Chris Hughton is often thought to be a Mr. Nice Guy, but when conditions are such that he needs to lay into his players, he does just that.
Chris Hughton – gets after players when he needs to – good
One of the times he admits he got after his Newcastle players was at half time on Saturday afternoon, when after a fairly even first half at Bristol City, the lads found themselves 2-0 down away from home.
And senior players like Alan Smith have already said this season that Chris can be very tough with the players when he needs to be, although the man seems to be very controlled in public, at least most of the time.
We have noticed that emotion pours out of him when Newcastle score a goal, but then he quickly gets himself under control again. 😀
Chris talked about what happened at half time on Saturday:
“We got into a few of them at half-time, that’s all you can do,”
“”But we also stressed that one goal and we’re straight back in it.” “This was a side that was 2-0 up at home: what do they do? Do they sit back and protect that or do they go and get a third one?”
“We knew that if we got the one goal they would become a little bit nervous and try to sit back and protect the lead, and that is what happened.”
“So during half-time it was just a case of, yes, getting into them, but also giving them a belief that we could go and win the game.”
“That’s what we tried to do and I was pleased with the response because, in the end, we came so close to getting all three points.”
Chris may have to get after his players again tomorrow night at Doncaster, which looks like it could also be another tough away game.
Doncaster drew 1-1 with Sheffield United at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday, and are unbeaten in their last 6 league games, winning three of them.
They are currently placed 8th in the league and just 6 points off a play-off position.
As we said, it could be another tough away game tomorrow night.
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