Numerous Positives To Take Out Of Blackpool Game

Chris Hughton has come out today and said that there were numerous positives to take out of the Blackpool game.

Chris Hughton – lots of positives to take out of game on Saturday

That may be surprising to Newcastle fans, but if you then look at all the clear-cut chances Newcastle missed,  we could have easily won the game on Saturday fairly easily – and the fact that we didn’t has caused undue concern amongst the faithful.

But that hopefully can be put right on Saturday at Everton, which will not be an easy game by any means, but the spotlight will be on Newcastle to show they can put the ball in the back of the net, when they get some decent chances.

That was the one big problem on Saturday, and perhaps the only big problem, because the  Newcastle players created a lot of chances during the game, but didn’t put a single on of them away.

Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I wanted to make sure I had good options to change a game.” “Certainly, what I do have now, are options.”  “I’m quite sure, in the cold light of the day, I’ll go through the game again and see the pluses.”

“There were numerous positives – in normal circumstances, it was a game we would have won.” “At the moment it’s hurting, and it’s very frustrating.” “Arguably, it wasn’t one of our better performances, but when you create eight goalscoring opportunities, and don’t put any of them away, it’s quite difficult to take.”

“This is football. We created an equal amount of chances against Aston Villa, and put six of them away.” “We didn’t put any of them away, but I have absolutely no doubt if we had scored the first, we would have gone on and won it.” “I think the second goal was difficult to take, because at 1-0 we were still very much in the game.”

“At 2-0, the game was over.”  “We very much got caught on the counter, but you’ve got to give Blackpool credit.” “They came with a game plan, and had decent periods of the game.”  “Stevie Harper had one very good save to make in the first half, but apart from that, wasn’t really troubled.

“We came up against an inspired goalkeeper, and our finishing wasn’t of the standard it has been.”

With the poor result on Saturday, it’s going to seem a long week before the lads can put things right, and we have to hope they can take something out of a tough fixture at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • G

    Sep 13, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s a shame the toffees seem to have found a bit of form all of a sudden. If we had played them a week ago I would have fancied a win or draw, but now we have to face a strong side at home who historicaly we have a fairly poor record against. Still, here’s hoping.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 13, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Nolan urges Blackpool loss to be wake-up call, the headlines in the chronicle, what a joke from a player that spent 90 minutes on Saturday asleep. I just hope that Hughton will wake up to the fact that Nolan & smith found there levels last season, they are 2 meters to slow for the premier league. I heard several people say this was the worst yet, and they did not intend renewing their season ticket. I have said many times that I was unsure as to whether I gave credit to Hughton for last season, or it was just a natural conclusion as our squad was to good for the coca cola, well for me to lose to Blackpool, a team that finished 32 points behind us, this must go down as a blunder of the highest magnitude, and it was a must win game, I think the next three games could see us enter a relegation battle, and Hughton sticking with 4-5-1untill the crowd turns on him, he seem to think he’s a world class manager now. we sadly he’s not but let’s hope he can learn to be one. but for me this result was a shocking disgrace, and awful to watch.

  • keegan trio

    Sep 13, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #3

    drop smith perch nolan replace with ryan tiote and H bomb
    how about loven?..distin has slow pace..

  • G

    Sep 13, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #4

    put it down to experience dave1961 and move on. I trust CH to make the right descisions. He has to take credit for last season, as the team he took over had their heads down and consigned to the drop. He picked them up, and motivated them in the right direction. He is the right man in the right job to take us forward. Lets not forget, we are in a relegation battle wether we like it or not. To be honest, we could do a lot worse than following Blackpools example of actually coming to an away ground and giving a game of football rather than frutstrating the oposition.

  • eddief

    Sep 13, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #5

    What about Jonas?? Perhaps he should be dropped, too often he puts poor crosses in on Sat. I For one was glad when he came off.

  • alex84

    Sep 13, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #6

    yeah perch isnt really cutting it at the mo, R.taylor would be better. i think we should have ben arfa behind carroll, tiote and barton, with jonus and wayne on the wings.

  • G

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Ditch the wingers all together, play overlapping fullbacks and switch to 442 diamond. Routeledge is often out of position, and Jonas is a vampire. Lets play like Chelski as our squad looks better prepared to play that formation, and it doesnt seem to be doing Chelski any harm?

  • GeordieDan

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #8

    BTW : any of you lads following our NUFC blog fantasy football league?

    We’re currently ranked 23rd out of 205,361!!!!

    Not bad at all eh? And who sez Geordies don’t know their football? Ha.

    (plus I’m 9th out of 405 in our league-just thought I’d get that in there. :oD )

  • keegan trio

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #9

    if drop our wingers..pace is gone…nolan is the fault..he halts our attacking instincts everytime

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #10

    bit worried bout chris houghton’s comments lately, from what i see newcastle should create 8 goalscoring opportunities in nearly every match, and maybe more against blackpool.

    his team selection was terrible aswell, we cannot play smith,barton and nolan in the same team coz there is not enough quality or pace.

    starting to doubt our formation with 1 striker?

    always makes the subs to late?

    do i have to mention james perch… lol


  • nwmag

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Get a life Barcelona ,Man U, City and Liverpool all great results…. not !!. I cant believe the negativity. R u real, shut up and get supporting your team.We all know its going to be a hard season, lets give CH the respect he deserves 451 442 yeah you really know the merits of both. With class players formations are fluid throughout any game .We have got what we have got potential to do ok anything more is a bonus.

  • G

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #12

    nwmag, dave1961 is entitled to his view, as are you. He does support the team, read some of the legacy posts and you will see this. Leave the name calling and bully boy tactics for the next time we play the Muckems eh?

  • antmanbee

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #13

    I suspect the 4-5-1 is more to do with keeping Nolan, Smith and Barton happy than with tactics…

  • madman67

    Sep 13, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #14

    some pple love stickin the knife in, others dont. there appears to be many pple who arent convinced by ch tactics, so sadly i beli9eve theres no smoke without fire.

    the point of playin nolan, barton smith in mid is a v valid point. not that im baying for any blood, but thats a v good point. 1 that shouldnt be dismissed. am still fairly confident we will avoid the relegatio scrap tho. nd hope ch is given time to mature

    any1 no if reserves game on thur is another freebie??

  • cgrizzly87

    Sep 13, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #15

    think we need at least 1 winger that can cross, and Lovenkrands needs to start instead of Nolan ffs, PACE FTW

  • BeeGuy

    Sep 13, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Frankly, I think it all comes down to keeping the ball on the ground. As I’ve said we have fast wings and a clever play maker in Barton. Harper and the defenders need to pass ahead, not boot it up for grabs. We loved Routledges speed last year, and Jonas did not get the nickname “the greyhound” because he is a plodder. HBA seems to be faster than either of them. So, NUFC needs to play to its own strength, and not concede to another teams style. (At least not without making a strong try at it first. )NUFC was far better against ManU because the ball was passed around, NUFC was far worse vs. the Pool because NUFC played Route 1 ball. Liverpool saw their chance to beat Birmingham yesterday by playing Liverpool passing attack football start to finish, Birmingham played not to lose via Route 1. I think NUFC should p[lay for points, not to try to avoid losing 3.


    Sep 13, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #17

    dave 1961 get a grip man,people make me laugh here, we all said chris deseved a full season now we have wallys knocking him and dounting him,to many bloody fair weathered friends here i think,say 1 thing 1 second hit a bump in the road and are saying something different the next second, saw some idiots want his head yesterday.Lets say the idiots get what they want what are we left with,a player revolt aand an unstable dress room.

  • jimiley

    Sep 13, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Another positive is Nolan, Smith and Barton’s pace. So much mobility and endurance. Forgot to mention Jonas shooting and crossing skills. Esential for a winger and he has them in spades.

  • croftus

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #19

    rofl love the responses so much i have to register to show my discust really lol
    i remember the av game and the comments sun shon outa everyones backside and now hey presto we lost a game even though we did play well and we get comments like there not good enough
    wake up for gods sake we have what we have and thats a decent team and decent manager CH has got the best out of players last year and this and tbh if it wasnt for him carroll wouldnt even be a 1st team regular never mind our main striker .
    no matter which way u look at it he got rid of the rubbish we had when we got relegated got the most of the bad press off our backs and got us some really good buys/loans bicker all u want about it wasnt him or not were in the prem again and seem to be a stable team so lets back him and the team and stop putting fans/players/managers head down im sure they wouldnt want to play for fans that boo them and would like to play for fans who cheer them on after all arnt we called SUPPORTERS the clue is in the title


    Sep 13, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #20

    croftus well said mate.

  • Charlietoon

    Sep 13, 2010 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #21

    This is so funny. OMG we lost against Blackpool we are not fit for the premiership!! OH NO I wet my pants. Blackpool only just got to the permiership themselves and we beat Villa a top 6 side by 6 goals. So does that mean becasue we lost to blackpool they are 12 times better than Villa??

    NO. Its one game. Get over it and show some faith in the lads

  • baro

    Sep 14, 2010 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Its defo a wake up call. We dominated and crapped on Villa but than lost to small side Blackpoop by wasting our chances. We had thousands of chances, when will Nolan get dropped? Also drop Smith, and Harper. Get Krul, Ben Arfa, and Tiote in .

  • Ericles

    Sep 14, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #23

    CH should keep the postives and take out the negatives – Nolan, Perch, and definitely Smith.

  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 14, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Well done Ed this is as negative a piece of blogging as you have done for a while, most people with a bit of grey matter agreed the result was not a reflection of the game and we should have won it.

    That being the case I would have thought you would have dwelt on the positives instead of turning them into negatives, the BBC has us edging the possession %51-%49, 13 shots on target to pools 4 and more corners. That to me is just an unlucky result and yet you make it sound like a case for restocking the entire team.

    Add to that, that this particular style of blogging then gets all the numpties wound up and rabbitting on about who is not good enough and who should be lined up and shot.

    How about instead of typing
    but if you then look at all the clear-cut chances Newcastle missed,
    and put it like
    but if you then look at all the clear-cut chances Newcastle created,
    I think is a lot more positive and a lot less likely to make all the numpties spit their dummies out.

    I agree that if in 6 to 10 games time we are still getting 13 shots on target and scoring none then there is something needing looking at but one game?

    Get a grip ED and stop winding up the natives they are pessimistic enough as it is.


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