Successful Teams Win Even When They Don’t Play Well

Chris Hughton talked after the game last night about what he did and said at half time, to get the Newcastle players out of their dream state – which is how many of them played like in the first half ………. again.

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Chris Hughton – good team talk at half time?

Hughton said:

“The only tactical change was to switch Gutierrez to the right. It was about having the football to gain confidence. We didn’t do it in the first half and that’s what we had to do in the second. After we scored we dropped deeper.”

“It was vitally important we got something from the game. We have to build on that now. There’s different ways to win a match and you can gain a lot by winning like we did tonight.”

“It’s just nice when you come away with the points. I have my moments, the same as anyone, where we have been this season so far we have had to try to keep a calmness and composure to keep everything together.”

“Expectations are high and there’s a lot to live up to.”

And since this was Hughton’s first game in charge as the permanent manager, after running the club in a caretaker role since July 1st, as the clueless Ashley again tried to sell the club and was again unsuccessful – Chris was asked if things felt any different after last night’s game:

“It didn’t feel any different, there were normal emotions.” “I just want for this group of lads because there is so much desire there to get the team back into the Premier League as quickly as possible.”

We won ugly last night, no doubt about it, and it’s probably also true that in our last 6 games when we’ve gained just 8 points from the 18 on offer,  we just haven’t played well enough.

But we’ve  now won our last 2 games, after all, and that’s what successful teams do – they win when they don’t particularly play well.

Just think how things could be if we actually start to play well in one of these games – Peterborough are duly warned for Saturday. 😀

And Chris seemed happy enough with the win last night – we certainly were and much relieved too:

“It is a very nice feeling to be top. You know there are different types of victories and it is always nice to get one with free-flowing football.”

“But you know you are going to have tough games like this and you have to deal with it.”

“There is nothing quite like the feeling you get in the dressing room after a win like that.”

We agree with the boss.

Howay The Lads!!

4 comments so far

  • lesh

    Nov 3, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #1

    With 3 points in the bag and whether good, bad or indifferent, the performance really don’t matter at this stage.

    Let’s hope they just keep on doing the biz to get us up and then build on it next season.

  • UTD111

    Nov 3, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #2

    When Man Utd went down, they didn’t worry about playing pretty football or where the points came from. They kicked and spat and mauled their way back up, with one of the dirtiest centre halfs it has ever been my displeasure to witness…

    But it worked…..

  • G

    Nov 3, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Agreed UTD111 – who cares what it look’s likes, just get the result first and worry about pretty later.

  • premier

    Nov 3, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #4

    fans delusion got rid of many managers by demanding entertaining football–look what it has all lead to, desparate for points in any way!!


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