Chris Hughton is a mild mannered man to be sure, but when Newcastle are beaten at home and they give the game away – as they seemed to yesterday – it looks like Chris can become an extremely angry man – good!
Chris Hughton – very angry after Stoke defeat
Our Spanish left-back Jose Enrique has lifted the lid on what happened after the game yesterday in the dressing room – as he told the local Evening Chronicle today:
“After the game Chris was angry. There were mistakes made by everybody and people know when they’ve made them.” “When I play well I know I have, but when I make mistakes I don’t need to be told.”
“Everyone knows we can’t afford to play like we did in the second half again, or we will lose more games. We had a meeting after the game. When we lose it’s worse because Chris is more angry.”
“The players were angry too. Sometimes it’s better to speak the next day, sometimes the player’s answers aren’t normal.” “When you’re angry, you react badly to mistakes.” “We need to change the mentality in time for the next game.”
After the game some of the crowd voiced their disapproval with boos, and we were also surprised at how small the crowd was yesterday – just short of 42,000 – a full 10,000 short of the capacity – what’s going on?.
The away game at to Manchester City next weekend will not be easy either, which is one reason we need the 3 points yesterday.
“I understand how the fans feel.” “We play the games and of course everybody is sad because everybody knew we should have won this game.”
“It’s like people say, we have to beat teams like Blackpool and Stoke. We have to fight for the same cause.” “I’m disappointed because I thought we played well in the first half.”
“For some reason when we play big clubs we do better but I don’t know what happened in the second half.” If we can try to change that and beat the teams that are around us, we have a good situation here. We have to play better in the second halves of games.”
Newcastle have to become a more consistent and professional side this season, and that means producing the goods week in and week out against the good teams, the great teams, the mediocre teams (like Stoke ), as well as the poor teams.
It’s really as simple as that, and we are pleased that Chris lay into his players – because yesterday they let the fans down again – for the second home game running, and deserved the Hughton blast.