Hughton Bemoans Dreadful Penalty Decisions – VIDEO

Chris Hughton Interview With the BBC after the game today

45 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Oct 3, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #1

    At least he said its too early to put a time frame on! I’m hoping he will be back January time but of course I have nothing to base that on!

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 3, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #2

    He should have come out and said:

    “The ref ruined the game. Every big decision he shied away from and every 50-50 he gave to the home team. He was scared of upsetting City and didn’t have the backbone to send players off or anger the home support.”

    “Also, the scumbag that targeted Hatem deserves a minimum of a 5 game ban. I’m sick of having my players targeted by other managers. At Wolves it was Barton being kicked off the park by professional leg-breaker, Karl Henry.”

    “This time, after having Roberto Mancini see us play against Everton, and having him realise that Hatem is one of the most talented players in the world, I feel disgusted that he’s clearly sent his players out to attack my player.”

    “It’s becoming a joke. Referees aren’t up to the job. Managers are doing anything to win. And there are now players that are LITERALLY only in teams to break players legs.”

    “It used to be that players were in teams to break up the play. Stop the waves et cetera. Now managers are putting players in teams to end their careers.”

    “When that starts to happen, you have to ask, ‘What’s happening to football?’ This is a game that was created to keep people fit and slowly turned into a game people watched for fun and to see beautiful things. A sort of art, even. Now, it’s all about winning. I’m so glad there’s other teams in this league that don’t have to cynically attack players to win.”

    “Look at West Brom and Blackpool. They’ve come into the hardest league in the world, with players that many pundits and fans have said are ‘inferior’ or ‘not good enough’. Yet they haven’t resorted to hitman-style football to stay up and they are in the top half. They, along with ourselves, I believe, have come into this league and brought ethics with us.”

    “None of this launching throw-ins into the box from anywhere in the opposition’s half. None of this ‘get the ball and the man’ football. No. Nice passing football and I feel it would be a credit to, not only the Championship, or the Premiership, but world football if all three of us were to stay up this season.”

  • Tom4Nufc

    Oct 3, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #3

    ^ Amen.

  • john_cena163

    Oct 3, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree ref should b band. Arfa was in pain lieng down n dis bloody ref didnt even stop da game. Wish i was in newcastle i would hav slap dat dick head ref . Hope dis injury doesnt affects ben’s game.

  • pearceet

    Oct 3, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Lads, imo this is nothing like two seasons ago, we were crap then and played really really badly, this season with the exception of stoke 2nd half and blackpool we have looked like a decent team who is very much capable of holding our own, the reason we havent got more points is that we have been a bit unlucky and we need experience to manage to get from 1-0 up to 2-0 up for example it will come we have a relatively young team and we will be ok

    Gutted about HBA tho

  • pearceet

    Oct 3, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Lads, imo this is nothing like two seasons ago, we were crap then and played really really badly, this season with the exception of stoke 2nd half and blackpool we have looked like a decent team who is very much capable of holding our own, the reason we havent got more points is that we have been a bit unlucky and we need experience to manage to get from 1-0 up to 2-0 up for example it will come we have a relatively young team and we will be ok…. i hope

    Gutted about HBA tho

  • Hawaiian Geordie

    Oct 3, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #7

    no word yet on the extent of ben arfa’s injury.

    our thoughts are with you hatem

  • Thump

    Oct 3, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #8

    What are you on about pearceet? We had a great start 2 seasons ago.

    @HTL: spot on.

  • pearceet

    Oct 3, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #9

    These were our first 10 results from two seasons ago

    1-1 1-0 0-3 1-2 1-3 0-2 2-2 2-2 1-2 2-1……
    d w l l l l d d l w

    Thats not very good really…… and we were 19th after 10 games……… wouldnt call that a great start 2 wins 5 loses and 3 draws

  • Obafan

    Oct 3, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #10

    De Jong is an absolute digrace; later this night I will watch the Ducth football talkshow and I’m sure it will be mentionned and Hugo Borst will be very hard. He and others have spoken a dozen of times and said that De Jong is a disgrace for the Dutch football.

    On the game:
    1. Congrats to all the lads for this performance; we were as good as City and deserved more out
    of the game.

    2. The ref should be banned for the rest of his life; tackle on Ben Arfa was always a free kcik even if he touched the ball a little bit. The pen decisions were awful; I cannot understand that he saw it that way; I think other things were in his mind to judge those tackles in the way he did (I’m not suggesting anything, but come on even a mole could see that.

    3. Lots of credit for Ameobi; he always gets lots of comments but today he played outstanding.

    4. Tiote is worldclass. Campbell is still a very good defender and Krul is a very good keeper!

    5. I’m so gutted about this game. I wonder what the pros in LOTD 2 will say about this game.

  • Obafan

    Oct 3, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #11

    * MOTD 2 off course 😉

  • jimiley

    Oct 3, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #12

    The silver lining is that we have Smudger to call on to replace Wor Ben.

  • Thump

    Oct 3, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Aye because Smudger is an outstanding winger 😛

    Sol really surprised me today, he had a great game and held the attackers in his pocket for most of his time on the pitch. Don’t think Shola deserves much credit, he spent most of the time on his knees and was his typical, lethargic self.

  • Thump

    Oct 3, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #14

    “In the early stages of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League fixture against Manchester City, Hatem Ben Arfa was stretchered from the field of play following a tackle by Manchester City’s Nigel de Jong.

    X-rays taken this afternoon have confirmed that he has suffered a broken tibia and fibula of his left leg.

    He will undergo surgery tomorrow morning.

    Everyone connected with the club sends Hatem their best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    At this stage no time limit has been put on his expected return date. ”


  • Turkish Magpie

    Oct 3, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #15

    My Grandma is a very religious woman and i watched the match with her today, she doesn’t have a clue about football and has no idea of any of the rules, yet she even knew we were cheated out of todays game and she said that after all this bad luck we’ll win a cup (Arsenal at home immediately sprang to mind) I bloody hope she’s right and after today we dam right deserve it!

    My player ratings for today:

    Krul: 6 – so low because he barely had anything to do! Which shows how unlucky we were today (Krul is barely tested and we lose 2-1)

    Perch: 7- Impressed me a bit today, He was 10 times better than last week however i think Ryan Taylor deserves that RB spot

    Coloccini 7- was solid until his unfortunate injury, nearly scored aswell 😀

    Williamson 7- again solid, definately wasn’t a penalty and he really is becoming a class CB

    Campbell 7- his experience shone through today and he showed he’s still got it 😉 A very good signing by Hughton in terms of cover.

    Enrique 6- Was very good when needed as always but was quite quiet which again compliments our efforts today

    Arfa 10- Simply because of the desire he showed to stay on the pitch today. He so badly wanted to play and you could see it as he was stretchered off ( he’s an adopted geordie 😉 )

    Routledge 6- half the player of Arfa, just runs and crosses, need something different!

    Barton 7- Played well as usual and seems to thrive on the boos, did nothing wrong and made up for every mistake

    Tiote 9- This guy is just class, out muscled and out classed every player in the Man City midfield, what a signing!

    Nolan 7- showed good leadership and experience, again like Barton did nothing wrong and made up for every mistake

    Jonas 10- MOTM, was exceptional today, looked possesed, played with such passion and belief. He played his best game in a black N white shirt by far! Deserves his place in the team.

    Ameobi 8- did surprisingly well and put him self about really well, gave the City defence a very good battle.

    Carroll 6- wasn’t really on long enough to do anything however i was very dissapointed to see that as soon as he came on evry player seemed to just think ‘put a hopefull ball into the box’ and completely changed our style of play, which was running Man City rugged

  • davis_toons

    Oct 3, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Hey guys,

    Juz wanna check is this the Ref that Big Sam talks about the “Mickey Mouse Ref” ?

    Martin Atkinson

  • geist

    Oct 3, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #17

    oh god, not good that he has broken both the tibia and fibula.

  • Thump

    Oct 3, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #18

    @davis_toons: It wasn’t Big Sam who said that – it was Joe Kinnear.

  • Thump

    Oct 3, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #19

    For the record, a tib and fib break (assuming it’s clean) can take around 12 weeks to heal and potentially 18 or so weeks for physio… and that’s for GOOD healers 🙁

  • davis_toons

    Oct 3, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Yeah..Joe Kinnear..!!! Who ever it is..he has turn from Mickey to Mini

  • Turkish Magpie

    Oct 3, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #21

    By my calculations of how long he’ll be out for he should be back for mackems (a)

  • davis_toons

    Oct 3, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Anyone got the video of Arfa injury moment?

  • Spuggy

    Oct 3, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Arfa will not play again this season…..

  • Spuggy

    Oct 3, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Hmmm if its a lower fracture it could be quicker……

  • davis_toons

    Oct 3, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #25

    But i thought these places is protected by shin guard?

    That tackle must be damn heavy.

  • Spuggy

    Oct 3, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #26

    I dont know if I can bare to watch MOTD!!!

  • davis_toons

    Oct 3, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #27

    I hope he can be given more time to heal even if his bone are back. To gain the extra cofidence.

    Fear will always be there. Just like Smith.

  • davis_toons

    Oct 3, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #28

    And lastly, hope he wont return and play like differently..

  • Thump

    Oct 3, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #29

    @Turkish: I sincerely hope so.

    @Davis: Take it from me – shin pads don’t help broken bones as much as they help rogue kicks to the shin. If you watch the video you’ll see him go down and the entire lower leg BEND – chances are the shinny snapped.

  • stuart no9

    Oct 3, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #30

    MOTD just started, dont really want to watch the ben arfa tackle , or the penalty decisions,but watch again how we ripped them apart playing quality football , well done lads

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 3, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #31

    davis, the good thing is Hatem seems a strong character and he’s young so although I think he’ll return a worse player, not as bad as it could be.

    And if you think Smith is scared of getting an injury I think you should watch him a little closer. He’s not great, but, my God, is he fearless

  • callie9

    Oct 3, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #32

    Haha a broken tib and fib = a lot more than 3 months

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 3, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Definitely longer than 3 months. I’d say he’ll be back around early March if he recovers normally.

    If it’s a bad recovery then he’s out for the season.

    If it’s good then mid Feb.

  • Parky

    Oct 3, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Broken fib + tib, isn’t that the same as ramsey’s injury? which means around nine months … :'(

  • IrishGeordie95

    Oct 3, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #35

    he may be out for whenever, a long time anyway but he’s an amazin wee character and i’d say he’d be pushin himself to get well again which is really good to see:)
    he’s young and all he wants to do is play football and he’s proved that he wants to do it fot the toon so hopefully he’ll get better soon and set the premiership alight again:)

    prayin for ye hatem u adopted geordie:D

  • stk85

    Oct 3, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #36

    the motd ppl, lee dixon is a disgrace, its unfortunate my arsend! those tackles are needed, yea **** off! he’s a thug who made a completely unnecessary challenge.


  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 3, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #37

    How the f*** have they just condoned THAT tackle?

    I am disgusted! When is Robbie Savage gonna take over from these clowns. He snapped his leg. You don’t just snap someone’s leg in a fair challenge.


    Why are these cretins still on our screens.

    ‘He had to make it.’

    No. He didn’t. He could have just swept the ball from him, remained on his feet and nobody’s career is in jeopardy.

    But, no, in this league players can get away with bone-shattering challenges.

    I think it’s fair to say he meant to do it. He completed his job. Don’t let HBA play – he may not have wanted to break his leg, but he meant to either injure him for one game or scare him into not wanting the ball for the game.

    If that’s what the BBC condone, well, let’s just say, I’m refusing to pay my license this year

    ‘It’s just unfortunate.’

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 3, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #38

    I wonder how Lee Prickson would have felt if at 23 his career was ended from a needless tackle like that.

    Would he feel fine about those sort of tackles then?

    It seemed like Alan Hanson was embarrassed by it and just decided to be quiet.

  • dave 1961

    Oct 3, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #39

    I de compiled the video and watched it frame by frame the velocity of his left leg increased frame by frame, this meant it was a deliberate attempt to end the game for ben arfa, just a thug & simple as that. if I can get hd video I can work out the force used, as he started the tackle with his left foot and his right leg trailing, he then kicked out with the right aiming for his left knee. this simply could not be an accident.

  • Thump

    Oct 3, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #40

    @Callie: I was talking about healing time and ability to get back into training. It’s going to hurt for the next 12 months while his body gets used to foreign objects (pins, assuming they use them) and heals fully. Breaking any weight bearing structure is a terrible experience for the fact that it heals slowly. The lad could end up being a CDM like Smudge 🙁


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