and that’s saying something. 😀
Andy Carroll’s equalizing goal on 68 minutes was a joy to watch, as Guthrie swung in a beautiful ball from the right and Carroll hit the ball first time on the volley wide with his left foot, wide of veteran goalkeeper Neil Sullivan.
Hughton told the Chronicle:
“I think the most important thing at half-time was that we had to address that first-half period. We had to look at how we could change it and look at where we could do better.”
“I think there will always be harsh words, but what you also have to do is look at the second half and we had to try to get things right for the second half.”
“What we had to stress is that they scored with their only chance in the first half period.” “I stressed that we had to be more productive in the final third.”
“It was never a question of not having the ball in there or having the possession – we just needed to show a bit more quality.” “As the game went on we applied more and more pressure.”
“You hope that something will turn for us and something did.”
It took the introduction of 18 year-old striker Nile Ranger for Marlon Harewood to finally turn the game in Newcastle’s favor, and he helped completely transform the game.
“Nile has helped us turn the game and there are pivotal times in a game, he was one of them.”
“He has got his enthusiasm and he certainly lifted the crowd and gave us another option.”
We would hope that Nile has earned a start against Sheffield United next Monday, and Marlon Harewood can always be brought on in the second half of that game – but surely Nile is in much better form right now than the Aston Villa on-loan player.