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!!