Both Debutant Defenders Played Well Says Hughton

We thought Mike Williamson had a good game on Monday night but that James Perch struggled, and it was the very first game in the Premier League for both players.

James Perch – good game on Monday night?

But Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has come out today and said he thought both players did well against the Red Devils.

This is what Chris said to the Newcastle Journal today:

“I was pleased with both of them – particularly Mike. They were up against pretty much the best around and they did well,”

“It was a tough one for both of them at Manchester United when they were up against Wayne Rooney, Nani and Dimitar Berbatov but I thought they equipped themselves as well as they could on a tough night.”

“Mike made the one mistake which he got away with but other than that I thought he was very comfortable against some great players. The likes of Rooney, Berbatov – their movement is superb and it’s a tough night for any defender, especially one making his debut in the Premier League.”

“I have no worries about Mike. He is a good player, a good trainer and he only wants to get better. He is the sort of player who takes things in and he will have learned from Monday. I think that both of them will only get better for the experience.”

To be fair to James, he has often looked a solid player and we think he will learn big time from his experience of Monday night, but he will have to learn his lessons fast if he is to keep his place in the side, once other defenders like Sol Campbell and Danny Simpson are fit again.

Hughton’s players were back in training at Benton yesterday to prepare themselves for Aston Villa on Sunday.

Although the season didn’t get off to the sort of performance he wanted to see, Hughton still thinks things are in place for a successful survival fight this season.

Chris continued:

“The disappointment of losing hasn’t gone away,” “We don’t like to lose any games but the reality is that we always knew it was going to be tough. There will be plenty of clubs beaten at Old Trafford this season and the season starts again for us on Sunday.”

“For 33 minutes the performance was everything that I wanted from us. We limited them to a few chances and probably had the best chance, to be honest.”

“But I was really disappointed with the timing of the goals. To lose the goal, the most important thing was to get to half-time without conceding another one but we did.”

“I think we have to make sure we don’t switch off at crucial times like that in future games and that is what I will reminding the players of before the Aston Villa game.”

The Aston Villa game takes on a little more importance on Sunday afternoon, because the lads must get their act together soon, and start to pick up some points, and we must cut out the silly mistakes in defense that cost us at least two goals against Manchester United.

We’ve all learned before that you cannot give silly goals away at the highest levels of English football and still expect to pick up points, so we are looking forward to a solid game from the lads on Sunday, and a win would be terrific.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • WesJameson

    Aug 20, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Hate to be the doom monger, but we are PROPER F****** this season again, the only player worth a pinch of salt is Big Sol

  • WesJameson

    Aug 20, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    I meant of the players that have come in

  • yskel

    Aug 20, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Tough night for perch. You could tell he was nervous and that he lacked some understanding with those around him. Give him some more time and i reckon he has the raw attributes to be very decent.

    I mean how well did Jose do at LB on his debut??

    Give the lad a chance to prove if he is or isn’t prem class. Before you tar him with the can’t hack it brush.

    Personally after a shaky first half i thought he did ok in the second.

  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 20, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #4

    yskel –

    you were watching a different game then mate.

    I think if perch doesnt pul his finger out in first half against villa he’ll lose his first team spot to R taylor

  • yskel

    Aug 20, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Nah, Goslings a good play too wes.

    Give Perch a chance, he’s not the only defender that has been given a torrid time by the Manure attack.

    Tough place to make your competitive debut like

  • yskel

    Aug 20, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6


    Game of opinions football. Personally I wasn’t that unhappy with his performance, considering opposition and how much of the ball we had.

    It was always gonna be one of the toughest games of the year.

    Whilst i have no idea if perch will be able to improve to deal with the prem. I do think you have to give him the chance to do so before you write him off.

  • donno78

    Aug 20, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Perch seems to be a very average player but is definitely better than Ryan Taylor at right back. Perch was not actually skinned by nani the threat from that wing came from evra who was not being tracked by routlage.

  • a.l 9

    Aug 20, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #8

    Personaly I thought he was pretty dodgy after picking up that yellow (which was his fault).

    Seems like a bit of a Bramble to me, although it may just be nerves this early on, but he has mad a few silly howlers (the penalty he gave away, that lunge against rangers, the yellow against man u)

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 20, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Very disappointing transfer window Campbell still isn’t fit, Gosling (good player) won’t be fit until at least January & Perch decent championship player but is he good enough for EPL? Looks like we’ll not sign any EPL class players (I hope I’m wrong) if we pick up injuries we could be in deep sh*t. Need at least 2-3 good players.

  • moonraker

    Aug 20, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #10

    freakin hell if Hughton thought Perch had a good game against Man U were doomed 🙁

  • yskel

    Aug 20, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #11


    Hughton’s only saying this to give his backing to a player that has been widely criticised. Keeping his confidence high.

    Notice how he doesn’t mention james by name and does with Mike. Its a way of letting james know you’ll have to play better to earn specific praise from me.

    The more i see of CH the better he gets

  • WesJameson

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #12

    @ yskel // Aug 20, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    You are right there mate, but the injury he has, players often come back less of a player, but he is young and what i saw from him at everton, he is very talented


    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #13

    perch was like a fish out of water and hopfully he will be kept out of the water

  • John

    Aug 20, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Jose seems to be the most over rated player evea to play4 nufc he was shit at man u and at fault for the third, Colo the clown dnt get me started i play sunday league football at CB and if i put in a half arse tackle like he did on feltcher for the goal id be dropped and wudnt play again for a while at all cost he shud ave got a block on that goal simply not good enuf get him out the door william gallas wud have been a cracking signing to partner sol, we need quiet a few players jst to survive.

  • chuck

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Well regardless of what CH said in his statement
    (we understand managers seldom slate their players) the fact is no one in the back four had a good game.
    Perch was shown to be a lightweight,constantly bullied off the ball and had little idea when in possession.
    Both CD`s. looked shaky and were prone to mistakes, especially when attempting to clear to a team-mate, frequently passing directly to the opposition.
    Enrique was responsible for goal three, having reverted to attempting to dribble the ball out of the box and lacked his usual pace, indicating either a rustyness from not playing or not yet up to par conditionwise.
    Hopefully a fit Campbell can improve the back four and insert a bit of organization, certainly something lacking in the Man. U. game.
    That may sound a bit harsh, considering the opposition, but hey, this is the PL and there are no gimee`s.

  • moonraker

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #16

    yskel re Perch; Hughton said he was pleased with both of them; ie Williamson and Perch. Williamson showed great promise but Perch struggled big time.
    However I think Hughton made it difficult for Perch by playing Routledge in front of him, who gave him more problems by losing possession and not tracking back enough.
    Anyway Hughton is not doing himself any favours with his comments and he’s gonna be under pressure from the fans if he doesn’t start speaking up to Ashley. Holloway did at Blackpool and got players in.
    I’m losing patience with Hughton’s continuing passive stance on transfers.

  • xfer

    Aug 20, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Valuable experience gained by both players no doubt.


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