You cannot give gift goals away and expect to do well in the Premier League, and that was the message Chris gave his troops after last night’s surprising 2-1 defeat against Blackburn.
Chris Hughton – at last night’s game
Mistakes by Cheick Tiote and Mike Williamson were enough to give Sam Allardyce’s side all 3 points after Newcastle had secured three successive wins, and it burst Newcastle’s bubble – but the lads were just too vulnerable in defense, and we now expect either Steven Taylor or Sol Campbell to get a run-out on Saturday afternoon against Fulham.
Chris was obviously frustrated with the two very poor goals given away, and talked after the game:
“It is very frustrating on the back of three wins,” “There is no doubt there is confidence there after our victories but they came, stifled us and defended very, very well.” “We had to show more guile and unfortunately we couldn’t do that.”
“We lost to two bad goals. We got ourselves into the game and then got done with a sucker punch,” “You know what a tough game it is going to be against Blackburn. They are a very physical side, they know how to play the game and get a result. They know how to get as much out of the referee as they can.”
“But you can’t afford to make the mistakes we made and get away with it. We pushed and pushed and pushed in the second half – they defended well and played on the counter.”
We were so disappointed after the game last night, because the lads again threw points away at home, and although Newcastle didn’t have much luck last night, you don’t really deserve much of that, when you make simple mistakes at the back.
We were hard on Blackburn last night, but in retrospect they came with a game plan and they executed it well, and it just shows that there are no easy games in the Premier League – none at all.
Cheick Tiote started the rot very early when he tried to dribble his way out of the penalty after two minutes had elapsed, and the Blackburn players pounced on him, won the ball, and Pedersen gratefully slotted the ball into the net. Oh no – what a mistake – it was just unbelievable for Newcastle fans.
Cheick has been great for Newcastle this season, but he has to cut down his dribbles when in a dangerous area, and Chris will no doubt be drumming that into the Ivorian.
Andy Carroll scored with a brilliant header from an excellent Joey Barton free kick after 47 minutes , and he will have done his England chances no harm with that goal, as England fans around the country are starting to see Andy as a potential huge player in England’s future.
And then on 82 minutes a long ball was played downfield and produced a goal and you know there’s something very worrying when that happens.
Jason Roberts out muscled Mike Williamson to the ball, and Mike fell to the ground, presumably injured, as Jason finished off what was a good goal for Blackburn. Mike has to get stronger in these challenges, and maybe a few more visits to the weight room will allow him to be able to do that when he needs to.
Cheick Tiote picked up his 5th yellow card in the first half last night and will therefore miss the Fulham game, and with such a strong squad, and a relatively poor performance last night, we’ve got to think Hughton will make at least 3 changes for the Fulham game.
We are still conceding too many goals, and since we have experienced Steven Taylor and Sol Campbell on the bench, we would expect at least one of these players to start on Saturday.
Between the two of them they’ve made just two appearances this season.
But it’s hard to have much sympathy for Newcastle last night, they basically deserved what they got, and of course the two players who made the big mistakes are playing in the Premier League for the first time, so they will learn form last night.
It’s not that we played really badly either, and if the defense had been stronger, we could have still got all 3 points – so no time to panic about anything – and the lads will learn from last night’s game.