Now’s Not The Time To Panic At Newcastle


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.

Comments welcome.


26 comments so far

  • geordie_india

    Sep 13, 2010 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #1

    I think the lads will surprise us with a win at Goodison Park! Keep faith Howay The Lads

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  • austoon

    Sep 13, 2010 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Ben Arfa should start, and Smith is the worst 7mil we spent i reckon plus the high wages we pay for him.

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  • wsquare

    Sep 13, 2010 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #3

    get the flanks working. i don’t rate routeledge. he lacks a footballing brain.

    can’t wait for gosling and guthrie to get back to fitness. midfield battle is crucial. somehow smith lacked energy on saturday. man utd fans say he has put on a lot more weight.

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  • Toon XI

    Sep 13, 2010 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t expect points against Toffees. It’s Stoke, Wigan and West Ham that I look to for points in the coming weeks. Those are the “must” games for us.

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  • baro

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Last couple of times we have faces Everton we have drawed with them. So I’m going with a 2-2 draw. Enrique and Barton to score. No need to panic, if you panic everything just gets worse and worse, keep ur hopes up.

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  • Brutooon

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Alan Smith should play his last game at the Blackpool match

    Alan Smith is on high wages, no club want him – cos no club want a defensive midfielder who never got the ball and only run around in jogging

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  • Bao Zheng

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Correct Ed. The time to panic was 2:30 Saturday afternoon.

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  • Toon XI

    Sep 13, 2010 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #8

    If you remove the Villa game from the equation – we have one goal in three matches. And two of those matches were against Wolves and Blackpool. That hardly instills confidence in our offensive third of the pitch.

    I pray HBA will be the difference maker for us as we will struggle for goals all year without him.

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  • TOONTOONTOON

    Sep 13, 2010 at 3:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Watched everton v man ure on sky sports they quite a combative team,game could go either way,but think it will be a draw.

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  • WesJameson

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #10

    It was only a matter of time before my beloved Newcastle Utd Punched me in the stomach AGAIN FFS!!! This club never ceases to amaze me

    Oh well another F@cked monday

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  • WesJameson

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #11

    @ TOONTOONTOON // Sep 13, 2010 at 3:30 AM

    Agreed, watched the Everton Game too……if they play like that against us…..well 🙁

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  • WesJameson

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #12

    Also the last time we were in the prem league, everyone kept saying dont panic, dont panic…….until it was to late and we were in the Natwest FFS

    So depressed

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  • Charlietoon

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Toon XI it’s not all doom and gloom. One game was Man U away….nuff said. We nailed Villa, were competitive away at Wolves and yes the loss at home was a tough one but we had some good shots on goal and created some good chances against Blackpool.
    I hope we see some changes made next week with Toite and Ben Harfa on from the start. Who gets benched is up to Chris but I think it’d be Wayne and Smith…though Barton was lazy enough a few days ago to suggest he needs a rest to pick his game up

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  • john_cena163

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Remove smith an perch an let arfa, taylor start.

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  • john_cena163

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Tim cahill is the man for everton, colo n willi shoud nt alow him to score, he is a treath in the air jst lyk carrol. 1-0 2 da toon army.

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  • Sinner

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #16

    *Me waits for Guthrie to make his comeback*

    Me hopes for a formation like this next week:
    ………………Harper
    Perch…Cambell….Colo…Enrique
    Arfa…..Guthrie….Barton…Jonas
    …………………..Nolan/Mcloven
    …………..Caroll

    Would love to see Mcloven to get his chance.
    His accuracy to goal compared to caroll is much better.

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  • Ericles

    Sep 13, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #17

    Mark my words – CH will persist in his first team choices. Smith will be selected over and above better players. Panic? What panic? What I read was a sober and analytical assessment of a poor team’s performance. I eill give CH till Xmas and I hope by then it is not too late and we are pluged into bargain basement forays into the transfer market. Put some pace and adventure into the team CH and leave your favourites on the bench or use their experience in the reserves!

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 13, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #18

    ‘Now is not the time to panic’, agree fully!! However, i do believe it is already time to be concerned.

    If Andy Carroll Stops scoring……or doesnt score for a few games…..where will the goals come from? I thought Nolan waspoor at the weekend, smith terrible, barton average, but only because his second half was improved.

    Perch is NOT premiership (Yet) with his area being exposed on numerous occasions.

    Guttierez?? did he play, and routledge….my god, is their a player more frustrating than this guy??

    so NO NEED TO PANIC, but concerns are genuine!!!

    I only hope HBA can chip in with a fair amount of goals, or this will be a very loooong hard season!!!

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 13, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #19

    Not wanting to have too much of a downer on things, I thought Collo had a great game williamson not too far behind, and Carroll…although he didnt score, was superb again. Enrique was decent, would have been brilliant if Guttierez had helped him out a bit more….too often did enrique storm forward only for Gutti to get left behind in his own little daydreams!!

    Sadly the negatives slightly out weighed the positives and this usually results in a defeat!!

    Predicition: 1 Loss 1 draw in next 2 games, but this is no shame and we should get back to winning ways shortley after this!!

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 13, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #20

    post three ????

    Does anybody else think that maybe taking smith and gutti off and replacing with HBA and Mcloven would have given us moreo f a chance?? Not sure why we had mcloven before HBA when the game was CRYING OUT for creativity???

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  • Ericles

    Sep 13, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #21

    Agreed. Creativity is what is missing. Missing from NUFC? No! Missing from the thinking of CH and the team he selects.

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  • MykToonFan

    Sep 13, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #22

    New here, but have to say that Nolan was an embarrassment against Blackpool. He looks way off the pace, and his control lets him down every time. He offers very little when he isn’t scoring goals (and I doubt he’ll score many this season – Villa seemed like a bit of a fluke).

    I like him as a captain, but he is nowhere near good enough for the Premiership anymore. Defenders don’t give him the space he needs.

    If Hughton sticks with the same formation against Everton, he should bring in Tiote and Ben Arfa in place of Smith and Nolan.

    Two international class players should not be warming the bench when we have two slow, average players on the pitch.

    A midfield of Routledge, Barton, Ben Arfa, Tiote and Jonas may not be perfect, but it’s enough to really worry other teams.

    I think that Jonas should always be played, even when he is playing poorly – he draws multiple defenders towards him, which will hopefully free up space for HBA to work his magic.

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  • Selbymag

    Sep 13, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #23

    From the stands Jonas simply does not offer anything for me. Comes too short looking for the ball off Enrique instead of creating any space. This results in J0se being our main left side outlet time and time again. Routledge had Crainey scared to death within a minute but we never exploited it. Smith had a poor game but to write the lad off is very harsh. My biggest concern on Saturday was our Captain, if there is a slower player in the premier league I would be stunned. Carroll won 95% of his headers on Sat but Nolan was either out of position or easily beaten to the ball by the centre halves. The only time he got on to a header he should have scored but a poor touch and lack of pace let him down in the one on one. I tend to take most of the comments based on radio commentry / highlights on here with a pinch of salt as I dont know how many people actually are at the game, and thats the only way you can get a true picture of a performance. Its bloody September the Season finishes in May for christs sake.!! You do not get a true picture of the league until Christmas see how things are then before we start throwing ourselves out of windows!!

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  • GeordieDan

    Sep 13, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #24

    I love Jonas but I have to be honest he just doesn’t produce enough: He never scores, very rarely gets a decent cross in, gives away possession A LOT MORE than he used to and I remember when he used to run almost the full length of the field to make a recovering tackle if we had lost possession and come out of the tackle 9 times out of 10 with the ball-where has that side of his game gone?

    Sorry Spidey but with Ben Arfa in direct competition I really would drop Jonas, if nothing else just to give him a kick up the @rse and let him know he needs to work on a lot of his game to be a Premier league mainstay.

    Other than that it is CRIMINAL that Lovenkrands scores 16 goals last season and has had 1 small sub appearance only this season as we prepare for the (AWESOME?-hardly) Blackpool by fielding 1 striker????

    4-5-1 against a team we should have comfortably beaten was asking for trouble from the start. WAY TOO NEGATIVE MR HUGHTON.

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  • Sav

    Sep 13, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #25

    When would be a good time to panic, Ed?
    Nonsense about ‘wake-up calls’ from Nolan when we are just 4 games in?? And Bob Moncur is already jabbering about making a marquee signing and ‘winning our relegation mini-league’. Heaven help us!
    Ben Arfa for Jonas – the guy is understandably popular but a headless chicken – and some support for Carroll – and I don’t mean midfielder, Kevin Nolan.

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  • BouncedCheick

    Sep 13, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #26

    GeordieDan // Sep 13, 2010 at 10:23 AM Post# 24

    To be fair, Jonas was playing at the World Cup and hasn’t had a real pre-season.

    Pre-season is where players do less ball work and really focus on the long, hard runs which improves their stamina and work capacity.

    By contrast, Jonas will have been simply maintaining his fitness whilst he trained with the Argentina National Team. He will have been focusing on ball-work and tactical work instead.

    Add to that the fact that he was given a couple of weeks rest after returning from the World Cup, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he is still returning to full fitness.

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