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.
“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.