The Newcastle performance yesterday against Fulham was much better than the final result, and with just a little bit of luck, the lads could have ended up with all 3 points.
Chris Hughton – disappointed with only a draw
But it seems there are no easy teams these days in the Premier League, and this could be the most competitive PL for many a season.
Newcastle found it hard to break down the Cottagers, although they did have a few chances, and Peter Lovenkrands in particular had three chances, but all were more like half chances for the Danish striker.
And it was new England selection Andy Carroll who came closest to scoring, with a couple of good left foot volleys, both of which were well saved by an in-form Mark Schwarzer in the Fulham goal.
But it is obvious that Newcastle manager is never too happy with draws, especially at home, and wants the win and all 3 points.
This is what Chris said today:
“We’re just lacking that little bit in front of goal at the minute.” “You sometimes get to that stage in a game where perhaps that fear of losing the game – and we were caught out on Wednesday – becomes greater than playing expansively and going for the win.”
“Up against a very well-organized team with a lot of energy, I felt that we were the team that deserved to win.” “I felt before the game that Fulham are a good side. I knew it would be a tight game because most of their games are.”
“I’m disappointed. It’s not a bad point, but I felt if any side was going to go on and get the win it was going to be us,” “I didn’t think it would be a game with a lot of chances, but of course, what you hope is you put away the better chances that come your way.”
Newcastle’s home results have not been great this season as we all know, but in some of the games the lads have played really well without getting their just rewards. The Blackpool game and yesterday’s game are two games in point, that with a little bit more luck, they could have won both games – and yesterday’s performance was more than decent.
“Our home form has been a bit indifferent. It is something we need to address,” “Would we prefer to get more points at home? Of course we would. But we’re playing in a much tougher league, teams are coming to us and playing that bit deeper.”
“They are playing formations that need to be broken down and on those occasions we need to show that little bit more in the final third. On occasions we haven’t been able to do that, but we’ve also shown we’re a side that keeps going right through to the end.”
“Results are one thing and performances are another. I don’t think any supporters will have gone away thinking we didn’t try and win the game.”
Hughton had brought in Danny Guthrie and Peter Lovenkrands for Joey Barton and Shola Ameobi, but it was inevitable that they were not at their sharpest, having not played too many games at all for the first team this season.
Chris talked about that:
“It’s fair to say Peter was a little bit rusty. He is a player that hasn’t played too much first-team football recently,” “He did have some opportunities, but perhaps if you haven’t played the games there is always going to be that rustiness.”
“And it’s probably the same with Danny Guthrie. It’s just about getting them up to speed.”
Our next game is net Saturday afternoon, and it’s at Bolton, who are one point above us in the league at the moment, and that will be a difficult game, with Bolton now playing very well this season under Owen Coyle.
But Newcastle have done well away from home this season, and Chris will be working on a game plan that can see Newcastle get all 3 points next week, and if we can do that it would be another tremendous away result for the side.
If we have great difficulty winning games at home, which it seems we do, then we have to continue trying to win them away from home, if we are to keep the points coming.
Newcastle have 18 points from their first 13 league games, but it seems we could have had even more points, with just a little bit more luck on our side, bit it’s still a very solid start to the season.