Blackpool Loss Is Hard To Take for Newcastle Fans


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.

Chris continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.


29 comments so far

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Sep 12, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #1

    then we shall make Everton end a their winning streak next week

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  • john_cena163

    Sep 12, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Harper
    Taylor-Willi-Colo-Enrique

    Wayne-Joey-Arfa-Jonas

    Love-Carrol

    For everton game.

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  • sweendog

    Sep 12, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #3

    keep the faith ..
    4-5-1 everton with arfa on from the start .. 1-0 the toon .. 🙂 .. well maybe a draw ..

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  • Solaidback

    Sep 12, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Was it me or did it seem that Jonas was trying way too hard yesterday??? I think the arrival of Arfa has made him over compensate his game, he just seemed to be losing more of the ball… I’ve no idea what the solution is but we can’t just depend on Carroll to score goals for us, it won’t work….
    Routy & Jonas didn’t get many crosses in for Carroll, they were playing very tight infield instea dof using the wings to challege Blackpools defender….
    I’m still in shock that we lost yeasterday & hope we can repay them on the return match or it won’t be Blackpool who’re going to be fighting to stay in this league… 🙁

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  • Tommy Gibb

    Sep 12, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    “A small club, without the great history that the Magpies have had, have once again humbled the Newcastle side.”
    “It’s pressure time for Chris Hughton after this embarrassing loss”

    More misguided and delusional arrogance from this idiotic blog owner.
    You are embarrassing the club and embarrassing the fans with this “we are superior” delusional claptrap.

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  • balubas1

    Sep 12, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #6

    off topic:

    Wolves karl henry broke zamora’s leg. Reality check? maybe he needs to redefine his definition of “contact sport”?

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  • Tango

    Sep 12, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #7

    ‘A small club, without the great history that the Magpies have had, have once again humbled the Newcastle side.’ – How insulting can you be I take it for history you mean ‘Premiership’, as Blackpool footballing wise can match Newcastle for stature any day and smash a lot of the so called ‘big’ clubs. You was the first team to beat you last season?

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  • shearermania

    Sep 12, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    its not the formation chris…its changing tactics when you can see its not working….
    change things at half time not 15 min from the end……..

    we didnt take our chances? well in my eyes we only had 3 good chances Bartons, williamsons header and carrolls shot….the resst was half chances at best.

    The main problem is not Nolan playing in the hole or the formation..the problem is ALAN SMITH…its like playing with 10 players from the off…..he dosnt get involved..and his passing is alibi passes constantly……he must be the worst midfielder ever to play for NUFC..

    Right back….i’ve seen quite a few mediocre right backs at NUFC in the likes of charvet, carr, kristensen but Perch is taking the price of worst right back in our history…..i dont know if he really is a right back??? he seems very afraid of going forward, and his positioning is making bramble look like a world beater….

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  • shearermania

    Sep 12, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    tommy gibb

    leave edd alone or go make your own blog…

    its his blog, hes entitled to write whatever he wants to….the majority in here actually apreciates what he is doing.

    bugger off if you dont like the smell in the bakery…muppet

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  • Solaidback

    Sep 12, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Perch can cover all back positions, he’s not a natural right back but thats the slot he’s filling while Simpson is injured, after he returns, I’ve no idea where he’ll play, probably from the bench to cover injuries…

    Smith had a bad game, not sure why Tiote wasn’t brought on to replace him, instead we went 4-4-2 & then brought Shola on too 🙁

    Benny Arfa needs to start for us next game, whether thats in place of Nolan or Barton, I’ve no idea but the whole problem was, we were too narrow, our bext play is when our wingers get out wide, at one point, Jonas & routy were in the same area of the field, thats no good, they need to stay out wide & get crosses into the box, thats what they did against Villa & it worked perfectly… 🙁

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  • hitman

    Sep 12, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #11

    tommy gibb,fk off to .org with the rest of the muppets..

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  • hitman

    Sep 12, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #12

    hughton has some big decisions to make lets hope hes up to it..

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  • CT

    Sep 12, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #13

    Now we have had time to reflect, no one can deny that against Villa the result was unexpected and a fluke, as it was yesterday. Had we not conceded the penalty and chased the game in the 2nd half we would not have left ourselves open at the back. We created enough chances to win the game and had we equalised I am in no doubt that`s what would have happened. Did Jonas try too hard and things didn`t happen for him, probably but it was the same for all our players! Just a bad result! Top ten, not a chance but neither is relegation. Hba looked a player, Tiote, Sol,Tayls and Gosling to come we`ll be fine! Shit happens, that was yesterday Simples!!!!

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  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Sep 12, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #14

    If I was the FatMan I would be asking Hoots

    Why do you play so defensive at home against a ‘poor’ team?
    Why do you never use your subs to make changes, instead you wait to react to other managers decisions?
    Why have I allowed you to ‘strengthen’ the tam and then you choose not to use them?
    Wheres my chips?

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  • Bucks mag

    Sep 12, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #15

    Good comments from CH, let’s put it behind us and onwards and upwards.

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  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Sep 12, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #16

    we just don’t have LUCK!!!

    lets give our lads all support they need, and i believe they will pay us with great season finish. That all.. next weekend i can see CH will use Cheoite and Arfa in IX, Smith will be bench. Lets pray for our team!! that what we all can do as supporter.

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  • Tango

    Sep 12, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #17

    From what I’ve seen NUFC appear to be a team that are fantastic when things are going right. I think Hughton is doing a great job. I for one wanted Carroll at the World Cup and Nolan, proper give it all players. I do think your team does rely on their spirit maybe a bit too much.

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  • supermacnumber9

    Sep 12, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #18

    Well, we know the situation now and its just as I feared – we are not great but we are not rubbish (in 50 years following the lads I’ve seen worse teams and some realy pathetic players), we are average . We need to work through this season, stay patient and build for next season with our youngsters and good signings who want to be here. If the lads on the park do their best then support them – support the team, encourage them, – if we make sure we are in this league next season with a stronger more experienced squad it will have been a successful (if frustrating) season.

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  • Solaidback

    Sep 12, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Hitman – sorry mate but I also post on .org too, so am I a muppet??? Im not saying I agree with what Tommy Gibbs has said but please don’t tar all poster of .org with the same brush yeah…. or this will just turn into a slanging match betweem fellow supporters who use different blogs to post on… 🙁

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  • hitman

    Sep 12, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #20

    east coast west coast 😉

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  • Solaidback

    Sep 12, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #21

    How about off coast.. I live in Cyprus.. lol

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  • TOONTOONTOON

    Sep 12, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #22

    Tango oy candy rock man piss off to ya own blog before i get my boots out the cupboard.Freak result,games history lets look towards the everton game now.

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  • G

    Sep 12, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Where do you live in Cyprus Solaidback?

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  • TOONTOONTOON

    Sep 12, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Is that true what i heard about henry breaking a fellas leg yesterday?

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  • G

    Sep 12, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Zamora’s leg. At least 4 months out. Henry is a dirty player, but he is far from the worst I have seen.

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  • ToonLegend

    Sep 12, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Henry shouldnt of been on the pitch to break Zamora’s leg yesterday he should of been sent off against us if he had fouled any other player in the league but Barton he would of been off……..
    anyways against everton hope CH makes changes i think tiote and ben arfa need to start and i think smith definitley benched n think it might be routledge

    we definitley need at least a point at everton after yesterday

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  • Brutooon

    Sep 12, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Ben Arfa to start next 34 games and we will confirm avoid relegation

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  • Tommy Gibb

    Sep 12, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #28

    shearermania, hitman and any other arrogant low IQ’d “muppets” who infest this American/plastic geordies blog – you 13 year old cyber hardmen are funny and make me laugh.
    LOL!

    Thanks for pointing me to a decent blog populated by real grown up Newcastle fans by the way.

    Tara.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Sep 12, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #29

    I think Hughton got it spot on last year by playing different teams and formations home and away, that is why i was slightly dissapointed we didnt get another striker

    I think the following teams could easily keep us up.

    Home:

    —————————–Harper———————-

    ——RTaylor——Colo—–Williamson—Enrique

    ——–Arfa————–Barton————Jonas/Routledge
    —————————-Nolan————————-
    ——————-Carroll———?????—————–

    Away:

    ——————————–Harper——————-

    –Perch/Simpson—–Campell——Colo–Enrique

    —Arfa——–Guthrie—-Tiote—-Nolan–Jonas/Routledge

    —————————–Carroll———————–

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