After a very tough game at Ashton Gate this afternoon, Chris Hughton was disappointed at not securing the win.
Chris Hughton – disappointed not to win
Before the game Newcastle fans were hoping for all 3 points.
But Newcastle found Bristol in good form, at least in the first 45 minutes, and although the lads wanted all 3 points, after coming back from 2-0 down with just 20 minutes left to play, they were probably satisfied with the point.
But 3 points was the initial target because after all, Cardiff City had beaten Bristol 6-0 at Ashton Gate, but only last month Bristol City had defeated WBA 2-1 at their home ground so which Bristol City would turn up?
Unfortunately for Newcastle, the one that was willing to fight like crazy and not without some skill.
After the game Chris Hughton said:
“Games like this teach you to keep feet firmly on the ground.”
“We would have been favorites with most people going into the match, but didn’t get the win we wanted.”
“I knew it would be tough because City had beaten West Bromwich Albion here and were under a new caretaker-manager.”
“I thought in the end we had the chances to take all three points, but from 2-0 down at half time you are always happy with a point.”
“There has never been any question about the spirit in our squad and we had to demonstrate it again.”
This was a bad news good news game.
The bad news is that Newcastle let in two poor goals in the first half to go 2-0 down, and the good news was that they fought back very well in that second half, and never once let their heads drop.
And with just a little bit more luck, the lads could have been heroes and taken all 3 poionts.
But it looks like Fitz Hall is out injured with a hamstring injury, so Tamas Kadar will probably partner Coloccini at the back on Tuesday night at Doncaster Rovers.
Tamas was very steady, as usual, after he came on for Fitz on 51 minutes, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Hughton brings in a center-back on loan in the next day or two.
Today’s game could well have convinced Chris Hughton and owner Mike Ashley that nothing is ever certain in football, and better to be cautious and bring another center-back in, than take a chance and be devoid of further central defensive cover, if yet another center-back is injured.
We now have Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and Fitz Hall all out injured.
But we also know that nothing is ever easy at Newcastle. 😀