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.