One thing that is important this season, is that the Newcastle players learn from each of these early games in the Premier League, and especially from the mistakes they make.
Chris Hughton – we have to learn from our mistakes
They certainly made a few mistakes on Saturday, too many, in the surprise 2-0 defeat against Blackpool, and most of those were in front of goal, where they missed just too many good chances.
As we had expected, Chris Hughton was calm after the game, but he would know there was great concern from the Newcastle fans that Newcastle lost their 26 game unbeaten home record to a side, who although they have started amazingly well in the Premier League, are still backed heavily to be relegated this season.
That hurts, and that’s not meant to be an attack in any way against the Blackpool club, and for sure it was a tremendous victory for them and their so colorful manager Ian Holloway.
Hughton was happy enough with the overall Newcastle performance, because the side are still making chances, but the two goals they gave away were poor ones, especially the first one from a penalty late in the first half.
Chris said today:
“If I look at the way they played and the chances they had, they had minimal goalscoring chances.”“The first one comes from a penalty, where have three players around the ball.”
“The second from DJ Campbell comes when we are pushing bodies forward.” “That was a frustrating one to give away, but I don’t think we are vulnerable to the counter-attack.” “We have to give them credit, they defended very well and the goalkeeper had an inspired day.”
“It was not a good day in front of goal for us and they have reaped the rewards from that.” “I don’t want to take anything away from Blackpool, but it was a game we should have won.”
We now have to hope the lads will react to adversity the way they did last season, by really looking at what they did wrong, hold their hands up, and learn from their mistakes and the dreadful result against Blackpool.
And captain Kevin Nolan’s interview immediately after the games suggested the players were embarrassed by the defeat, and are determined to put things right against Everton at Goodison on Saturday afternoon, although that looks a difficult game from which to get any points. Kevin had a poor game on Saturday.
“We can gain things from a defeat and there is a group of lads in there (the changing room) who know we should have won the game.”
“We would feel more down if it was the actual performance which was the problem and we had not created anything.”
“There are enough positives to take us into the next few games.”
“We have been good in front of goal before now. We probably created as many goalscoring chances against Blackpool as we did against Villa.”
This week will be a big test for the Newcastle squad.
It’s happened now – a terrible result and at home too, and it’s a result you would expect if Newcastle are to be relegated this season – and that’s a very scary way to look at being beaten 2-0 at home by Blackpool. I wish I hadn’t even mentioned that now.
We have to hope the players will take a good hard look at themselves this week, and come out fighting like crazy at Goodison Park on Saturday, and also get back to playing solid team football, that can get the team some points at Goodison Park.
We need them and it will hardly be easy.