Hughton Explains Tactics – But It’s Not Convincing


Chris Hughton has defended his tactics once Leicester City were reduced to 10 men yesterday – but it doesn’t sound too convincing, at least not to us.

Chris Hughton – explanations not convincing

Chris told the Sunday Sun today:

“With them down to 10 for so long, there’s disappointment that we didn’t capitalise,”

“I decided to make sure we were very solid through the middle of the park.”

“And we had Kevin Nolan playing off the front man – a position where he’s scored a lot of goals this season.”

“But they (Leicester) got more from each player with 10, and with the pace they’ve got up front were able to pose problems on the counter-attack.”

“If we had got the early goal, things would have been easier, but the longer it goes on you know they are going to make it tougher.

But that’s negative thinking – make sure we don’t lose, even with 10 men against us, seemed to remain job one – and then try to win as job two.

It’s not good enough against 10 men – and we should have gone on the attack more – and who cares if we lose?

It’s just one point dropped, and we could have taken all 3 if we were a little more attack-minded.

This unbeaten streak means nothing – for heavens sakes you can theoretically go unbeaten in the Premier League and still get relegated on 38 points.

Wins are the only thing that count these days.  A manager like Keegan always wanted to win as job one – fortune favors the brave is a good motto to have in football – and in life for that matter.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson was frustrated his side failed to beat Newcastle, even with 10 men, as they missed some gilt edged opportunities:

“I thought we were the better side with 11, and the better side with 10.”

“It was important for us to put in a performance in which we believed in ourselves and also showed some quality.”

“But it is only one performance and one point. We still have aspirations to be involved in the play-offs. We have been in a bit of a rut recently so today was an important stepping stone for us.”

Nigel didn’t want to say anything on Wellens’ dismissal, which seemed to be a little unlucky for Leicester City:

“I’ve not reviewed the incidents but I will be having my say on them later on.”

That’s two very tough games Leicester have given the Magpies this season, but we missed out on an excellent opportunity to record our second league double this season.

Our play in the last third yesterday was just appalling, but we also have to remember it’s just one game (thank goodness), albeit a terrible one for watching Newcastle fans.

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17 comments so far

  • Eaststander

    Jan 31, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #1

    I am sorry but if we keep going to places like leicester and putting one up front and 5 in the midfeild as Nolan was NOT up front, then we will get 3rd place at best. We are top of the leauge but using tactics of a terrifed bottom of the leauge club, its pissing me off. We should have stormed them yesterday from kick off but instead let them play and allowed them to get a foot hold straight away.
    Even when they went down to 10 men its like they had 12 because our midfeild were so poor and defensive.

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  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Jan 31, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Awful team selection, are the fans the ones who know that you should never play Smith, Nolan, Guthrie and Butt in the same midfield.

    Jonas should have started before Butt.

    CH bottled it and should have put Leicester on the back foot immediately after the sending off.
    By that, I mean substituting Butt for Jonas and spreading the play.

    The rest of the nation must be scratching their heads and wondering how on earth we are where we are.

    Smith and Nolan look as though they need a rest as they are not contributing anything at the moment.

    Apologies for the rant but I am so annoyed at CH for his negativity, there can be no excuses.

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  • giimps

    Jan 31, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Nicky butt was crap again yesterday, as was ryan taylor and guthrie, as for his tactics, Defensive coach, too defensive, no balls to attack, cost us 2 points yesterday,
    W*nker !!!

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  • Mikey25

    Jan 31, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Not impressed at all! It’s been the case for most of the season, watching fryatt run thru 5 of our players and looking at our players realising none of them on the pitch could have even thought about doing that sums it up to me!
    Firming up the centre to me is using nolan and smith and that’s it! We played leicester not bloody Barcelona! Why did butt play? Why Guthrie on left? Why 1 slow striker who can head but thats it? Yeah he wanted to rest Jonas but why not….
    Harps
    Tayls..collo..wills..van person
    Routledge..smith..Guthrie..loven
    Ranger..carroll

    Rests the players he wants to, is balanced and has nolan and smith sureing up the defence! Really annoyed!

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  • Eaststander

    Jan 31, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #5

    So far the players we have been liked with this window and have signed have been exactly what we need for this leauge and the money we have. This has made me quite impressed with Hughton and Calderwood but after yesterday what is the point if you dont know what to do with them. Without a creative player in the middle of the park there is no point in signing Beckford and Moses type players, we may as well play 6 in midfeild and hope for a nil nil draw.

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  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jan 31, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #6

    In his own words he talks of the fear of fpace up front – so why dont we get/use some? The bloke is a poor tatician and a mere ashley puppet.

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  • DannyBoy

    Jan 31, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Gob-smacked at how poor the team selection was from start to finish last night!!!!

    Leaving Joans off was criminal under those circumstances. We’ve needed, and begged for a decent right sided winger for ages to balance out our left sided threat with Jonas.

    We finally get it and Hughton bloody rests Jonas!!!! Against 10 men as well!!!! And brings on Pancrap!!!!! WTF was he thinking?

    So negative and terrible to watch. Embarrassed ourselves on national TV once again.

    What a wasted chance to stretch the gap at the top. Hughton should be ashamed at playing such negative tactics. I really like the bloke but he had a shocker as a manager last night.

    No pace, no guile, no clue. Fuming, absolutely fuming about it!

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  • MacToon

    Jan 31, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Poor reason by CH for the poor performance we witnessed yesterday.

    I was saying before the match that I was worried about Hughton, worried about Smith and Nolan looking tired but to me the whole team looked disinterested and off the pace, except for the 3 new guys who did well.

    Poor team selection, poor tactics, poor team play, poor performance but lucky result for us getting 1 point.

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  • Thump

    Jan 31, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Honestly the game reminded me so much of last season. That just about sums it up perfectly IMO

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  • flair20

    Jan 31, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #10

    I think a lot of people are being extremely harsh on Hughton.

    He didn’t play Gutierrez because he picked up a knock against Palace (then everyone started to panic about getting any more injuries) so it made sense to rest him now that we have Routledge.

    Lovenkrands – has been playing under a lot of strain recently, plus travelling a lot between England and Denmark. Made sense to rest him. In addition, he has not performed well in any away matches this season.

    Ranger – has proven in previous starts that he’s better as a sub (for now, at least).

    So, what options did Hughton actually have? Our success all season has been down to one thing – being sensible, both on and off the pitch. Why start to take risks now? We are still clear at the top of the table, we have a lot to lose.

    Give the new signings time to settle and give Hughton time to work out his best system, both home and away, with these new signings.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 31, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #11

    flair20, pack midfield even when playing V 10 men is no tactic to win a game in the CCC.

    I agree with most you say about injuries but 1 up front, no pace to play with Routledge……. we all seen the same match…. surprisingly!

    4-5-1 away from home @ times is ok but only if you have the right players available.

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  • flair20

    Jan 31, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #12

    What was the alternative? Pancrate on the right, Routledge on the left? I can see the argument for that but I would say it’s a risk away from home against what we knew was (and who proved themselves to be) a very strong side. 4-5-1 has worked well away from home so far this season and, like I said, I don’t see any reason to start taking risks when we’re still top of the league.

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  • flair20

    Jan 31, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Also, if we did play Pancrate and Routledge out wide in a 4-4-2, who would partner Carroll? As I said before, Loven needed resting and Ranger hasn’t produced as a starter so far – it would’ve been an unncessary risk. We got a decent point against a decent side, let’s move on and hope we sign a striker then get a result against Cardiff!

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  • DrNewcastle

    Jan 31, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #14

    I was very Disapointed yesterday!! I miss the times we were attacking side, i hate those long balls!!! That was the tactic yesterday, kick the ball forward and hope we get lucky, we should have played the flanks better, guthrie is a good player but hopeless and lost on the wings, or we could have played 4-3-3, and but some pressure on the home team from the start, they outplayed us yesterday, and we were lucky not to loose 3-0 yesterday, even against ten men average championship team????

    What the fcuk is the proplem, is CH really that slow, we need a creative manager that can influence the players, only think CH says kick the ball forward and stay back!! i 8 that!!!!

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  • Smithy

    Jan 31, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Lets be honest hughton is’nt that smart theres not much thinking to be done when you just sit back and hope for break when the other team is tired.We should have attacked when we smelt blood but no he left butt and smith in the centre ,no pace no creativity give hughton iq test id say about 85

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  • budmon

    Jan 31, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #16

    lets look at the big picture here. We were away from home, the lads performance was not good, and hughton is still gaining experience as a manager. how come one week we are praising hughton and the next people call for his head. we r 4 clear at the TOP and friday we’ll get back to winning ways. lets look forward and get a striker before midnight. I blame the players. it was that commitment yesterday that got us relegated remember? Not CHs, give him credit

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  • Sav

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Hughton is a good bloke but he shouldn’t be tactically naive. He may be gaining experience as a manager but he has been a coach or assistant manager for 16 years before this gig.
    And any manual will tell you to stretch the play if your opponents are tired or have their numbers reduced.
    He’s basically a defender and this is what we can expect.

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