Paulo Sousa And Chris Hughton Disagree On Everything

Chris Hughton last night defended his striker and goal-scorer Andy Carroll.

Andy Carroll – late equalizer for Newcastle

Chris objected to Swansea manager Paulo Sousa’s opinion that Andy Carroll should not have even been on the field to rescue Newcastle late in the game at Swansea.

Sousa was upset for a couple of reasons.

One was that Swansea should have won the game, and the second was that when Newcastle did equalize with just 3 minutes to go, goalscorer Carroll had escaped committing what looked like a bad foul just minutes earlier.

Sousa thought Carroll should have been given a red card for his challenge on Swansea’s Garry Monk just  five minutes before the equalizer.

But Carroll’s goal, again from a far post cross, was his 9th of the season, and this lad is a big threat in the air, anywhere near the goal.

The Swansea manager said:

“Carroll should not have been on the field. I have seen the replay on his challenge.”

“He went in late and it was a red card.”

But surprisingly enough, Newcastle manager Chris Hughton didn’t agree with that, as he countered:

“My first impression was that it certainly was not a red card.”

“It was a ball that Carroll should have competed for and went to compete for.”

But Swansea were the better side yesterday on the day, there’s little doubt about that, and it was another disappointing performance from Newcastle, after getting hammered 3-0 at Derby County last Tuesday night.

Swansea had most of the possession, and should have done better than just a draw.

Sousa added:

“Football can be cruel – we should have won by miles.”

“I have long said that Newcastle are the best team in this division.”

“But we proved today we are the best football team in the division.”

Chris Hughton must have been disappointed with another sub-par performance from his team, but of course Chris has to be careful to keep the confidence of his players high, as they are going through a rough patch right now.
Chris added:

“There’s no doubt we could have played better than we did today.”

“But I thought on the balance of play and the way we approached that last period of the game that we deserved something.”

“I would look at Steve Harper’s contribution in goal – and he wasn’t troubled so much.”

“And I thought we certainly had the best of the last period.”

Things are still in reasonable good shape, but only because Nottingham Forest in 3rd place are losing games, as they did yesterday at Doncaster  Rovers.

Newcastle must get on the winning track soon, otherwise teams can come up fast in the final third of the season – teams we aren’t even watching right now.

Leicester City could be one of those teams, as they walloped Scunthorpe United 5-1 at home, and are now in 6th place on 46 points.

Comments welcome.

1 comment so far

  • marlonisourking

    Feb 14, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Sousa can hardly moan about Carroll’s challenges – the lad got booked for leading with the arm supposedly- when 5 minutes earlier in the game at the other end, their player did the exact same thing and got away with it.

    Lovendkrands got a knock in the face from an arm too- it’s not like they were playing the cleanest football you’ll see. Elbows are a red card offence according to the laws of the game…

    Fair play to Swansea though, they gave it a really good go yesterday, knowing we were potentially there for the taking, and pressed us a lot. Hughton was right in what he pointed out though – you can look at the stats for possession and territory, and perhaps in those areas we were dominated – but I don’t remember Steve Harper having to pull out any major stops yesterday. They didn’t capitalise on their possession advantage. If they were us, I’d be very disappointed not to have won the game on the balance of play.

    I felt we were very sloppy in possession yesterday; I don’t like to pick out one player, but Nolan epitomised that. Every time he found himself on the ball, he’d either run himself into trouble and lose the ball, or play a really poorly-placed pass. I know you’re supposed to stick with your players when they go through these bad patches, but we really can’t afford it now- perhaps he needs a rest, there are others in the squad knocking on the door.

    Routledge looked lively again, he’s so quick with the ball at his feet, I think we’re a very exciting squad to watch with him on one wing and Jonas on the other, so I hope he makes a speedy return.

    The icing on the cake was a bloke in the pub yesterday who was slagging off Leon Best something rotten when he came on, and said the problem wasn’t with the strikers, it was the supply from midfield which was the problem, which was right. But who was it who popped up with the assist? I believe it was that man Leon “won’t change the game” Best.

    Whilst I would have like to have seen Chris change it up a little more than he did yesterday substitutions-wise, it was good to see that at no point did we seem to be panicking. I was getting edgy at 75+ minutes, but the goal came out of nowhere and from there you wouldn’t have bet against us grabbing another. Carroll really seems to be enjoying his football at the minute, and long may it continue.

    We’re in a situation now like we were last season – our fate is entirely in our hands. We can’t rely on other teams slipping up to get us there – Forest losing yesterday was a let off, and West Brom drawing was another blessing – but if we want to seal the deal we’ve got to keep plugging away and putting in the performances, we can’t afford to slack off. In the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen our supposedly secure position at the top wobble, and we need to make sure we shake off the rust we seem to have built up over the past couple of games and get back to winning ways as soon as possible. Hopefully our outstanding home form will give the lads the mental boost they need in their upcoming 2 games.


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