Chris Hughon hopes that the 5-1 humiliation of his side yesterday against Bolton will provide a reality check for his players.
Chris Hughton – a reality check for Newcastle players
It was Newcastle’s worst display of the season, but on the positive side it was only the second game in the Premier League this season that Newcastle didn’t compete – the first one being at Old Trafford.
The Newcastle manager Hughton said after the game:
“It was a bad day at the office for sure. I don’t think 5-1 was a true reflection on the game but we added to our downfall and gave away some very poor goals.”
“It’s about a reality check. We’re playing in the toughest division and from day one we’ve said there are going to be some ups and downs.”
“We’ve had some good days and we’ve had some bad days, and today was a very bad day.”
Hughton said that he couldn’t argue too much with the dismissal of an out-of-form Fabricio Coloccini on 76 minutes, but doesn’t think that suspensions are starting to cause a problem for his side who also had Joey Barton and Cheick Tiote missing through suspension, and will now not have the Argentine center-back out for 3 games.
But it was clear that both Tiote and Barton were big misses for the Newcastle side yesterday, as they looked a poor outfit, especially in their defending.
“I think over the season we have had committed players. We are on the back of one ban with Tiote and now we will miss Coloccini. But we have a competitive team and a competitive squad.”
“In every game you try to look for some positives and we did create some good chances but the Premier League is unforgiving. Andy Carroll scoring is another plus for him, but there were certainly more negatives today.”
There will be no panic under Chris Hughton at Newcastle, but on the other hand we cannot put in too many displays like this one this season, which was just disastrous defending from the Newcastle side.
We’ll look for an improvement against Chelsea at St. James’ park next Sunday afternoon, but in truth we’ll not expect too much from that game.