Yesterday’s game could be a significant one in the season for Newcastle United.
Jonas Gutierrez – after scoring great goal yesterday
That’s bcause not only did they lose the game, their second league defeat in a row, but they have lost one of their star players, Hatem Ben Arfa, probably for the rest of the season.
The Newcastle players were subdued following the incident of the broken leg, which was caused after 4 minutes by Dutchman DeJong, with another of his reckless tackles.
And then Newcastle went behind on 18 minutes from a disputed penalty, that Carlos Tevez put away, but then the lads started to came back into the game, with a great goal from the industrious Jonas Gutierrez on 24 minutes, his first of the season.
Hughton talked about DeJong’s reckless tackle this morning:
“I thought it was a challenge that didn’t need to be made,” “When you have a young, talented player who gets that type of injury, and it’s there for his team-mates to see, it’s very upsetting.”
“The over-riding feeling for me is I have a team I’m very proud of, that went about their business the right way, but that unjustly came out with a result that shouldn’t have been the case.”
Hughton surprised everybody by dropping Andy Carroll to the substitutes’ bench, after all Carroll’s publicity at presumably being named for the first time today in the England squad to play Montenegro a week tomorrow.
Chris talked about Andy:
“Andy had a touch of a virus last week and if I looked at his last performances, he’d perhaps just lost that little edge,”
“We’ve got Shola, who had a fabulous game at Chelsea in the League Cup and trained really well. I thought Shola deserved the edge, that’s not a negative on Andy.”
“Andy’s a massive part of this club and will continue to be so – but we have to have competition in all areas.”
Sol Campbell also finally made his Premier League debut for Newcastle after Fabricio Coloccini suffered a first-half groin strain, and Newcastle were in the peculiar position of having already used two of their subs by half tim e, after Wayne Rutledge had replaced Ben Arfa early in the game.
But after the fight and spirit the lads showed yesterday under tremendous adversity, it’s hard to be critical of them. In fact they did us proud, even in defeat.