Newcastle Players Must Learn From Games Like Blackpool

Newcastle fans tend to over-react to results, both good ones and bad ones.

Kevin Nolan – calls for calm from Newcastle fans

Two weeks ago when we walloped Aston Villa 6-0 we were fairly good in not getting too carried away with things, but it did appear that there was a possibility we could even avoid a dire relegation struggle this season, following that result.

But Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by Blackpool at home, has set some alarm bells off among the fans, even if it’s just one result and the fact that Newcastle completely outplayed Blackpool in the second half on Saturday.

Chris Hughton has rightly asked for calm, and Kevin Nolan the Newcastle captain, who was guilty himself  of missing a sitter in that first half, has also asked Newcastle fans for patience, as he told the Newcastle web-site yesterday:

“We didn’t get too carried away two weeks ago, and we’re going to ask the fans to do the same again,””We’re going to ask them to stay with us. We knew there were going to be times like this throughout the season – it’s happened earlier than what we wanted or anticipated but we’ve got 34 games to go.”

“We’re not going to start worrying. We’re just going to keep doing the right things, keep chomping at the bit and hopefully keep building this club slowly but surely.”

“We’ve got to look at the big picture here and we’ve got to realise where we’ve come in such a short time over the last two years. We’re delighted to be back but we know how tough it’s going to be to remain here.”

Good words from the captain, who didn’t have one of his better games on Saturday.

This coming Saturday we’ll see how much the Newcastle side have learned from the dismal result on Saturday, and it’s going to be important for our players early in the season, to learn these lessons, and to learn them well.

It’s a tough and long season ahead, and learning lessons is very important for our players, so that the side can improve and become better equipped to get points as the season progresses.

If we can do that – then Newcastle should be OK by next May – we hope.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • G

    Sep 14, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Couldn’t agree more with you Ed. The ‘over-reaction’ comment rings especially true. In my immediate circle of friends I seem to have heard everything from Sack CH to European Cup Glory. We need to lower expectation somewhat, but retain the positive vibe around the team. A point or 3 against Everton may be just what the doctor ordered.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 14, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #2

    I can’t believe those rambling on about how the defeat against Blackpool does not matter, this is just like a re run of our relegation season when we were getting beat at home of the likes of hull city, you can worship Chris Hughton as much as you like, but the facts speak for themselves, he has returned to his tactics of the first half of last season when we won games, whilst playing awful. 4-5-1 against Blackpool was a shocking, has he not learnt anything, his substitutions were puzzling to say the least, we had two headless chickens in smith & Jonas, we had Routlage that is proving once more can’t handle the premier league, as he has no end product, we had Nolan two metres off the pace, throughout history it’s been well documented that you start with your best first, going back to the roman orgy’s, you served your best wine, then introduced lesser quality as the guests got drunk. the same should have been used against Blackpool, Cheik Tiote & Hatem Ben Arfa should have been used from the start, we should have torn Blackpool to shreds. we had the players to do it, then after 60 minutes bring on Nolan, by this time he would have had the legs to go with his undoubted football brain, this season could end up being longer and harder than needed If Chris Hughton keeps thinking he’s a good tactician, and realises that he’s not that good yet as he needs to learn how to play with the big boys. and he needs to learn that 4-5-1 at home will get him the sack if he tries to make a system that just don’t work for us.

  • Davies

    Sep 14, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Presumably you know better dave1961?

    I’m not a fully paid up and qualified Premier League manager, so my opinion is probably not as valid as yours, but I really don’t think this loss is cause for significant concern. We got beat by a goalkeeper on Saturday. Simple as that.

    I don’t feel that this result signifies a greater likelihood of our getting relegated any more than the Villa result signified places in Europe.

    We lost. Big whup! We’ll learn from it. In the meantime, you either support the team, or you don’t. Pick one.


    Sep 14, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #4

    dave 1961 you really a newcastle supporter or what you anti depresent idiot, just cause you aint getting it at home mate, dont take it out on every 1 on the blog,go and hire a hooker or something.

  • baro

    Sep 14, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #5

    We really need to keep our heads up and get back in to the game. Its not over.


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