As we had mentioned yesterday James Perch looked a crestfallen player after the game at Stoke on Sunday after his own goal had given Stoke all 3 points.
James Perch – with the impressive Matthew Etherington on Sunday
And James will have to get over the disaster if he is to keep his place and become a success on Tyneside, and Hughton talked to the Evening Chronicle today about his summer signing from Nottingham Forest:
“James is an ever- present in the side and he has to put what has happened behind him.” “Nobody will feel worse about Sunday than James.”“These things happen, and the only way to put them behind you is by bouncing back.”
“It is one mistake and everybody makes them in life, not just football.” “We know he has the strength of character and he will now move on to the next game.”
The Chronicle today point out that Chris was in the Spurs side in 1987, the day a famous own goal was scored at Wembley, when his team-mate Gary Mabbutt scored for the opposition, Coventry, that gave them a 3-2 win in the FA Cup final.
Mabbutt of course went on to play for England after the setback and won the FA Cup again with Spurs in 1991, when they beat Nottingham Forest 2-1, and when asked if Perch could take some heart from Mabbutt, Hughton said today:
“That is the other end of the spectrum, but it shows players will make mistakes.” “They are part and parcel of football, and it is up to James to get on with it now.”
“We scored a goal from a penalty on Sunday and I am quite sure the player who conceded that for Stoke will have had some of the blame proportioned on him – it is part of the game.”
We know that some fans don’t think Perch is up to it at Newcastle, but we still think Chris will stick with the player at Manchester City an Sunday, and hope that James can prove he has the courage and skills to eventually make him a success on Tyneside.
Remember that it took Jose Enrique quite some time before he became one of the best players at the club, and Jose cost a whopping £6.2M from Spanish club Villareal.
We hope James can follow Jose in doing the exact same thing, but much more quickly.
Give the lad a chance and some encouragement