Chris Hughton hasn’t got much time to think too much about last night’s third home defeat of the season at St James’ Park.
Chris Hughton – must prepare team quickly for Fulham game
Chris has only a couple of days to prepare the lads for the tough game against Fulham on Saturday.
Fulham played very well last night at Stamford Bridge, and only went down to a single goal from Michael Essien after 30 minutes, so they are in decent form and will be another tough test for the lads come Saturday afternoon.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We have to pick the lads up now.” “We have a tough game here on Saturday against Fulham and they will be a handful. We need to get back to winning ways.”
“We pushed and probably deserved a point against Blackburn. But we didn’t have the clear-cut chances.” “In terms of pressure and the amount of balls into the box, if there was a side that was going to win it was going to be us.”
“As I say, you can’t concede the goals we did.”
Newcastle were second best for much of the game last night, and you have to give credit to former manager Sam Allardyce for coming to Newcastle with a more than decent game plan, that Fulham may also look to employ on Saturday.
Newcastle had one of those games where they just couldn’t get going, for whatever reason – but why they keep those games for St. James’ Park, where a disappointing crowd of only just over 41,000 turned up last night – remains a mystery.
“It’s a low point because while it perhaps wasn’t one of our better performances, I certainly didn’t think we deserved to lose the game.”
“Blackburn came with a game plan and played with five at the back and four in midfield and played on the counter.” “I suppose they did it well enough to get the three points.”
We think that a draw would have been a fairer result, but hey, that’s the way the cookie crumbles, and is even more reason the lads need to pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and then get a win against Fulham on Saturday afternoon.