Hughton Lays Into Newcastle Players After Stoke Fiasco

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.

Jose continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Sep 27, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #1

    We are playing some good football so far this season but need to be more consistent. At some time CH must consider dropping capt. Nolan or moving away from the 4-5-1 formation at home games.

    I’d love to see Arfa play that free role behind Carroll and have both Jonas and Routledge playing. Arfa for that “Rooney” roaming role. Tiote has been great imo so far and plays well with Barton but he (Barton) dropped to far back for most of the game yesterday.

    Enrique, even when he has a bad game is usually better than most around him 😉

  • munch27

    Sep 27, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #2

    simple answer both hba and jonas have to play.

  • ToonGlenn

    Sep 27, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #3

    AGREE WITH MUNCH27… BENA ARFA AND JONAS HAVE TO START ONE ON LEFT the other on right…arfa can play anywhere across the middle or up front, so maybe even drop nolan into midfield and carroll and arfa upfront, or carroll and lovenkrands upfront, jonas LM arfa RM, Barton and nolan…have Routledge as an impact player!!!

  • listie

    Sep 27, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Is it just me, but i’m not liking the sound of this statement
    “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.”
    I get the feeling a few things have been said, and I do worry as out team spirit is vital for us this season

  • Phil K

    Sep 27, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t like it either.
    Obviously, Chris totally lost his cool.
    Understandable. An awful performance.
    But best not rattle too many cages, I’d say.
    Also, the defence need to get their ideas together.
    I’d put Sol out next week.
    His experience will be vital.
    And poor Jim Perch should be given a final warning, I’d say.

    Also – yeah….the 42,000 is mystifying.
    Obviously, the fans aren’t totally convinced, and the awful home defeats v. Blackpool and Stoke would say they are RIGHT not to be convinced.

  • Abhik

    Sep 27, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #6

    I have some points after watching full 90 mins
    1. We become over-confident that’s why we were punished by Stoke. Even Stoke helped us to grow over confident in the 1st half. They were quite happy playing outside their penalty box but situati…on change after another successful PULLIS halftime. One of the few longest serving manager of Stoke..a gr8 football brain.
    2.We often forgot the fact that Stoke has one of the most STRONG striking partnership. Jones is always a threat, then come Fuller. They can afford to sideline a player like Eidur Gudjohnsen.
    3.Many of us are blaming Perch but apart from own-goal I think he defended quite well. But I will welcome Ryan Taylor in the squad for Routledge. Routledge has gr8 runs, can deliver some good crosses but finishing is so poor. In the opposition box his first touch is so heavy that it denied us at least 2 goals in last match. Maybe Guthrie can snatch the place from him permanently, though Guthrie is not a winger he can run, deliver good crosses & can score some stunners.
    4.Our finishing let us down. Nolan, Carrol, Perch, Routledge missed tons of chance. We have missed 4 free-kicks in danger zone. You hv to score at least two if you want to do well in PL from tht kind of position.Hughton should remind Carrol his place in the squad is not for granted only because he is from Gateshed.
    5. Barton is playing too deep sometimes. When team is on attack he has to go more forward. Playing square or back passes with defenders can only add fruitless percentage of possession.
    6. I am very unhappy with Hughton’s substitution of Ben Arfa & Tiote. Instead Routledge & Nolan should be substituted.

  • BeeGuy

    Sep 27, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #7

    If you watch the lowlights or replay the game notice several things.
    1- Carroll abandoned K Jones allowing the headed goal.
    2-Overall, NUFC defence came too far forward and smothered the rest of the offense. Perch practically hugged the attacking corner flag. Maybe he is supposed to be there, but I think he is killing WR’s territory to roam & make plays.
    3-HBA needs to play in the middle. That may push Nolan to another spot on the pitch, or the bench. If HBA is in the middle, then Jonas needs to be playing one of the wings.
    4-Perch covers tons of turf, but would be better if he stayed a little further back. He may be too fast for his own good, as he runs out of position. He is still the best option at that position. NUFC will need all the speed they can find to hope to cope with Tevez.

  • Toon XI

    Sep 27, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #8


    I couldn’t agree more about your first point. I was furious at Carroll for his arrogance in the box when left Jones on the first goal. He should have stayed with his man and not try to be a hero.

  • Toon XI

    Sep 27, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #9

    I hope CH beat himself up as well since his decisionmaking yesterday was shite as well.

    I am still concerned with a lack of goals in our first six matches. Aston Villa match was obviously an aberration and certainly not the norm for our club. We have serious problems in the final third of the pitch.

  • Brutooon

    Sep 28, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #10

    1)even in the first half we dominate (66%) but we got less chances on goal
    2)i agreed with some of you, we can replace routledge and play jonas and HBA on the same time
    3)Nolan is a centre midfielder – NEVER a supporting striker
    4)play 4-4-2 at home.

  • Sav

    Sep 28, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #11

    I expect Hatem will have been straight on the blower to Marseille after this one.

  • ToOn_26

    Sep 28, 2010 at 5:09 AM

    Comment #12

    We need to put Jonas back on the left, his link up play with Jose was excellent, on the right hand side please give raylor a chance(he’s got excellent delivery & free kick with him) be it on right wing or back.

  • Birts

    Sep 28, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #13


    Definately agree ref jonas, his link up play and understanding has been long in the making and we should be utilising that to the best of their ability. Ben Arfa should be playing just behind Carroll if that 4411 is how we are going to play.


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