24-year-old James Perch will have bad memories whenever anybody mentions Stoke City in the future, because it was his own goal yesterday that cost Newcastle all 3 points.
James Perch – diving header for Stoke City yesterday
Perch did not have a good second half yesterday, on returning to the Newcastle first team, and apparently Perch was very down in the dressing room after the game.
Hughton told the Shields Gazette today.
“He’ll be devastated – you always are when something like that happens,” “He’s the one person you don’t need to speak to after the game. As bad as we feel, nobody will be feeling worse than him.”
We hate to keep writing this but Newcastle had completely dominated the first half player without creating one clear cut chance, which is why we though the Gods were on our side when Newcastle got a penalty after Robert Huth’s foul on Andy Carroll and captain Kevin Nolan fired home form the spot.
And a good side would be able to hold that lead at home – but not Newcastle – not the Newcastle of the second half yesterday that looked so vulnerable to the high ball into the box.
“It was a combination of a couple of things – not doing enough in that second period, and also conceding.” “I couldn’t fault the commitment of the players.”
“Even going into that last few minutes, I thought we could get back on level terms, but we didn’t have enough to break down a very resilient back line.”
“For me, this was a missed opportunity. We’re at home and leading 1-0, and played well enough in that first half without being on our best form.” “We weren’t able to cap off a very good week.”
We just cannot continue throwing points away at home in the league against ordinary sides, because if we’ll do we’ll be in another relegation scrap this season, which is the very last thing we all want to see.