Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has reflected on the game at Wolves on Saturday afternoon, when the lads came away with a good point, and Chris said he was not at all surprised at the way Wolves played their rather physical game.
Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood– Newcastle coaches
Newcastle went for the win against Wolves, and had a great first half, but the only thing they couldn’t do was put the ball in the net, as they spurned chance after chance.
That was until Wolves went ahead just before half time, and Chris today reflected on the game he was disappointed not to win:
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It was very competitive, but it’s impossible to go to Wolves and not have that type of the game.” “So far we have had three very different games since being promoted, and you have to deal with them in different ways.”
“We have done very well after getting promoted.” “I’m disappointed in some ways because I thought we could have come away with a win. We started very well and had the best chances of the game.”
“We knew how they play and the tempo of their game.” “You can’t afford to be on the back foot against Wolves, so we had to start well and we did.”
“Barton and Henry are two whole-hearted players.” “They are the type of players you want to see in the game.” “It was a blow when they scored, but it was a great response from us in the second half.”
It was a blow when Wolves scored at almost the perfect time, just before half time, after being second best in that first half.
But Newcastle are a fighting side these days, and managed to come back from one down, away from home through a superb header from 6’5″ Andy Carroll, from an excellent free kick from Joey Barton, and Chris again talked about the big striker who is making all the headlines so far this season at Newcastle.
“He’s a threat and yet his performance over 90 minutes was one of his lesser performances.”
“He was excellent at Old Trafford and against Aston Villa last week. This was a dip in his standards if anything”
“But as he showed with his goal he is always a threat, whether it’s from open play or set plays.”
Chris is very truthful with his players and it was a dip in form from the big lad, who missed an open goal from just 6 yards out, set up for him perfectly by captain Kevin Nolan in the first half.
But Andy also played with a slight ankle injury, which we hope gets every chance to heal before the Blackpool game in 12 days time, although ‘hes supposed to be playing for the England U21 side during the International break.