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Hughton’s Game Plan Almost Worked So Well Yesterday

2:05 pm, Monday, October 4th, 2010 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

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.

Tags: Hatem Ben Arfa · Newcastle News · Tim Krul

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Brutooon // Oct 4, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    we got a championship players on our right side

  • 2 G // Oct 4, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Given the recent form, It’s a shame were not up against Liverpool in the next game? Never a better time to play them in my opionion. Brutoon at post 1 – Come on mate, get behind the team. The negativity is really getting to me now.

  • 3 antmanbee // Oct 4, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Agree with G…Benny aside, and the recent results aside, I reckon there are more reasons to be cheerful than not, in both work rate and ability.
    My only worry is that we aren’t creating enough in the last third of late and that CH can address this tactically, which he seemed to attempt before yesterday’s game went t*ts up thru’ circumstances…

  • 4 alex84 // Oct 4, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    im very proud of the lads, they played a great game yesterday and in my opinion it should have been a point to us at least, we have a class player in tiote and colo is showing his class now, we were robbed yesterday plain and simple…the ref fully buckled nder the pressure andgave everyhing there way, if we keep playin this way we will be safe, and have every faith in chris hughton!! bring on the next game!!get well soon benny!…oh and fair play to perch i thought he had a good game!

  • 5 NUFC_Richyg01 // Oct 4, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    I think we are more than holding our own.

    We dominated the first half yesterday and we were only undone by VERY POOR refereeing!

  • 6 Turkish Magpie // Oct 4, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    I think we should all do this….

  • 7 lesh // Oct 4, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Could it be that Hughton kept Carroll on the bench to manage his disappointment at….

  • 8 CT // Oct 4, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Guthrie/ Simpson getting a run out in the reserves t`morrow. Both would be very wecome returns, but to be fair Perch did ok yesterday. Guthrie/Barton c.mid could be tasty!!

  • 9 atom // Oct 4, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    I have been impressed with the lads thus far this season and think we are unlucky to not be higher up in the table. They only time where we have come off as second best would be opening night against the Mancs. For me, Hoots has gotten it right most of the time this season. You have to be impressed that we scored one and should have had a pk against Citeh, who Chelsea could not break down.

  • 10 dave 1961 // Oct 4, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    here’s a good one for you lads the premier league have had the video’s of the tackle removed from you tube. it proves beyond doubt that the only thing they are bothered is the image, and covering up what animals like de jong do. is there no end to their arrogance, when they have cheats like Atkinson fiddling games & say nothing, the premier league are the most corrupt bunch going, they all have their fingers in the till. but don’t worry they are great at pretending that alls ok. bunch of fiddlers, one & all.

  • 11 Cheick Mate // Oct 4, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    Hi lads and lasses, if you havent already, please write a good will message for Hatem Ben Arfa in one of these 2 links.

    The messages will be read and collected soon and sent to the club and Ben Arfa personally.


  • 12 Thump // Oct 4, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    @dave: It’s because it’s violent and disturbing, basically. They did it with the Zamora break too.

  • 13 baro // Oct 4, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    Chris Hughton is amazing coach. I think we could of smashed Man City if Ben Arfa did not get injured. Anyways the ref is a bitch too

  • 14 ArtyH // Oct 5, 2010 at 8:00 AM

    IMHO I think any animal that breaks another players leg shoud be banned until the injured player is back on the field again, also without pay. That would certainly make the thugs like de jong think twice about making career ending tackles. Lets be fair in the area of the pitch where it happened that kind of tackle was not needed.

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