Hughton Rocket At Half Time Helped Wake Up Newcastle Players

There’s nothing wrong with a manager unleashing a rocket to his players at half time if they are not getting the job done.

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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.

Hughton added:

“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.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Whumpie

    Oct 26, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Good to know Mr Nice Guy can turn nasty if needed – an essential skill at this club!

    This string of bad results ought to remind players that even in a thin squad their places are under threat. Yes, we’ve missed Taylor, Strolla and Colo, but it’s been a lack of belief (or giving a sh*t in Harewood’s case) which has cost us.

    I’m far from confident about the next match; we’ll have to significantly up our game if we’re to turn United over away from home.

  • lesh

    Oct 26, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Off thread and related to team bonding-type activities and in particular, poker sessions.

    Poker sessions? Poker sessions when may footballers past and present have developed gambling-related problems ie debts!

    Is poker the right sort of activity to get these guys involved in?

    What next…. malt whiskey tasting?

  • toonsy

    Oct 26, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #3

    I think we’ll get a point at least at Bramall Lane. We have done well at places like West Brom and Cardiff where we know we have to play to our best to beat promotion rivals. The players seem to fire themselves up more. The opposite is true against “lesser” teams like Scunny, Blackpool etc. It seems the players think they just turn up to these games and win.

  • dave 1961

    Oct 26, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #4

    i believe that (not) when Hughton was doing the job like shearer’s instructions, we were harder to beat, now Hughton thinks hes a manager & doing it his way, we are getting worse, all of shearers instructions to Hughton have now been dumped & its all his own ideas NOW, including 1 training session a day, this is where we in my opinion have started to fail. i just hope i am wrong, on this topic i would love to have it chucked in may face, just don’t think we will reach any heights with Chris. as i don’t think the bloke has a nasty side to him. and he is making life easy for the players.

  • lesh

    Oct 26, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Aye dave 1961 @4, I suspect you may well be right as the lads seem to lack the grit and the discipline that was there at teh start of the season.

    If poker nights are indicative of the new regime, then pity help us…. .

    Of course let the guys have fun but during the club’s time, they need hard, early start and tough yet enjoyable daily training sessionS.

    If there’s problem with attitude (sloppy timekeeping’s an indicator), then discipline needs to be tightened up.

    Sorry, but playing cards is hardly the right way to achieve what’s needed!

  • Sav

    Oct 26, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #7

    We are a busted flush until Fatboy cashes his chips and ships out.


    Oct 26, 2009 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Sav TBH
    I have the same feeling i did when Ashley put the club up for sale after the Keegan reign and when we were relagated. I really hope the donkey sells up but im not so sure that he will.
    Why are we still starting Harewood upfront…
    He is the sort of player who should be used only as an impact sub, if that. Nile Ranger is twice as fast, tall and probably strong. START NILE RANGER!

  • buda boom

    Oct 26, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #9

    I sit near the dug out and Hughton is a big coward he shouts and screams at the likes of Carroll and Ranger make a slip up but says nothing if one of the senior pro’s makes a cock up. But that is not surprising as we all know it is senior players who are controlling this show

  • Bao Zheng

    Oct 27, 2009 at 2:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Long live the players soviet …. Nolan for premier, Smudger for party chairman. Hughton for immigration clerk on the Turkmenistan border.


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