Chris Hughton Standing By Crestfallen James Perch

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

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • Davies

    Sep 28, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    I actually felt for him when that ball went in.

  • Davies

    Sep 28, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Ooh! Firsties!!!

  • bburgarelli

    Sep 28, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #3

    With all due respect for Hughton, keeping Perch in the first eleven is pure nonsense. R. Taylor is in great shape, there is no reason to put Perch higher in the pecking order.

  • lamus

    Sep 28, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #4

    From what I’ve seen of R Taylors defensive ability he will be liability in the premiership.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 28, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #5

    So that will be Perch starting against Citeh then.

    He showed one decent tackle against Stoke, even then he was only inches from taking the man out.

    Im not confident in him and I feel Hoots will leave him in the team to show there are no hard feelings over the own goal.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 28, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #6

    What I dont get is why do defenders/playes make the decision to try and play a ball back towards their goal?

    Up the other end we would have said that was a brilliant diving header of a goal, but I just dont see the need to play the ball towards your goal when defending.

  • toon_shy

    Sep 28, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #7

    What is the problem with u guys. Whether perch is up to it or not he is the best rb at the club and you should be behind him whatsoever. And to be honest he is the best rb the club has for a long time.
    Get real.

  • Klatoon

    Sep 28, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #8

    So if City play th same side that beat ChelC,whoever plays RB will be up against Silva/Milner.Perch has the pace to match them and physique to dominate them,he just has to calm down abit and work on positioning. Raylor will get skinned by these 2,th same way V.Aanholt did,its a pity because hes th best crosser of the ball at the clubl. The midfield trio of D.Jong,Toure and Barry will be forced in2 fouls in dangerous places by B.Arfa and Routy who like drifting infield and we all kno wat Rayls can do frm FK’s. I would say Perch to play awy 4rm hme,Raylor at SJP.

  • mattnufc

    Sep 28, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #9

    I really dont see why we paid 1 mil for this Championship player, when we could have spent a bit more to get someone good, eg Habib Beye!

  • aguero10

    Sep 28, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #10

    I don’t even care about the own goal anymore, even without that he still had a nightmare and i also think Huth was only going to put it in anyway. Positionally he hasn’t got a clue and he dives in to tackles far too much, he goes to ground at every opportunity. The man is a liability and Ryan Taylor is equally as bad, however i would still give him the nod just for his set piece and crossing abilities.

  • aguero10

    Sep 28, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Also just to add i’m not judging him only on Sundays performance i’m talking about every game i’ve seen him play going back to pre-season. I don’t like to be negative and bash players as they try their best and nobody plays bad on purpose but i just think we seriously need a better quality right back in January.

  • Spoonz13

    Sep 28, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Perch should be dropped, not for the own goal but for a poor performance overall. Obviously I’m not going to say he doesn’t deserve a chance, and he maybe is better than R Taylor defensively, but i believe Ryan is much better going forward and think he should get his chance after two decent carling cup games.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 28, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #13

    too shy

    You’re asking us to get real !!!! Perch has probably played 45 good minutes out of 900 !!
    His tackling is worse timed than Smith ! 5 yellows don’t lie.

    I’m more worried up the other end. I know Bellamy was a complete………, but pace is so important in that 2nd striker / attacking midfield berth and comparing Bellamy to Nolan is like the hare and the tortoise !

  • atom

    Sep 28, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Davies- I felt bad for him too. Playing devils advocate here (not defending Perch’s play) but to leave him out vs Citeh would make a bad situation worse. I am not sure there is a good solution to be had as I don’t think Raylor is a good enough defender. Shame as we could use his crossing/ on ball skill and service. Maybe starting Jonas for Routledge would provide Raylor the cover he needs to be effective?

  • repo

    Sep 28, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #15

    But is Perch any better than Simpson .?

    who likes to back off from wingers and letting them get in crosses.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 28, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #16

    Simpson, Perch and Best not CH’s finest moments !!

  • Thump

    Sep 28, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #17

    Perch is fearless which is a plus, but he needs to sort his tackling out – he’s reckless. While I definitely rate R. Taylor’s ability ahead of Perch, he definitely should NOT start against City. Start Taylor at home, I don’t think he’s good enough away at such a faux-big club. Wouldn’t mind seeing him in the final 20, though.

  • Doha Mag

    Sep 28, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Let’s get behind all the players and that includes Perch who scored a terrific goal in Sunday’s game. Unfortunately, into his own goal…..

    Perch is the best RB currently available although this could change very sson when Simpson and then Steven Taylor return from injury.

    I don’t expect any points from the City game, but there again, I didn’t expect us the lose against Blackpool and Stoke, or get wins at Everton and Chelsea.

    I’m back in Blighty for the Wigan game and plan to go to SJP and watch the toon win…….

  • alex84

    Sep 28, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #19

    id like to see xisco have a go, dunno why but think hughton could get the best out of him…could be wrong tho.

  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 28, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Ed, seriously, I’m getting proper annoyed by all these e-mails you’re sending me. PLEASE STOP!

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 28, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Doha Mag, Me to (Wigan) with my son for his first visit to “The Cathedral”. hope he/we don’t leave disappointed.

  • sweendog

    Sep 28, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #22

    heres an idea when we play stoke again away from home ..


    Williamson – Collo – Campbell
    Routledge – Barton – – Arfa – Guti

    we’d out muscle them in defence and out play them on the park ..

  • sweendog

    Sep 28, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #23

    note routledge and guti would be back helping the defence out but with the pace to break down and attack .. I think we’d easily beat them ..

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 28, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Routledge would be back? Didn’t know that he was out.

  • leedodd

    Sep 28, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #25

    We Need to Go 4-4-2 Afra on the left and have Nolan in the Middle – Carroll and Strola Up Front . We are far far better than on Sunday !!!!! Watch out Man City !!!!!! Typical Newcastle of old like they were with Mr Mcfaul in Goal , Great in the Hard Games and the wheels fall off when we should win the Game against the smaller Clubs.

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 28, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #26

    And why have you left out Enrique? Can’t see Campbell getting forward like “The Bull” does.

  • Toon_fan83

    Sep 28, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #27

    I wouldnt mind seeing tavernier given a chance at RB. He looks very calm on the ball for such a young lad and is decent physically and has the pace to match perch. S taylor is imo the best rb at the club withperch behind him if tavernier doesnt do the business. R taylor and simpson are both woefull at defending and would get ripped to shreds by any winger in the prem.

  • baro

    Sep 28, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Besides the own goal Ryan Taylor is still way better than Perch. Ryan Taylor can defend better, excellent set pieces and free kicks, and can create goals with a excellent cross.

  • Thump

    Sep 29, 2010 at 4:12 AM

    Comment #29

    Ryan Taylor better in defence? Gotta disagree with you, baro mate. Perch definitely has more defensive wile about him.

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Sep 29, 2010 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #30

    Perch is willing to put his body on the line and he scored a own goal.

    Howay the lads
    Keep the Faith 🙂

  • Klatoon

    Sep 29, 2010 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #31

    When is S Taylor expected back? Until he’s back,Perch should continue at RB. BTW anybody remember how woeful Enrique was when he 1st arrived?

  • perch

    Sep 29, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #32

    some of you pricks want too give your head a shake !!!!!!

  • shearermania

    Sep 29, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #33

    so if the Mabbutt story to go by this can only mean one thing in the future:

    Perch for England

    funny eh????

  • shearermania

    Sep 29, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #34

    Perch is the complete package:
    1.exelent defending
    2.exelent ball skills
    3.great crosser
    4.fantastic positioning
    5. great leader
    6.fantastic timer of tackles (all his yellows were down to the refs all got it wrong)
    7.great composure in front of goal (last demonstrated against Stoke)
    8. sublime tecnique
    9.electric pace

    it wont be long before the likes of chelski & man citeh come knocking with a huge offer…..
    we are just soo lucky we got him for now…..I reckon Hoots should make him vice-captain

  • steve1980

    Sep 29, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #35

    He should be bloody crestfallen – he’s rubbish, and this is in a team famous for some truly awful defenders. I would change the right flank completely on Sunday – drop Perch & Routledge, start Ryan Taylor and Jonas. Gutierrez has actually played right back for his country, and he does track back, so it would be interesting to see how the combo would work. I mean, at least give it a go. I’m not having a go at WR, i think he’s all right, but i’d reserve him more for cup games etc, plus good pacey option from the bench always. But i’m sorry, i had a bad old feeling about Perch when he was brought in, and i hate to say i was right. Quietly, Hughton seems to be majorly stubborn and won’t change things up even when its staring him in the face. Taking Tiote off, who played well, rather than Nolan, visibly flagging by that point, on Sunday was a huge tactical error, and shows weak management skills, as in not wanting to upset such a “key” player. Thats what good managers do! Now, i’ve bags of time for Nolan, and he has a huge role to play for us – just not in every game, not in every formation. The sooner CH starts to get that point, the sooner we can maybe start going about our home games against lower table opposition with a little more positivity. And for fucks sake, give Lovenkrands a league game!


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