Chris Hughton Has A Mammoth Job On His Hands This Season

In truth the lads were well beaten last night, and  if the Red Devils had taken some of their clear-cut chances in the second half the score-line could also have been a  lot worse.

Dimitar Berbatov gets first goal last night

So if any Newcastle fans thought we could do a miracle last night and be as good as Manchester United we are not – although only a short six years ago we were – but now seem a million miles away.

But we cannot take this game and think we are hopeless because let’s face it – the Red Devils are one of the world’s top club sides – and we aren’t – so give the lads some credit last night  – they never once dropped their heads,  although we were just outplayed by a better side.

Chris Hughton was his usual pragmatic self after the game  – although he admitted to be disappointed at the result.

This is what Chris said after the game:

“At this moment of course I’m very disappointed,” “We knew it would be a very tough task coming here particularly with the form United are in having seen them beat Chelsea last week.”“When you see the team sheet and you see the changes they’ve made, the quality they’ve got – you know it’s going to be a tough task.”

“We set about it the right way and until the first goal I think we were able to limit them to minimal chances. Arguably the Andy Carroll chance was the best one in the first half.”

“Manchester United are a good possession team. You need to go in at half-time level and I think the fact they scored when they did made it difficult to us. I was disappointed with the first and third goal – I think that is typical Manchester United.”

“We had possession but on the turnover they are so clinical. Within seven or eight seconds they have the ball in our net and if there is a lesson to be learned it is the quality of the teams we’re playing.”  “We should also remember we won’t be playing Manchester United in every game. ” “We have come out with some positives – we showed a lot of character at times and good shape at times.”

“We need to take that spirit into forthcoming games.”

It was only going to end up one way after Manchester got that first goal through Berbatov, and until then Steve Harper didn’t have a save to make and the defense, especially Williamson and Coloccini in the center, were very good and kept that form throughout the game, when other players with less heart would have cracked.

Hughton will now try to take as much out of this game as possible as the coaches and the players review the tapes and try to learn form the mistakes that were made.

And for players like Williamson and Perch – who have never played at this top level before – it will be a terrific experience for them – and they will only get better from it.

The next game against Aston Villa on Sunday will not be too much easier either, so they can expect another tough game where points will be very difficult to take.

Chris continued:

“The big difference is we were a very big team last season,” We know it’s going to be a lot tougher this year and there are games that we need to take points from.”

“The most important thing is to maintain the spirit we had last year.” “One defeat is not going to affect that. For us we have to remember that we won’t be playing Manchester United every week.”

“We’re not going to be the only team that come away from Old Trafford not having got anything.”

If there’s one thing that we were delighted with last night – it was the way the lads never gave up their task – and accolades must go out to them for sticking to it – when they were often getting ripped apart by a much superior side.

Teams with lesser spirit would have ended up on the end of a much bigger score-line last night than the lads took, and that tremendous spirit will help us get some points against the more mortal teams in the league this season.

But it’s also clear that we just don’t have the class in the team to match the big boys anymore, and we now have two weeks left in the transfer window, and the club must get in at least 3 good players to make Chris Hughton’s task a little easier.

As it stands Chris Hughton has a mammoth job on his hands for this season.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Aug 17, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    People, I would like to sharing my opinion about the game last night, i think the big mistake our lads do is keep defense and clear the ball nowhere…

    Harper- Do well but not good performs like always.

    Colocini&William- Doing well in 30minute first half and after that look too tired maybe because chasing ball around our attacking side, doing a little mistake which cost us goal. But overall, they have show class quality, if we have good backup in midfields, MU can’t ever score.

    Perch&Jose- Perch is not a good (RB), and the point he be RB is because there no good RB in our team. Am I right? Jose not performs very well today, make too many mistakes and cost us a goal, not as fast as always, where he energy? Maybe MU player too fast for him to chase or Jose not fit enough.

    Routledge&Jonas- to me Jonas not fit enough for the game last night, he not as good as always, easy falling down, can’t dribble very well and worse defense, and not run fast like always. Routledge is good but no quality in passing maybe no backup from perch, when he got ball, there will be 3 MU players will hold him. Time will improve him in my opinion.

    Barton&Smith- Barton makes too many mistakes, but when he make long pass, he brilliant. The mistake he makes, in defense and pass short ball. He always loss ball to MU player, he our most experience EPL player, but to me, William more useful than him, maybe because he rest for injury too long. Smith is good, but good when he does tackle. Does he just know how to tackle and collect card? Very worse passing, and sometimes I don’t know what he doing. And to me, he can’t play midfield along with barton. Where my Gutrie, where Lovenkrand?
    Nolan- He not a SS and also not an attacking midfield, don’t know what to say about our captain, disappointed with him, but maybe if CH give him CM position, maybe game last night will be different, he can make good pass.

    Carroll- He brilliant, fast, and very good player last night. I see him as another Drogba. Sometimes he at defense position and make good clearance, sometime in attacking side doing good shooting and header. He big, and fast, compare to Drogba, he is another Drogba in future. Common guy, he just 21year, but he doing a good job last night. The commentator always mention his name, and camera man also focus on him. He more got attention from people than Rooney last night.

    Overall or lads doing a good job, perform well enough, just need to improve at midfield side, so here we need another midfield and I’m very glad when read news about Ben Arfa and Fer. And listen to Fergie comment about last night, I feel our team will sure surive this season and maybe make shock to other team after we have new player. MU score 3 goal last night, but all of them is not easy to have, just our lads doing little mistake.

    From Rashid. Malaysia Newcaslte Diehard Fans. Howay The Lads.

  • roy cropper

    Aug 17, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    a 3 zip hammering & it could/should have been much worse.

    if the fat one dont invest some dosh before the window SLAMS shut then the next time it opens for business could be to late to save us.

  • Sinner

    Aug 17, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Hughton seems to be forgetting that it is this team which was relegated one year ago.And now he thinks bringing 1 championship player,nearly retired player and an injured one,would make the team survive?Well,what was he thinking?O_0
    Newcastle are bound to get relegated once again unless they buys a lots of good players.When saying good player,i dont mean the likes of perch.
    Get Bellamy,Arfa and Fer.
    And what has happened to the Albin case?
    A month ago,ive heard that he had already made a pre-contract with newcastle?

  • Solaidback

    Aug 17, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    You can say that agains & I hope that Ashley realises that too or we’ll be in deep doo doo by Xmas.. 🙁

    Having watched the match on TV, I wasn’t that impressed with Barton, he didn’t take control of Scholes because if he had, Manc Usa wouldn’t have had so much control over the game, it was like our 5 man midfield against Paul Scholes & he won every battle… dismal 🙁

    We defo need more fire power up front, Jonas & Routledge did well to get some of these crosses in & the team as a whole played well but for teh last 15 mins, I was praying we’d not let another goal in, because as it stands, we’re 4th from bottom & I’ll take that at the end of the season if offered 🙂

  • awc88

    Aug 17, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    the thing that dissapointed me mosy was how dour Houghton was before the match.

    it was so depressing trying to get up for a match when you your manager says more or less in every interview yeah we going to get beat.

  • murvar

    Aug 17, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Calm down! Calm down! This is nonsense. It’s no disgrace to be whupped at Old Trafford – it can happen to Arsenal Chelsea Inter and Barca. Our season will not be judged by results there or at Stamford Bridge. It will rest on results at Wolverhammpton Wigan Blackpool and West Brom. This set of players is more than capable of succeeding there. I will never forgive Ashley for his betrayal of us, but his approach is right for these changed times; he shouldn’t just spend on inflated wages for mediocre players – we saw where that got us before. I would be perfectly happy if the “top” 4 in England cleared off to a Euro Super league and left proper clubs to get on with it within a sensible financial structure not dominated by Sky and the Premier League.

  • murvar

    Aug 17, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Mind – we’ll never win owt if Rout and Jose keep on giving the ball away as they did last night.

  • nightfa11

    Aug 17, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8

    chris got scared..again… i mean smith? really? if barton would have someone who could pass to..& could expect a pass from it would be easier. SAF intimidated chris by selecting the strongest team (on paper) & that was the end of it.

    i dont get it why we go there & defend ourselves when we are strongest when we attack?!

    i dont know..perhaps smith played cos moyes is after him & wanted to see how he’s doing..i dont know..but that tactics is terrible.. carroll cant do anything by himself upfront..we should play with speedy ranger if we want to surprise anyone.. carroll needs support.

    i really hope we get arfa


    Aug 17, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9


    Guthrie is our only creative midfielder and he was injuried weith a minor knee injurie ………..


    Get rid of Xisco ……….

  • Davies

    Aug 17, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #10

    I agree wtih Murvar here. I wasn’t expecting anything from last night’s game. Sure, I was disappointed to lose 3-0, but it could have been a lot worse.

    I was impressed that there wasn’t the same capitulation as we’ve had with Man U in the past (6-0 and 5-1 a few years back). The team carried on about their task as they should have even after conceding the third.

    There were some decent individual efforts; Carroll looked really good. He was strong and fast and didn’t look even slightly intimidated by the players he was up against. Shame he didn’t bang that header in.

    I think we should be okay with one or two more additions. Let’s not go into blind panic and start acting like we lost 7-1 to Orient again. Most teams will lose at Old Trafford this season, some by far larger margins.

  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    malaysia rashid

    “carroll- He brilliant, fast, and very good player last night. I see him as another Drogba. Sometimes he at defense position and make good clearance, sometime in attacking side doing good shooting and header. He big, and fast, compare to Drogba, he is another Drogba in future. Common guy, he just 21year, but he doing a good job last night. The commentator always mention his name, and camera man also focus on him. He more got attention from people than Rooney last night.

    *lol your comparing carroll to drogba, i agree carroll had a really good game last night, but he cant be mentioned, and never will in the same league to even do up drogbas boots, carroll fast???????????? are you kidding me, he couldnt run the 100m in under 14 seconds, he is so slow, but thats not what hes about, he is strong, and good in the air, and a handful, i would say he is like Duncan Ferguson in my opinion

  • Doha Mag

    Aug 17, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #12

    As expected we lost but what is more the concern is the strength of last nights players on the bench; i.e not a lot of experience.

    Here’s me thinking we only needed a further 3 players but belive it could be as many as 5 if we are stay the course in the PL

    Come-on MA, you need to spend some cash bonny lad!!!!!

  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #13

    we dont need to spend much cash really.

    Bring in a couple of players on loan, and a couple of shrewd signings aswell, maybe luke young and pennant (worth a risk, would cost about 2m) and would give us some much needed creativity

  • WLtoon

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Me personally,im not sxpecting Ashley to give Hughton any money,nor do i expect to get Arfa.
    They,ll come up with some cock n bull story as to why we did,nt get him or anyonre else for that matter.
    Im not worried about last nights game but i will be worried if we dont get some sort of result on sunday.
    For me Villa is a game where we should be looking to win,not to grind out a draw.
    My worry this season is that Hughton will play not to lose games instead of taking the game to opponents,especially at home.
    He,s failed in the last 2 attempts at manageing a team in the prem,and to be honest,i cant see him doing much better this time either.
    His job though,is made much more difficult by having a penny pinching owner who only has his own wallet as his interest.
    Ive weighed up all the teams squads in the prem and i would take 4th bottom now.
    If we go down Ashley wont be bothered,he,ll still have his millions and his parachute payment.
    Its fine keeping spending down to save financial ruin,but to give the manager nothing is a disgrace and asking for trouble.
    At the end of the day its Hughton who will carry the can by getting the sack.
    If Ashley thinks that winning the CCC is good enough to appease the fans then he should think again.
    The transfer window closes in 2 wks and if he has,nt gave the manager any money to strengthen the team he WILL feel the wrath of the fans once again.


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