Chris Hughton has this morning urged the Newcastle fans not to press the panic button over one defeat.
Chris Hughton – it just wasn’t our day
Newcastle have had two astonishing results in their first two home games of the season.
After whipping Aston Villa 6-0 when they scored on 6 of 8 good chances they had created, they then went on to lose to Blackpool, who are the firm favorties to be relegated this season.
And the Tyneside team were beaten for the first time in 27 home games, but in this game they also created 8 good chances, but converted none – zilch – zero.
The Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, however, is philosophical about the loss and he said this morning:
“However bad this defeat feels we’re four games into the season and we have a long way to go.” “The players we’ve accumulated have all been valuable.”
“We can gain things from a defeat and there is a group of lads in the changing room that know we should have won.”
“We would feel more down if we hadn’t created anything.” “We’ve been good in front of goal before now. But this wasn’t our day. We can’t afford to be too down about it.”
“No doubt it hurts – we have to make sure we do the right things now going into the game at Everton.”
There has been over-reaction to the loss, but that’s Newcastle for you, with cries from the fans for all kinds of things to happen, but it’s one game and one result – a bad one – that’s all.
But most of the comments are a knee jerk reaction to what certainly was a bad defeat, and certainly a great disappointment for the Newcastle fans, to be sure.
But the result was a lot worse than the performance, with Newcastle creating lots of chances that they simply missed, and on another day – like when the lads hammered Aston Villa – those chances would have been converted.
So now’s not the time to panic – not at all.