There were some positive things Chris Hughton could take out of the game on Saturday, and even for the doom and gloomers there was also some good ammunition, especially in that woeful first half.
Chris Hughton – lots of positives in Saturday’s game
One big positive was the attitude of the Newcastle players, who just never give up and came back from a woeful first half performance and two goals down, and with just a little more luck could have even won the game.
Chris Hughton said after the game:
“We were certainly far better second half than we were first half, and in the end we could have gone on and won the game.”
“We had good chances in that second half period. We were disappointed with some aspects of the first half, where we didn’t get to grips with the game.”
“We said to the players before the game that because of the way PSV play, it would be a very tactical game and we didn’t get close enough to them, and when we gained possession we didn’t keep hold of it well enough.”
“We probably did all the things wrong first half that they did right. But we were able to put that right second half.”
We have noticed there are negative attitudes on Tyneside, mainly because big money is not being paid out like in the olden days, when we made some of the worst signings of any club in the Premier League.
But maybe when we do fairly well next season, they will be the ones who will again come out next summer and say it was obvious we would do quite well.
Just like there are far too many now on Tyneside justifying how easy it was for Newcastle to get promoted – because it was so obvious we were still a PL class side 12 months ago.
Unfortunately that doesn’t quite jibe with what those same people were saying last summer, when we were going to do a Leeds United and be relegated to League One – even Malcolm MacDonald predicted that – although he may have conveniently forgotten about that article.
Funny how retrospect changes everything one year later, isn’t it?