Hughton’s Game Plan Almost Worked So Well Yesterday

Newcastle played as well yesterday at Eastlands, as they did when they beat Everton, but the lads have nothing, zilch, zero –  to show for their gutsy performance.

Chris Hughton – Newcastle so unlucky yesterday

Chris talked about Newcastle’s performance at Eastlands yesterday:

“We knew how tough it would be with the quality they’ve got – it was going to be tough.” “It was about making sure we contained them, and having enough possession to create something ourselves.”“I didn’t see too much wrong with our performance.”

“Tim Krul was very rarely tested, so I can’t fault the performance.” “All I can do is fault two major decisions that went against us.” “We did enough to get something from the game.” “Overall, I don’t think there’s anybody who wouldn’t feel that.”

“It’s been a horrible day. With the emotions of football, we all get carried away with winning and losing game, but what overrides all of that is when someone gets a bad injury. That’s exactly what he’s (Ben Arfa) got.”

And young  22 year-old goalkeeper Tim Krul, who had another solid game for the Magpies yesterday, couldn’t believe the decision to award a first-half penalty to City by inept referee Martin Atkinson:

“I think we deserved much more given the way we played – it was the best we’ve played all season.”“I thought we definitely we could have got a draw or even a win.” “It wasn’t a penalty – it was a good tackle. I was going to say ‘great tackle to Willo’. I couldn’t believe it.”

“It was a disgrace, but that’s what you get when you play the big teams.” “We didn’t get one at the other end. He didn’t give us anything.” “It was a shame because of the effort we put in.”

We played really well yesterday and got absolutely nothing but grief out of the game.

Now we need to play just as well at home against the inferior sides of the league  and pick up some points.

And that starts a week come Saturday when we are at home to Wigan Athletic – we need a win in that game.