Chris Hughton – We Didn’t Do Ourselves Any Favors


Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was not a happy man after the game today, and thought his side had been responsible for their own downfall in the terrible 5-1 loss to Bolton Wanderers.

Chris Hughton – we contributed to our own downfall

This is what Newcastle manager told Sky Sports after the game today:

“It was a very difficult day for us. We added to our own problems, certainly in that first-half period.”

“We started the game, I thought, very well, coped with the game that they play, very much working off the two front players,  Davies and Elmander, but I thought we coped with it very well.”

“But we added to our downfall by giving away two very poor goals in that first-half period.” “And then of course, what you have got – particularly here and in the form that they’re in – you’ve got a mountain to climb so we didn’t do ourselves any favors today.”

Chris was asked about the two penalties awarded against Newcastle and converted by Kevin Davies and the sending off of Argentine Fabricio Coloccini, and this is what Chris said:

“Well I thought certainly on the penalty second half – first half yes, Kevin’s hand balled it and I’ve got no arguments with that one – the second-half penalty Enrique most definitely plays the ball and I think you’ll see that tonight but it didn’t seem like it would be our day today.”

“But no arguments with most of the decisions, as I say we added to our own downfall.” “We created chances ourselves – that was the shame – that I think if we were able to keep the scoreline down to a reasonable score then we were still very, very much in the game.”

“But the game became an open game – of course, when we went down to ten men it was going to be that much more difficult for us and it was a hard afternoon for us.”

This seems to be the second game in the last three, that Newcastle have given the opposition the game, after gifting Blackburn two sloppy goals, so that’s one reason we think giving a chance to Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor makes some sense.

With Coloccini missing three games with his suspension, Chris will be forced to bring in at least one of them now, in any case.

Hughton  will probably bring in the very experienced Sol Campbell to replace the Argentine International, and surely the former England star with all his experience, can help to cut out the mistakes at the back.

We’ll have to wait and see what Chris decides to do – but there will be no panic – that’s for sure.



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77 comments so far

  • CT

    Nov 20, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Tactics, coaching the back 4 to get rid, not allowing the high ball to bounce, stronger in the challenge, get an experienced assistant who is a tactician would be a start.
    How many goals do we concede by fannying around at the back. Play occasionally to wide men who can get to the byeline and pull the ball back would be nice instead of aiming for Carrol`s head most of the time. Concentration against the so called lesser teams, got a bad feeling this team thinks they are better than half this league because they`ve had a couple of decent results. THEY ARE NOT!!

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  • SL_toon

    Nov 20, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #2

    @ all toon fans who are overreacting

    Its disheartening to see all the hard work put in by the team suddenly disappear as we get thumped. But, its worse to see ppl calling for CH’s head because of 4pts in last 3games. That’s right, 4 in the last 3. that’s good enough to stay up, if we keep going like this. Dont expect not to lose any, and dont expect a fine performance day in day out. But we are still not the favorites anymore to get releageted! isnt that good progress, considering we were favorites jus a few gameweeks back?! So hold back your criticism of CH and Ashley and the squad until its obvious that we’re heading for the drop. But im quite sure, the lads will start delivering results again once the monster (Tiote) and Barton are back…

    As for squad talent, the overall poor performance of today makes it look like we’re struggling with squad depth. Come on toon fans, stop calling for players to be sold/released when we need them. It’s not easy getting a PL quality winger and CM, even if you sell Smith+Guthrie. Maybe Krakjar is available, but what if we dont get him in the transfer window, and we’ve already sold the two we have?!
    It crazy to say we dont have depth. We’ve got Smith who can do a job, Guthrie who’s good as CM, Routs who can run, Sol and Saylor who are both highly rated and experienced, Gosling coming in soon, Ranger pushing for starting place, Lovernkrads is great if he can find form, Xisco/Best who have shown glimpses of what they can do, etc etc… !!!

    Come on, leds get behind the lads! Changes ARE in order, but that’s how a team works. Players find and lose form. But Fan’s must never lose faith!

    HWTL and CH!!

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  • Hatem Ben Arfa

    Nov 20, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #3

    i really dont know any more, ye make me sick, newcastle have a good manager, what the fkuck would any manager do with this team, its the players that is on the pitch playing/winning or losing, CH cant go on put on the likes of rooney drogba or torres, he can only work with players he has, because FAT **** ashley wont give him money, players thats there is only mid/lower table not world beaters

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 20, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #4

    TURE

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  • SGToon

    Nov 20, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #5

    I wonder why hughton has no confidence in routledge, preferring even guthrie, whom is defo not a right mid as shown today. Guthrie will have much more to contribute in the center as shown last season.

    It will be interesting to see what team Hughton fields for chelsea. Hopefully he does not panic and start to play defensively lookin for a draw max. With chelsea’s current form, injuries and suspension, it is now or never, if we are tryin to get something from them.

    Well at least this result may make hughton and mike ashley rethink about freshening things up with one or two players that might make a difference during the jan transfer window. Like last season, this may do wonders to our team.

    Nonetheless, interesting to see if we can pick ourselves up to show us the so called team spirit.

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  • SL_toon

    Nov 20, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Agreed there SGToon

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  • SGToon

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #7

    SL_toon … hopefully there are more of us that is as positive as you.

    This was one of the reasons why Sir Bobby was sacked before.

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  • SL_toon

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #8

    SGToon

    I think routledge hasnt got a good delivery that can feed our two front men. Guthrie is better at that, but not that great as Routs at dribbling.
    But I agree that Guthrie can do a job in CM, and we should have routs on the wing, and pray that he crosses well. 😀

    Shows how much we miss Barton now…

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  • peterktoon

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #9

    We need a new game plan. We are playing very boring football. The only plan there is to get a high ball in to Carroll and Shola and thats it!
    The other have already figured that out

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  • SL_toon

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #10

    “This was one of the reasons why Sir Bobby was sacked before.”

    I kinda understand now why toon fans have a ‘cant stand ’em” factor in the eyes of other clubs’ fans. Some of us expect too much and think in extremes. I remember some comments a while ago talking bout Europa league places and Carling Cup trphy… survival is the goal, anything else is just a bonus.
    I have grown to love the club because of the great team spirit at the moment, and the immense support home and away. But, I hope the fans dont start getting vocal with their criticism because that will affect the players and kill morale… then CH will get sacked.

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  • Whitecap

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Dismal performance today. I can’t put much of the blame here on Hughton, other than that the players didn’t seem very motivated. Perhaps I question why Guthrie was selected for right midfield over Ryan Taylor, who would have been great for set pieces particularly with Barton out.

    Unfortunately, NUFC don’t have the depth of squad to deal with the losses of Tiote, Barton and Ben Arfa. The midfield was probably the worst I have seen it. Is it true that Alan Smith was at one time good enough to play for England?

    We’ll probably win against Chelsea though because this team switches very easily between terrible and amazing.

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  • alex84

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #12

    number one priority – stay up!!
    anything else is a bonus, bring on the next game!

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  • SGToon

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #13

    SL_toon

    Agree that guthrie has a better delivery, but this just shows our predictability in our play. IMO, we really missed ben arfa in quite a few of our games, his dribbling, passing and shooting from range allow us to change our formation and style when one is not working.

    Nonetheless, for now, you are right, we do miss barton and tiote. 5-1 to us against the scums and now this, haha … life is defo not boring as a newcastle fan.

    Oh, on a side note, have to say, well done to bolton.

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Guthrie is fine guy, remb he is 23. Not 32
    A good backup payer for Newcastle anytime.

    Smith?
    (Look carefully what CH says)
    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_6516950,00.html

    CH is right! ”

    If no players is coming in, no players is going out.”

    Players going out just distub the team form and spirit, i guess.

    Just let some young players to try out. (Vuckic in place of Smith)

    Rest well Vuckic,
    Came back and fight for your place. Club Not buying is good news for you!

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  • SL_toon

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #15

    If I were CH, I’d play this against chelsea:

    Krul
    Simpson Willo Sol Enrique
    Tiote
    Routs Guthrie Jonas
    Nolan
    Carroll

    Subs: Smith, Saylor, Ranger, Ameobi, Perch, and others…

    Then bring on Ranger for Carroll whether we’re losing or not. Our no.9 needs a break from playin 90mins every gameweek.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Calm down…
    lets get behind the lads now..and…

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #17

    It is even more important now that we do not lose players. I do not anticipate anyone coming in when the transfer window opens in January and, if that is the case, I do not want anyone going out,” he told the Daily Express.

    “Alan is certainly in contention to play against Bolton. He has been a fantastic player for us and, irrespective of whether he is playing or not, he’s a good player to have around

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  • SGToon

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Whitecap

    Ryan Taylor is out for x weeks from a challenge from our Sol during traning. Oh, and someone was asking for Kaz Lua Lua to be returned and tried, he is out with a broken ankle and I think will be out for 10 weeks.

    and YES 17th is the target, lets tweak our mindsets to that this season and enjoy the ride.

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #19

    On Smith:

    Agreed
    “he’s a good player to have around” ,
    “irrespective of whether he is playing or not”

    He motivates the team.

    But of course, he will have to improve to get into the 1st 11.

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #20

    Is it true that Alan Smith was at one time good enough to play for England?

    When he was 17 at Leeds if im not wrong.

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  • alex84

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #21

    smith is probably good to have around but is that enough for 60k a week just too have around? CH gave him his chance today he didnt take it, so tiote will come back and replace him…

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #22

    At least nobody blaming the ref today.

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  • SGToon

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #23

    SL_toon

    Agree to your x11, with some changes.

    Loverboy for routs and switch position with spidey to keep opposition defenders guessing.

    Saylor for Simpson for RB to see what he can do there and more importantly, build his match fitness.

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #24

    CH MUST NOT BE SACK.

    New Players he got in was good. Remb, we are building a team.

    “If no players is coming in, no players is going out.” – CH

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  • dave 1961

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Well I felt that Chris would prove to be the same manager as the model that failed so miserably last time we are a rudderless ship and the team is drifting, we will find our world is flat and our rudderless ship is about to go over the edge. The empty seats at st James Park tell the true picture, 10,000 don’t want to watch the rubbish being dished up Hughton has his favourites and the team is picked around these, I don’t expect he has much time left; the fans will turn on him soon. We have wasted another year, will it be another year we have to draft in a messiah to save us, that’s if we have any left, so I guess its fat man Joe again. that I will not stand for.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #26

    dave 1961, Fat Joe? Now I know you are going over the top.

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #27

    i think fans are just making some angry comments, that’s about it.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #28

    10th place. Still 7 above where we hope to be at the end of the season.

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  • Whitecap

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #29

    SGToon, I missed that bit of news on Ryan Taylor. That’s a shame. I would have liked to have seen him given a chance today.

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #30

    dave 1961
    If you think “Hughton has his favourites and the team is picked around these”

    Why didnt he put Alan Smith in the 1st team this season???

    Arent Smith the Captain in Coke leg a few months back?

    I thought Smith perform pretty well then?

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  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #31

    “The empty seats at st James Park tell the true picture, 10,000 don’t want to watch the rubbish being dished up Hughton”

    We’re in the middle of a recession, idiot!

    Last season we had an average gate of 43,000 in the CCC. The prices have gone up 5, 10, £15 since then. People cannot afford it.

    Look at our gates before the 90’s. I know you probably weren’t alive then, but you can learn a lot from history

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  • alex84

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #32

    dave 1961 maybe you should be manager seems like you could probably do a better job with those comments!

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #33

    Some Fans might not like CH.

    But there is still enough reason for CH not to perform to his best.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Howay The Lads, I think 1961 is his year of birth so he was around in the 90’s. He may just be a little, how can I say it, politicly correct? Slow?

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  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Oh, I assumed it was his age and IQ! 😉

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Comon Fans, For now we got to support CH, And let him try out his way.

    Gave his some guts and crazy idea to try out new game plan and young players.

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  • daffy

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #37

    Oh dear! 5 . 1 All together now,
    Cheer up Chrissy Hughton……….

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #38

    You mean his IQ is higher than one of my house plants?…

    … Naaaa.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #39

    Ef of dafty… ! at least till you have your game on Monday behind you. Pride before a fall and all that.

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #40

    CH to Smith-
    “He is very conscious of the spirit we try to work on here and he is very much part of that. Smith did very well when he played at the start of the season.”

    It is always difficult for a player who is not playing when he is used to playing and Smithy is no different.

    “It is never an easy time but that is the nature of the game.”

    CH is trying hard not to spoilt any team spirit. Built from Scratch ot Nothing.

    (He surly knows is hard/won’t be to getting players in for Newcastle in Jan, and expect them to do well too, Fegie, did say so before)

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