Bad News Good News Game For Newcastle

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. 😀

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • Bucks mag

    Mar 20, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #1

    If you’re watching the football league show tonight, the guy with brown hair, glasses and toon shirt who ran on the pitch after the Carroll goal was me!

  • Ashley Hole

    Mar 20, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #2

    I saw you!

  • Daverism

    Mar 20, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Haha, Get in son.

    Also, wouldn’t say the 2nd goal was sloppy, not a great deal anyone could have done about that!

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 20, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #4

    bucks mag- if that was you fella fair play, that has to be one of my highlights of this year when carroll scored that goal

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 20, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #5

    2 nill and you fcked it up, 2 nill and you fcked it up.

  • DJG

    Mar 20, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #6

    I thought we were very unlucky in the first half, they scored from virtually their only 2 shots on target and we just didn’t get the run of about 4-5 decent chances.

    Anyway can’t win every game and it was a spirted comeback. Shame West Brom are so close but we still have a game in hand.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 20, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #7

    bucks mag- what did you think of bradley orr? i thought he was fantastic

  • DJG

    Mar 20, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Can’t complain really. Remember baggies and Forest were both at home.
    3 points at home and a point away is championship winning form.

  • pearceet

    Mar 20, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Bucks mag // Mar 20, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    What happened as a result of this classic banter which the stewards ruin every time?

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 20, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Good comeback really. We dominated all game and they scored an error from us and a wonder goal. Its not like the Swansea away game where we were destroyed and deserved to lose.

    I think we can look on ourselves, but the 3-5-2 (5-3-2) formation for them really worked as it stopped us down our wings.

    However Best was useless all game and when a player is being useless why not out Ranger on? When we went 2-2 i think Ranger would have gave them something else to deal with and we could have really pushed on.

  • nden85

    Mar 20, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #11

    haha that was so funny bucks mag, as carroll and all the players were celebrating you had a steward ontop of you as you slowly tried crawling towards the players

  • Fozzy

    Mar 20, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Best played well in the second half, he held the ball up well and looked a threat.

  • OZ2

    Mar 20, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #13

    If we had played with two strikers we may have scored more. Best played the full 93 minutes, anyone know why ? If we must play him when promotion is secured otherwise i think Ranger as a replacement for Lover is a better option.

  • DJG

    Mar 20, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Ranger will leave and I don’t blame him. You are a joke Hughton wasting £3M on average championship player. NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR NUFC. Couldn’t score in a brothel, had 3 good chances, enough is enough get him off.

  • baro

    Mar 20, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Bucks Mag

    HaHa !! I was watching the game, and I saw you!!!
    Good Job of what you did!

  • baro

    Mar 20, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #16


    I absolutely hate Best at the moment, but how the hell can he not score for us when he had 8 goals for Coventry this season? We are supplying him good because remember his header was a perfect pass but he missed, Carroll gives him 200 passes a game he stilll can’t doshit with ball.

  • GeordieMeerkat

    Mar 21, 2010 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #17

    Even if you ignore Best’s extremely poor form, his selection to replace Lovenkrands still doesn’t make sense.

    The one thing he has shown is that he’s decent at holding up the ball but that’s not really necessary when playing alongside Carroll. It’s like playing Butt and Smith together, it just doesn’t work.

    In fact our recent success has been through having a smart and willing runner in Lovenkrands playing off Carroll. Yet another reason why Ranger would have been the better selection particularly if brought on near the end when City looked knackered.

    Heck, even Pancrate would have been worth a go.

    If Best is to get another chance it should be in place of Carroll.

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 21, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Best got him self into some good positions and could have had two of he different shoot straight at the keeper. I really dont see how he is better than ranger though and cant see him suceeding. We dont have room for two strikers than cannot score.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 21, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Totally unnecessary purchase getting Best. Even Shola is better and it’s now hampering Ranger’s progress.

    If we had 2-3m, why on earth didn’t we push more for Moses or even have gotten Ambrose back. Best for that money is a total no brainer.

    If Ranger goes I’ll be gutted

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 21, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #20

    just left this reponse in the artical before this one,
    but also aplies in here:)

    lindsay // Mar 20, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Why the stick for best??? ok he hasn’t pulled any trees up yet but he has hardly had enough minutes on the pitch to form a partnership with anyone, it’s at times like this he needs support not slagging off and to call him a donkey (catchy in norway) is disgraceful!!!

    not sure if you have noticed what is going on with our team, but we have kids comming through that had show in the tiny glimpse CH has aloud them , that we have very good players waiting to come through, ranger is twice the player best is, but gets to warm the bench, its fans like you and JACKDNUFC why we will never min anything, arrr give him a chance , he’s trying,, sorry it dont wash ,, we are a much bigger team than every other team in this division, and i bet not one of the teams in the top 5 would touch him ,, never mind the teams in the prem,( bambi amobi) is even better and i dont think he is good enough,,,,


    im not saying ranger should be given a starting place every game, for me , when fit it should be lovenkrands/ carol,,,, but give the next best a chance ,, in my opinion, its ranger,, always been solid when has started or came on as a sub,,,

    if you accept donkeys like him for our team, then , WE WILL BE BACK DOWN HERE IN 2 YEARS TIME,

  • noir9

    Mar 21, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #21

    It was Best’s first start for a while, give the lad a chance. We are far to quick to judge players, don’t think he cost big money as he was out of contract at the end of the season. Chris thought we needed someone to replace harewood & for what ever reason couldn’t get beckford or moses. I would like to see ranger get more game time but chris see’s him everyday in training so just maybe he is a better judge? Oh sorry I forgot he isn’t good enough either.

  • ash1001

    Mar 21, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #22

    Yeh Ed, agree with you, the two goals were sloppy, Harper is far to slow in getting down to the ball and like on Wednesday, where he spilled two shots, not that Scunthorpe had many more, he did it again yesterday, and there was also the one before that that he let sail just over the cross bar, without even making sure that was what it was going to do, I think it is time Krull had his chance before he is up and off. As for the second goal, once again it was bad defensive work by Simpson, he did it against Watford a sloppy pass across the back from which they scored, and yesterday as he does nearly all of the time he lets the winger run at him then allows him to go inside, rather than force him wide or meet him further up the pitch. Surely the coaches can see this, and get it sorted, Enrique always tries keep the opponent on the outside of him, I know Simpson is young and hopefully will learn and do it quickly. Will still take the draw but its games like those that are a test and we are scraping something out of them which is good.

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 21, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #23

    who isnt
    CH or ranger?

  • greekgeordie

    Mar 21, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #24

    Houghton made a tactical move at half time that changed tge game, Bristol was playing 3-5-2 and it is always difficult to break them up using traditional wingers, so he asked Jonas to start moving more into the centre in order to draw their defence in allowing Sompson to overlap on the right, and move Routledge to the left with Enrique doing his usual raids.
    As for Best it is a mistake to be used ahead of Ranger in the absence of Loven but there must be a something that we do not know between Ranger and CH and I am afraid that we will loose Ranger in the Summer.
    If we beat Forrest at SJP next week will need only three more wins from the other 8 games to be mathematically certain of Premier football next season.

  • MacToon

    Mar 21, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Imo it was a good game except we lost but both teams played well and we had the ball so much. Best was terrible and really needs to improve his skill level as his first touch was heavy, the last 20 minutes he played alot better but still. hope he improves and I believe Hughton left him on because he thought he’d score and even get the winner and things would change. A small gamble that didn’t pay off.

    Carroll on the other hand is getting better and better, has there every been such a thing as a “lanky Shearer” because that’s how he seemed at times and only let down by his strike partner’s touch and reading of the game. No don’t harp on about the “no. 9 shirt” but this lad has improved so much this season and great to see.

    Colo was great and Jonas changed the game but Enrique has become a different class player here at SJP and hopefully stays for next season as he’s become one of our most consistent players.

    All in all a good game, Newcastle I thought played much much better than say 2 months ago and dare I say I was ENTERTAINED. 🙂

  • MacToon

    Mar 21, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #26

    lol we drew not lost ! I know it felt like a loss but good 1 point away in the end.

  • Bucks mag

    Mar 21, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #27

    Watched the Football League Show wasn’t on it which was a shame. Ah well.
    pearceet – I got to the corner flag to hug the players, the stewards picked me up to throw me out but as I went past the toon fans they grabbed on to me and pulled me back. Really pleased I did it in the end.
    Still after I got back to the stands I got a text from a mate saying he saw me, it was absolutely insane…


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