Chris Hughton had the unenviable task of trying to explain to Newcastle fans after today’s game, what exactly happened to Newcastle in the second half of the game against Stoke City.
Chris Hughton – we learned a lesson today – but what was it?
Chris says that Newcastle learned a lesson today – but we’re not sure what lesson they learned in their second home defeat in a row.
The side seemed to throw all 3 points out of the window in that terrible second half, when they seemed to choke as a team.
This is what Chris Hughton told Sky Sports after the game:
“We perhaps needed to do more to go and win the game and we did not.” “At times our final ball let us down, we did not test a back four that is very strong, didn’t test them enough and I think we have perhaps learnt something today.””We are now playing in a lot tougher league than we were last season,”
“We knew that there were going to be lows. We knew we’re going to lose more games than what we did last season and it is about picking up this group of lads, having that same belief that we have had in the last couple of games and going into the next games and learning the valuable lessons that we have to learn from each game.”
We were expecting to hear that we will not get too down after a defeat and too up after a win, and we’re really not sure what Chris is trying to say.
But let’s put things straight, for the second time in two home games the team has let down the Newcastle fans, and it’s not good enough to lose all 6 points against teams we should be beating if we are to survive in the Premier League this season.
The team has been like a yo-yo all season – great one week poor the next, great in one half (as they were in the first 45 minutes today), and then very poor in the second – and we now have no idea which team will turn up for next Sunday’s game at Eastlands.
We suggest the players sort themselves out this week in training and every player who started today’s game should have his place under threat – and that’s not only good – but we have to hope that Chris makes some changes for the game at Manchester City a week today.
Today Newcatsle were just not good enough – it’s just that simple
The only thing Stoke City can do is throw high balls and corners in to the opposing penalty area, and they even gave Newcastle a beark in that first half by not even turning up for this game.
And when Stoke were Stoke in the second half and threw high balls and corners in to the opposing penalty area, Newcastle looked as though they were really surprised by that, and even became panicky in defense.
The fact that Newcastle trained since Thursday on how to defend high balls and corners into their own penalty area makes us wonder what they were doing during that training, and in the final 45 minutes.
It wasn’t playing good defensive football – that’s for sure.