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.