Chris Hughton said after the game against Blackpool yesterday, that Newcastle’s defeat had nothing to do with the 4-5-1 formation Newcastle used, and have used in every game this season.
Chris Hughton – we missed our chances
In fact Chris has started the same 11 in every league game this season, but that’s likely to change for Everton next Saturday (3:00 pm KO).
A 2-0 loss to Blackpool at home, to end a 16 month winning streak, after beating Aston Villa 6-0 in the previous home game, is very hard to take for Newcastle fans, and in a way it’s like the loss at Scunthorpe last season.
After all, Blackpool hardly have the Premier League history of Newcastle, but they still won the game yesterday.
As we said it’s not easy to take the loss, and make no mistake about it, this was a bad defeat for the Newcastle club.
The performance wasn’t as bad as the result, but if you don’t take your chances when they are offered to you, things like this can happen, and the doom and gloomers come out of the woodwork and have a field day.
Chris said after the game:
“It was the just the way the game goes. Even in that formation we had opportunities,” “We can say we play 4-5-1, but with Kevin Nolan off the front, we see him very much as a forward player who has been good in front of goal for us.”“I don’t think it was about formations.”
“We created eight very good chances and we just won’t able to put them away.” “It was very frustrating. It wasn’t perhaps one of our better performances but we created equally as many chances as we did against Aston Villa but we weren’t able to put them away.”
“I think we just came up against an inspired goalkeeper.” “It was my first home defeat and it’s not a nice feeling,” “It was a game that we came into wanting to get three points from. I think you have to give them credit – they came with a gameplan and system, playing on the break and that style of play allowed them to score when they did.”
“I was very confident we would come up in the second half, up the tempo and continue to create chances.”
“In a performance that wasn’t one of our better performances, you’d still expect them to put one of those chances away.” “It wasn’t one of our better performances at all.”
Chris Hughton is not one to get carried away, either on the upside after a 6-0 win, or the downside, after losing at home to a side that is so heavily favored to be relegated this season, and also looked the easiest fixture of all 38 PL games this season – at least on paper.
Despite the defeat, Hughton insists that some perspective still needs to be applied to the current situation, and he’s right on that one, and knee-jerk reaction are hardly ever the right thing to do after a shock result like this one.
“Come tomorrow and the next day I’ll have the chance to pick out the positives after assessing it,” “The fact was our performance wasn’t the best we still created eight excellent chances. “I’m sure over the next seven days there will be pleasing aspects we can pick up on.”
“This was just a reminder about this division. We’re coming into it off the back off our last win and we created just as many chances but we just couldn’t put them away.” “Blackpool have come up with us but they showed their quality – it’s a wonderful result for them.”
It’s pressure time for Chris Hughton after this embarrassing loss, but he showed last season, that he may even be at his best when things have gone against the side.
But this is now the Premier League and the next game is not particularly easy either, having to face Everton at Goodison Park next Saturday afternoon.
The lads need to make a come-back in that game, and we’d take any result – other than another defeat. And we are reminded of what Graeme Souness said about being the Newcastle manager – you are always just two games (two defeats) away from a crisis on Tyneside.