Hughton Happy With One Point

Newcastle were happy to take a point from the Riverside this afternoon after being outplayed by the Middlesbrough side in the second half.

Peter Lovenkrands – after scoring first goal this afternoon

Newcastle took the lead on 16 minutes through Peter Lovenkrands, but Middlesbrough were level on 36 minutes through former Newcastle target Barry Robson.

Middlesbrough then took control of the game in the second half and went ahead through Scott McDonald on 74 minutes, only for Newcastle to fight back, not for the first time this season, and finally get the equalizer on 82 minutes through striker Andy Carroll.

Newcastle manager Hughton seemed quite happy with the point as he talked about Andy Carroll after the game:

“What you saw in Andy today was a player who is in good goalscoring form.”

“By our admission and his own, it wasn’t one of his better games today and the chance he had was very much a half-chance.”

“But this is a lad who is in good goalscoring form and when you are in that type of form, they are the type of goals you score.”

Not surprisingly the Teesiders boss Gordon Strachan thought his side should not only have won, but should have been awarded a penalty after just 2 minutes when Coloccini tackled McDonald with a badly times tackle.

But TV replays suggested that McDonald went down far too easily.

Gordon said:

“We should have had a penalty in the first two minutes, and the referee just to make it up, allowed us to get away with a free-kick 30 seconds after it.”

“If you are going to make a decision, referee, don’t try to even it up. It’s not right, we don’t want that.”

“Be brave and stand by your decisions.”

It’s interesting how the different managers see things so differently.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • pearceet

    Mar 13, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #1
  • BeeGuy

    Mar 13, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Certainly one of the strangest games I’ve seen this year from NUFC. On ESPN360 it seemed every close up on a Newcastle playera face was one of something bordering on disgust. What prompted those facial displays? Was it the “bad pitch” which dictated Route 1 football for NUFC-which NUFC does not play well at all? Are there players on the pitch that are out of position or not deemed trustworthy to pass to? Or was it that there were too many injuries and the lads lacked confidence in the replacements? Was it the coaching strategy? Anyone with ideas on that?

  • Fozzy

    Mar 13, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Subsitutions Houghton made today in my eyes were poor.

  • Fozzy

    Mar 13, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #4


  • xfer

    Mar 14, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Probably cos they aint totally fit, and not risked. But our performance was poor.


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