Hughton Must Give Other Players A Chance At Newcastle

Newcastle have never been an easy team to support, and we found out why that is the case yesterday.

Chris Hughton – needs to make one or two changes to the side

After completely dominating Stoke in the first 45 minutes,  the lads somehow managed to lose all 3 points in the second half after going ahead through a Kevin Nolan penalty just before half time.

And the reason Newcastle were beaten was that they couldn’t adequately defend the high balls into penalty area from Rory Delap, once he was introduced in the second half,  and also the high crosses that came in, particularly from Matthew Etherington.

But the good news for Newcastle fans is that Newcastle have a much stronger squad than last year, and there are players only too willing to come  into the first team for this weekend.

The player who is most likely to get a start now at Manchester City next Sunday is Sol Campbell, and maybe we could have done with his experience at the back in the second half yesterday, but Sol wasn’t even on the substitutes bench for the game.

James Perch is having a hard time of it, and we were surprised he got the start yesterday, and while he did OK, maybe Ryan Taylor should be given a chance at right back, and Ryan is also a threat from both throw-ins and free kicks of course.

Right back maybe Newcastle’s weakness at the moment, and we have to believe that once Steven Taylor finally returns we’ll see him in that position rather than joining the fight for the two central defensive positions going on right now between Williamson, Coloccini, Campbell and young Tamas Kadar when he’s fit.

Up front Andy Carroll had a subdued game yesterday, and if Shola Ameobi is in top form right now, Chris should play him more.

But we have to hope that Chris doesn’t field exactly the same side that was beaten in the second half yesterday, and will give a start to one or two of the fringe players to see what they can do.

Reserve players should get their chances when the first team players don’t get the job done, and the lads didn’t get the job done yesterday – that’s for sure – for the second home game running.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Birts

    Sep 27, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    its kevin nolan thats f%@king it up because hughton will not drop him as he is the captain

  • Birts

    Sep 27, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    We need to sort this right out before the scum game

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Sep 27, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Nolan maybe will slow the game at attacking position, but he still have quality to score..lets pray we got ST or Simpson in next game..

  • Birts

    Sep 27, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Just read in the south shields gazzette that liverpool are planning to make a bid for Routs in january and am just thinking if the price is right then we should let him go and have a look at some new young talent thats out there, hopefully someone that is willing to put his foot through the ball and have a shot now and then!!!

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Sep 27, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5


    IMO, it’s just rumor.

  • geordielad880

    Sep 27, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6

    First of all there is no way liverpool want routledge, he is a championship player, he has no end product, thats our problem, we should have signed seb larrsen or stephen hunt when we had the chance, both are good at set pieces and final balls, something we lack badly.
    I think our best side when everyone is fit will be:-




    ——————ben arfa

    subs:- krul, s.taylor, campbell, nolan, lovo, ameobi

  • Toon Sweden77

    Sep 27, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    starting to get a bit tired of this 4-5-1 formation. Time to start with 4-4-2 ?

  • Toon Sweden77

    Sep 27, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Maybe something like this:



    Routledge/R Taylor Right midfield
    Tiote Defensive midfield
    Ben Arfa Attacking midfield
    Barton Left


  • geordielad880

    Sep 27, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    barton on the left?

    I would go for this side against man city, as man citys main threat is from wide areas and set pieces.





  • geordielad880

    Sep 27, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    I think when it comes to january, we should be looking to getting rid of best, perch, xisco and bringing in another striker and right back, i knows its still a while away, but i think we have 3 right backs and none are great defenders, i said in the last window i would have loved to have seen newcastle sign m.diouf who went to blackburn on loan from man utd, he would have been great to play with carroll, pace and strength, i think ranger should get more of a chance aswell, looks good everytime he plays

  • repo

    Sep 27, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #11

    Campbell wont start on sunday he’s not fit enough and too slow..

    Agree we got to change things around like drop carroll or play lovenkrands with carroll to give him help he carnt do it by himself.

    and yes tell nolan to lose some fat and come back stronger..

    hughton needs some balls if not he be out of a job by dec..

  • Birts

    Sep 27, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #12

    felt sorry for perch yesterday to be honest he did put in some decisive tackles and didnt get carded, but that own goal seems to have let his overall performance down !!!

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 27, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #13

    I’d be very upset if the team were having a day off today. Not after that performance.

  • callie9

    Sep 27, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #14

    No idea why you are all slating Routledge, he was the only player yesterday who too iniative and actually ran at their back 4, and he caused problems everytime he got the ball. Also, while Perch will get the inevitable stick from a lot of doom merchants on here, anybody who has ever played competitive football will have went for his header so he has nothing wrong there. And while RTaylor is a decent set piece taker, he’s slow, weak, often caught in possession and is a liability at RB, imo. At least Perch gets stuck in bit. Hence the 5 yellows, lol

  • Birts

    Sep 27, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #15

    You would know if you had played competitive football that there is absolutely no point in running at the back four then not being able to deliver with a cross or a shot once you have created that space, that is what we are saying is lacking in his game. As for Perch he is coming on and I didnt say he didnt have a good game was just overshadowed by the fact of an own goal thats all.

  • Adssy Mccc

    Sep 27, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #16

    I thought Tiote was class. He did his individual job exactly like he was supposed to!

    Although I thought Joey Barton played quite well at times, for me, he didn’t get forward enough and link up with our attack in and around their box.

    I know we got the goal from a ball into the box (the resulting foul on AC) but I thought we were never going to get much luck swinging crosses into their box (despite how good big Andy is in the air). We would have created more chances by playing intricate football in the final third. Afterall, their biggest strength is aerial football!!

    And Nolan should have burried that chance that Jonas laid on for him!!

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Sep 27, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Now, we have top class midfield, tiote arfa and barton, they make games very enjoyable to watch last night, Do anyone agree with me. Thnks to Brton arfa and Tiote, this three player make my increase my Fantasy game, they got bonus point. that means we lose a game with honor.

  • SirAlan

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Bringing Jonas on for Ben arfa i understood, tiote should never have been taken off, it should of been NOLAN taken off and replaced by lovenkrands or even Ranger….why tiote for Shola…makes No sence from Hughton…

  • pringle9

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #19

    We need to play 4-4-2 at home and take the game to the opposition carroll is just too isolated as nolan is never anywhere near him. Lovenkrands and carroll tore apart the championship think we shud give that partnership a go in the prem, also agree ranger shud be getting a chance strong and quick.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #20

    The 4-5-1 formation (or 4-4-1-1) whatever it is, just is not suitable for all matches.

    Yesterday if we had 2 strikers in the first half we would have been more than 1 up at the end of the first half.

    Poor play all around yesterday, only decent looking player was Enrique, and so I dont get shouted down I will give reasoning for each player:

    KRUL – Looked very nervous, was very luck on 2 occasions where Jones hit the wood work.

    PERCH – Scored an own goal, poor positional play.

    COLLO – Played OK, but not helped by players around him.

    WILLO – Played OK, but had some shaky moments too.

    ENRIQUE – His usual self, played very well, got forward well.

    ROUT – Barely involved in 2nd half

    TIOTE – Played some poor passes which caused problems for the defence.

    BARTON – VERY lucky not to give away a pen, poor setpiece play.

    BEN ARFA – Looked good but a bit too ball greedy – too busy trying to get in a position to recreate his Everton goal.

    NOLAN – Should have scored at the end, caused some problems.

    CARROLL – Played out of the game by Huth and Co, difficult job being up top on his own.

    – – –

    JONAS – Probably should have come on for Routledge rather than Ben Arfa, looked lively and brilliant cross for Nolan.

    SHOLA – Barely noticed he came on

  • HOGC

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #21

    yes, i agree, the midfield was good. i felt tiote was a class act, very calm on the ball and in challenging on the ball. i felt barton did well, he sprayed the passes which nobody else in the squad would have done last night. arfa was good too, he is a class act, just that he got subbed out too early. jose enrique was the usual self, world class left back imo. he is so confident on the ball, and he challenges like a bull against attackers. carroll couldnt do anything much because he was shut out, and wasnt provided much help. the defence did ok, except that i feel krul needs to up his game, i felt he was abit slow in his reactions at time.

    and im gonna condemn 2 players and that is routledge and nolan. routledge is ure shit imo, just runs without contributing anything at all. whats the use if you play your own game, and not helping out the team? and of course nolan was totally lost in the whole game, didnt see him much. he was supposed to help carroll but he himself cant play decent football. he was way better in the championship imo.

    and hughton, what was he thinking man? he took 2 of the better players in the game away, tiote was really doing well and arfa was still working very hard in finding the gap in the defence. but he took our threats away. routledge should have gone off, way before halftime. every game, hughton decides to start himinstead of putting both jonas and arfa on the field. they would have created so much problem for a lotof defence. when jonas came on last night, he made a couple of runs into the penealty box and supplied the ball to the attackers. he did something which routledge couldnt even do in 90 mins. what a shame.

    really hope hughton wake up his idea, probably thats the reason why he is still not offered a new deal, too cautious when even mike ashley feels that the squad could have been chosen better.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Another thing I dont understand is why Hoots did not use his last sub, we should have got McLoven involved

  • ThaiMag

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #23

    If CH insists to play 4-5-1 at home, I would suggest him to play with this team.

    Raylor Williamson Coloccini Enrique
    —————Barton Tiote
    Routledge——-Ben arfa———–Jonas

    Surely, we could have won with this team

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #24

    @ ThaiMag // Sep 27, 2010 at 12:20 PM (22)


  • HOGC

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #25

    thaimag, i like that team, it has cover at the back, as well as attacking threat. but hughton would never ever put such a team on the pitch.

  • darthkir

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #26

    if only nolan got injured for the season, maybe it will be a blessing in disguise, otherwise i cant see CH dropping his captain…

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #27

    @ darthkir // Sep 27, 2010 at 12:51 PM (26)

    DO NOT wish any of our players injured.

    Before long, injuries will ravage our squad (like they do every Prem season) and we will be screwed.

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 27, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #28

    darthkir, howay man. Thats a bit hard… !

  • darthkir

    Sep 27, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #29

    sorry guys, i meant no harm… it was just my frustation saying that 🙁

  • Brutooon

    Sep 28, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #30

    We got championship players on the right (Routledge and Perch) and this is not RIGHT

  • nufcursed

    Sep 28, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #31

    i dont agree with most of the comments here.we played a decent match but just lacked that bit of creativity to create chances. for all the possession we had, we havent created chances. the reason for that is nolan imo. he’s no playmaker.
    as for perch he played well!he’s a better RB than taylor. i think coloccini is the weakness in our defence, he wasnt fully committed with both goals. i think nolan should be replaced by a striker (ranger or vuckic) so barton can play more attacking. carroll looked hopeless up front on his own.

    players for me had a poor game: coloccini nolan routledge

    good game: perch barton(1st half) tiote (best player)

    we need to change routledge colo and nolan!
    replace by vuckic, campbell, ranger (gosling?)

    percg is not a championship player he got some very good tackles in.cant believe people critizing him for an own goal. he’s miles better than taylor: more pace and more skill.
    if there’s one championship player it’s routlegde. he’s useless in the prem

    anyone with footballknowlegde care to discuss?


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