We Didn’t Take Our Chances – Chris Hughton

Chris Hughton claimed after this afternoon’s game that Newcastle’s 2-0 home defeat against Blackpool was a reality check, and that Newcastle had as many chances as they had against Aston Villa, when they won 6-0.

Chris Hughton – a reality check today

Blackpool captain Charlie Adam gave the Tangerines the lead just before half time from the penalty spot after Smith was adjudged to have brought down Luke Varney, but it looked like a soft penalty.

And then DJ Campbell wrapped up the win with a breakaway goal on 90 minutes, with Newcastle pressing to save their unbeaten home record of 16 months.

Chris Hughton was left a little frustrated by the many chances that were created in this game and which the Magpies failed to put away, despite a brilliant game from Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks.

Chris was not too happy at his side’s failure to take their chances and he said after the game:

“It was a tough afternoon,” “If you go back to where we were a few weeks ago against Aston Villa, we probably had eight good chances and put six of them away.””We had the equal amount of chances today but we were unable to score and it was a reality check for us from where we are and what a tough division we’re in.”

“All you ask from your players is to get in the right positions and to put the ball in the back of the net and today we didn’t.”

Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks produced a string of superb saves with the best one being with 2 minutes to go as he somehow blocked a goal-bound shot from Andy Carroll.

Chris continued:

“We conceded a goal just before half-time which put us on the back foot coming out for the second half.”

“You have to give them credit as they kept the ball in periods of the game which they were able to do so and that frustrated us.”

“But it’s points lost for us not least for the percentage of the ball we had.”

It’s rather unbelievable that Blackpool can come to Newcastle and win – because, as we said in our preview of the game, this is the one match where Newcastle had the best chance of a win all season.

After all, as Blackpool manager Ian Holloway said after the game today, we finished 32 points ahead of Blackpool in the Championship last season, although the Tangerines did inflict our first defeat of the season at Bloomfield Road on 16th September last year, when they won 2–1.

Well we didn’t win today, whatever the reason, and Chris is right – it’s a reality check of just how difficult a league the Premier League is these days.

And it’s certainly not good to give 3 points away at home, to another team expected to struggle with relegation this season.

Comments welcome.

56 comments so far

  • toonster88

    Sep 11, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #1

    try 4-4-2 next time dear CH.even the best of strikers in the epl (shearer,henry,drogba,owen,nistelrooy) all of them needed partners.AND CARROLL IS NONE OF THEM

  • Edd Case

    Sep 11, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #2

    We were crap and if we cant beat Blackpool at home, we should expect trouble.

    That said, we are not the team of two seasons ago and I expect us to play a lot better at Everton and a point there would show that I am right in that this team is altogether a different and better outfit than that of the relegation season.

    Besides, I just watched Barcelona lose at home to Hercules 0-2 – not many would have said that would happen but what it shows is that football throws up results you don’t expect.
    Who knows, maybe we’ll win 3-1 at Everton like we did at Arsenal a few years ago when a certain French player did well…oh for a repeat.

  • MacToon

    Sep 11, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Everton were really good against Man U today!

    We’re we really crap? I don’t think so, just a bad mistake by Smith changed the game and our inability to get past their inspired keeper.

  • GeordieDan

    Sep 11, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #4

    That’s what happens when you play the same effing team again and again and again.

    Sooner or later other teams will learn exactly how you play and how to beat you.


    Beggars belief. Lovenkrands must be fuming he isn’t getting played.

    AAArrrrggghhhh!! So frustrated by that result and so avoidable-So bloody negative tactics as well.

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 11, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #5

    wer played terrible we wer doin long ball constantly our passing was terrible, i agree that their keeper played well but we just didnt play aswel as we all know we can, on a more positive note Ben arfa looked really comfortable on the ball and im looking forward to seeing more of him =] we must improve next week because if we play like this and everton play the way they did we will be in trouble full stop .

  • photocox

    Sep 11, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Like I said before: cup final mentality is needed for every game – even those that appear to be our easier ones “on paper”. That two-week break broke our momentum. Let’s hope we can get it back!

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 11, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #7

    agree dan

  • Solaidback

    Sep 11, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Oh what a shock. the scaremongers are out again.. we’re doomed, we’re gonna get relegated, we’re crap, we need a new striker.. blah blah blah…..

    Smith hardly touch the guy & he fell over, it was an opportunity for them & the ref fell for it…. their goalie was in awesome form & no matter what we threw at them, he stopped, it’s not as if we didn’t have plenty of chances, we just couldn’t get anything out of them….

    Well at least it’s out of the way now, we just need to move on & get behind the lads no matter what the outcome of these games are…. HWTL..

  • Thump

    Sep 11, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Gilk definitely deserves MoM. That shot he saved from Barton was a beauty, as was a few others.

    Nolan just hasn’t got the pace to play where he is. Same problem he had against Wolves, every ball going to him ended up wandering over his head, or just in front of him. I wonder if he’s carrying a knock or something, because if he is he should make way for somebody who wants it a little more.

  • Thump

    Sep 11, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #10

    @solaidback: lol, the ref fell for it? Mr. Lee Mason of 20 minutes added time whenever he’s reffing Manchester United – the team he doesn’t support – when they’re one down?

    Varner (I think?) had about 5 or 6 fouls and to what I heard wasn’t carded once. I mean honestly, if that had been Joey he’d have been off long before then!

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 11, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #11

    we cant play tht formation week in week out thou we need a plan b for games like today when wer behind or teams are just going to look and see well they can only play one way and we cant keep lookin to ameobi to get us out of trouble anall why the hell was ranger not on bench instead if him u do not know.!!
    we wont be relegated i still think we’l finish between 8th and 12th but i would like to see different more positive tactics especially at home and getting beat

  • maltese NUFC

    Sep 11, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Smudger lost as the game today.poor tackling 2 minutes from ht…I couldnt believe it!!! the attacker was surrounded by other players…he was really slow today.

    I dont agree with you in regard of the system. i think it works fine. 13 shots ON GOAL….thats quite a lot, and their goalie had the game of his life. on another day we would have taken something out of the game.

    I am bit concerned how we play the high line (offside game) it’s quite risky in my opinion. and our CB aren’t pacey

    Smith cant play all the matches, and tiote wasnt bought to sit on the bench, i am guessing that tiote will start against everton.

    Unfortunately we missed a lot of chances in a must win game, but lets get the spirits up

    Arfa looks a gem but he isnt used to the pace of the English game and isnt quite fit yet…..

    Cheer up lads…we need a reaction next game…a spirited draw would do!!!!

    regards from Malta

    I was coming to watch the match today at St.James from Malta…thank god i didnt

  • Toon XI

    Sep 11, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #13

    CH frustrates the he’ll outta me. For all the hardwork he has put in and success in uniting the squad, he wastes it on matchdays. I believe his lack of tactics hurt us today. Yes, we missed chances, but we should have come with our strongest 11 right from the first whistle. For all his talk of not taking a team lightly I believe CH did that very thing today. Hopefully today’s loss whe scare CH into making tougher more creative decisions.

  • SL_toon

    Sep 11, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #14

    We need to get behind the CH and the team. If we start getting on the players backs, it’ll ruin the morale and hamper our new signings’ transition into the team. So, come on lads, lets cheer this team on to survive in this league! Bad results will come, but its how we shake them off and face the next challenges that matters. So, support our team to do that!


  • SL_toon

    Sep 11, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #15

    And maybe smudge had a bad game. He gave his all for the last few games before this. Lets give him time to improve in the next one before calling for his head and asking for Tiote to come in. And i’m still not convinced Tiote and Arfa are ready for the EPL. They need to be eased into it. So, till then, we’ll have to play our current first 11.


  • CT

    Sep 11, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #16

    As I said earlier, Charlie Adam ran the show, B`pool played long diagonal balls all day, n we din`t have the technical nouse on the pitch or in the dugout to change it! Yeh on another day we could have had 4 or 5, but how many times on the break did they have 1 or 2 extra men? Worried!!! Blackpool for crisesake!

  • Oba

    Sep 11, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Perch has been booked in all 4 games.


  • Toon XI

    Sep 11, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #18

    People are saying that today’s result was a freak result. Actually the Villa game was the freak result. Today’s score fits in with the 3-0 thrashing at ManU and the 1-1 wasted tie at Wolves.

    There is a pattern showing that we will struggle for goals this season. Hopefully Tiote and HBA can impact our squad’s lack of cutting edge in front of the net.

  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 11, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #19

    I can’t believe some of the stuff I’m reading!

    Blackpool had 4 shots on target and scored 2. We had 17 and scored 0. It wasn’t about tactics or the players chosen, it was about having a bad day.

    Before the game most of us said we should stick with the same team as they were ‘undroppable’ at the moment. Now, all of a sudden, Hughton’s a clueless idiot, whose tactics ‘lost us the game’?

    GET A GRIP!!!

    We are 13th after 4 games. We need to be 17th or higher after 38 games. There are still 3 worse teams (at least) than us.

    Also, this is all forgetting, we played Blackpool off the park in the second half.

    One game doesn’t make a season. Just as after Villa we didn’t think we’d finish in Europe, after this game we shouldn’t think we’ll definitely get relegated

  • Toon XI

    Sep 11, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #20

    HTL –

    I don’t think we’ll be relegated, but I don’t think we’ll finish higher than 15th either. I’ll take any position at year end as long as it is not in bottom three. Also, I never had belief in CH’s tactics prior to the Villa game and immediately thereafter. He has done an admirable job but lacks creativity on game day. It is what it is.

    I agree that one game is not a season, but I am concerned at our lack on ability to score (villa game was an aberration).

    Let’s hope for a spirited showing at Goodison Park.

  • baro

    Sep 11, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #21

    We did really well today setting up the chances but we just couldn’t finish like Chris Hughton said. We had tons of chances but just couldn’t finish. I hope we bounce back with Ryan Taylor in for Perch, and Tiote in for Smith and Ben Arfa in for Nolan.

  • baro

    Sep 11, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #22




    ————————–Ben Arfa———————


  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 11, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #23

    I’d go for:




    Routledge————-Nolan—————-Ben Arfa


  • baro

    Sep 11, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #24

    Our best squad




    —————Ben Arfa————-Barton———–



  • baro

    Sep 11, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #25

    Howay The Lads

    Your squad looks regular but seriously??? No Jonas Guiterrez?????????

  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 11, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Gutierrez has been pathetic this season. By far our worst player in my opinion – even worse than Perch!

    He gets the ball beats one or two men then shoots/crosses into the side netting. Every time! Every so often I could handle, but it is every time, without fail.

    I’m sick of him. Today I really wanted him to do well, and was looking out for all the good things he did, but there were so few.

    Routledge has everyhing he has AND can get the odd cross or shot very accurate, not to mention, when he cuts inside he often gets a through ball in. Gutierrez does not. It’s one of them things. People are more willing to drop Routledge because he doesn’t have as good a name as Gutierrez! Or that’s how I make it out to be

  • Toon XI

    Sep 11, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #27

    I agree with HTL. Drop Jonas for HBA. Leave Routledge in the line up.

    Jonas looks bad so far.

  • aemagpie

    Sep 11, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #28

    by the way henry for wolves broke zamoras leg

  • G

    Sep 11, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #29

    What HTL says makes sense, however, I just like to think that Jonas never is, and never was a left winger. Even Crazy Diego knew that at the world cup.

  • Irie-Magpie

    Sep 11, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Lads, i think all yer points are valid but , this was just what it was a organized football team that came to SJP and went for it, just as we did when we went to Molinuex, none the less if ye look around the leagues today you’ll see it was a underdog weekend. Lets not start losing our heads here.. lets hope CH uses this and tell the lads to go for it, play each game like if it’s stay up or go down (which it is) …TOON ARMY!!

  • jimiley

    Sep 11, 2010 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Jonas is a winger who cannot cross and cannot shoot or score. He plays for Argentina. I know why they did not win the World Cup. Shape up son or ship out.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Sep 11, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Ther was nothing wrong with the team choice today, we absolutely battered them! I was at the match and we had about five 1 on 1’s, we should of finished all of them and i doubt anyone would be complaining if we won 5-2?

  • MonsterMagnet

    Sep 12, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #33

    I agree with the points made about Routledge – he is our most consistent winger. Jonas is good, but in a different way. I can’t say I ever seen him put in a good cross, but he does have an excellent understanding with Enrique, who learnt how to cross in the Championship last season.

    As for Nolan and Carroll up front together – it works against center backs like that poor Villa lad who Carroll has the beating of, but when Carroll is not 100% on song, it can be very ineffective. Nolan doesn’t play in the hole, he plays one minute as a forward and the next as a midfield player. His contribution to the team is great when Carroll is holding the fort up top, but when he needs assistance, it isn’t there. We need to be more fluid in attack if we are to play one up. If Nolan doesn’t have the legs to get up and chase with Carroll, Jonas and Routledge need to be encouraged to do so. Hopefully HBA can be a wing player who has the creativity and vision to range forward and support a lone striker. Otherwise, I can’t see how ‘traditional’ wingers and one striker can work when that one striker isn’t 100% on his game. I just hope Carroll is given time by the fans if we are going to play this system week in week out.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Sep 12, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #34

    Excellent comment, just one of them days I’m afraid, the stats says it all. On Another day maybe a different result but not today, football is footballl and sometimes it throws up these results.
    I would rather Ben arfa was played directly through the middle just behind the attacker Nolan should drop a little bit back and Tiote should play instead of Smith as he is a natural DM.
    Tactically Hoots has got it right, just needs to bed his new players in.

  • Sawbuck

    Sep 12, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #35

    I’m still on the floor with this. I ‘ve hardly been able to speak since the game.

    I don’t know why I am – the club always deal a savage blow to us when you don’t expect it.

    Points to Colo for showing good aggression.

  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 12, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #36

    Monster, you summed up the Nolan positioning perfectly, which is basically not ‘in the hole’. Most of the time he’s up as an out-and-out striker, in which case I just think we should play Loverman

  • ToOn_26

    Sep 12, 2010 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #37

    Surely Smith & Nolan have to be dropped for the next game.

  • costello91

    Sep 12, 2010 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #38

    Hey lads if you get a chance watch bpools 2nd goal again. Watch perch chase back he starts off jogging then wen it’s too late sprints and makes up ground like usain bolt! Now me for 1 shows lack of effort and desire to win a game from him! He could of stopped that goal but lazed back and bang 2-0 game over

  • Brutooon

    Sep 12, 2010 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #39

    after i watch the game, we were UNLUCKY for the blackpool match

    They score a crucial goal before half time – which is the best time to score

    Carroll,Lovenkrands, Nolan and Barton got a good chances but the keeper deny it

    Ben Arfa looks a very good player, 18 mins play he contribute more than Jonas play 72 mins

    and BARCA also lose 0-2 to Hercules so that really made by day

    Look at the positive side, this is a wakeup call for the players. The Premierleague is a tough league

  • atom

    Sep 12, 2010 at 5:18 AM

    Comment #40

    I have not watched the game as it does not air Stateside until Sunday AM, I have to say I am massively disappointed. Not getting at least a point at home to the odds on favorite to get relegated is not good. Bouncing back next week is crucial, as loosing 2 on the bounce even though it is still early days is a recipe for bad things.



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