Hughton Admits To Worst Performance In 17 Months

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has today said the 5-1 humiliation at Bolton Wanderers yesterday was the team’s worst performance ever in his reign as Magpies manager.

Chris Hughton – worst performance ever in his reign

Newcastle were completely hopeless yesterday, and were an embarrassment to the Newcastle club – yes – it was as bad as that.

And Chris has come out today and said that yesterday was probably the worst day of his management career as his team was  just humiliated.

The very inconsistent Newcastle side have now only a single point from games against Blackburn, Fulham and Bolton, and that was  after winning three league games in a row during which time the lads hammered Sunderland 5-1.

This is what Chris Hughton said to the Sunday Sun after the game:

“That was as bad as we have played in a long time.” “It was a bad day at the office for us, that is for sure.”    “I don’t think 5-1 was a true reflection of the game, but we added to our own downfall. We gave away very poor goals.”

“The penalty in the second half was very debatable.” “I have seen it again and Jose Enrique clearly gets the ball first, but we added to our own downfall.”  “The positives are we had opportunities ourselves and kept pushing to get back into the game, but there are more negatives.”

“This Premier League is unforgiving and if you leak the type of goals we did it is always going to be difficult to win any game.”   “This has been a reality check, we are playing in the toughest division and from day one we have said there are going to be ups and downs.

“There are going to be good days and bad days and we have to make sure we bounce back from them.”

With the good performances of the Newcastle second eleven in the Carling Cup this season, we had thought the club had some good strength in depth in the squad.

But the players that came in yesterday seemed to be nowhere near Premier League class and the side missed both Cheick Tiote and Joey Barton big time.

Cheick will return to the side for the home game with Chelsea next Sunday, but Joey Barton will miss that game and return for the game at WBA, which is shaping up to be an important game for the side.

Fab Coloccini will also miss the next 3 games after being sent off in the second half yesterday for violent conduct.

Newcastle just cannot produce too many more games like this, with this type of woeful defensive display,  at least if we are to survive in the Premier League this season.

And Newcastle supporters will be looking for a huge improvement from now on, after this awful calamity.

Comments welcome.

46 comments so far

  • Phil K

    Nov 21, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    It was an appalling performance.
    FAR worse than C.H. seems to believe.
    VERY worrying.
    Bolton are hardly one of the top clubs, nor are Blackburn, yet both won with ease against an underperforming Newcastle.
    Steve Bruce read the riot act to his Sunderland players and got the perfect response.
    Since their 5-1 hammering, they have won 2 and drawn one, scoring 6 and conceding 2 – two of those away games againsty strong clubs.
    Newcastle since Arsenal have lost 2 and drawn one, from 2 home and one away. Hardly “top” teams either. Conceding 7 and scoring 2.
    We’ve fallen away appallingly.
    Its as if the players thought they were made, and had done their bit.
    C.H. needs to do a Brucey.
    And I just don’t think he’s got it in him.
    We’re on the slide.

  • technonasty

    Nov 21, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Yes it was a very poor performance but this season’s Premier League has been very competitive with lots of suprise results and all teams putting in performances. A third of the way through the season and we were beaten by a form team currently sitting in a champions league spot while missing two of our best performers and our summer coup (Ben Arfa). Hardly reason to get the knives out just yet. Get behind the lads because booing and nervousness around St James’ is only going to make ensuring survival all the more difficult.

  • Dennis Twice

    Nov 21, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Its all bout survival, go go go!

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 21, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #4

    3 match ban for Colo maybe a blessing in disguise. Colo could do with a rest and Sol will be a great cover for him.

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Nov 21, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #5

    I very hope that C.Hugthon will read my comment.

    Sir, i would like and please if Sir can make rest some of our player, i think we can’t use the same regular player every week because it will make other manager spot our weakness and the stronger part, like M. Hughes, he know our game to be depend on header from Carroll.

    Why not give opportunities to young lads like young Ferguson, he good in crossing and have some dribble, use him as winger replace Guti, and we can use Guti as Left winger. Like Harry use G.Bale and Moyes on S.Coleman, change the position of a player.

    i just give my opinion, base on my knowledge and research about our team.

  • ganiyu

    Nov 21, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #6

    i watch games based on d line not suprised cos theres nothing wrong with the score line.its just tells me we are missing some 1st team players.I dont know how they got tiote but we need another one.tiote is just the difference this season.i rate him as the keyplayer and my best player at would have been better if we reverted to a 4-5-1 no wingers just cm,dm and am.

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Nov 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Too much pressure on the defense without Tiote in front of them.

  • ganiyu

    Nov 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #8

    I dont know much about fergie but i am confident enough that vuckic can step up his game if given playing tactics ir based on andy carroll but football is team work game.thank god we know d spoilers

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Nov 21, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #9

    what i know is Vukic is injured, yes, he is better than smith if give chance. we will learn.

  • ganiyu

    Nov 21, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #10

    I also agree wit ch when he said there would be no new signings in january when we have alan geting 60k a week on d bench and a good idea to get rid of such b4 buying sure we can get players on loan this january window.

  • leedodd

    Nov 21, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Since the Arsenal Game We Have stepped back of the Gas This Will Kick us up The Behind and Make us Realise if we don’t step up we will be back in the Championship !!!!!! Roll On The Chelsea game I Reccon We will Win That Because of Yesterday. My Dad went to The Games when Supermac and Willy Mcfaul Were Playing even then we were good against the Top Teams and Hopless against the Lower teams we should have Beaten !!! After all This Is Newcastle United !!!

  • toonboyjake

    Nov 21, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #12

    with chelsea coming up next in as bad form as us i think why not mix it up a bit and play some younger fringe players, give nolan and jonas a rest and let ferguson and ranger have a go, either s.taylor or campbell next to williamson cos of collo ban and maybe give another young player or routledge a chance on the right, line up maybe like this;


    have ferguson and jose alternating between positions so bosingwa wont have time to get settled marking one player, carroll and ranger will cause hell for ferriera and ivanovic who will probs be the acting centre backs and maybe routledge will come good and put pressure on a.cole to mess up like last week against the mackems

  • shearermania

    Nov 21, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #13

    easy boys.
    they’re will be ups an d downs and yes humiliation by bolton is reason to concerns, but lets take a look at our players – they are not exactly world beaters are they?
    they are good on their day and yes hopeless on another day…biggest problems are the lack of pace and creativity in midfield and too often we are too flat with our 442 so long ball is being played and won by andy but easily picked up by opposition defense – no runs -too flat…..
    how do we fix it well my guess is just as good as yours – but i think playing the ball on the deck will help heaps……
    cocnclusion: we will win games and we will probably loose more but hopefully theres worse teams then ours……prediction 16th

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Nov 21, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Williamson to be drop aswell,Or to be banned from the fa.

  • CT

    Nov 21, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Reality check. Survival is all we can hope for.
    Defeats against B`pool,B`urn, Stoke,at home, all physical sides and a lucky draw with Wigan tells us our tactics are wrong and our back four aren`t strong enough. Our surprise wins are against teams who did not field a big front two.
    We are now predictable and do not have the players to change the system. Tiote/Barton missing tells us this. Just hope that Gosling/Benny still have something to fight for when they return.

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Nov 21, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #16

    If Hughton doesnt drop Williamson next game,when will he ?.Sol and Saylor are both strong lads,good in the air and quick.Both are english,wont mess about with the ball in your final 3rd.

  • shearermania

    Nov 21, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #17

    willo the wonka is a calamity of olympic dimensions

  • bentoon

    Nov 21, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #18

    1 point from 9 against the teams we have played is indeed relegation form. However, i feel that we can pull it back when we have tiote/barton back, it just shows us how much class we are lacking in some of our fringe players. At least we will have everyone back for the Christmas stretch of games (hopefully!) except for h-bomb/gosling. And after Christmas we can gauge how much of a relegatino battle we will be fighting.

  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 21, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Williamson has been appalling the last 5/6 games, IMO.

    It’s his first EPL season though, so give him time, but, for now, it has to be 2 of Saylor, Coloccini, Campbell

  • will190780

    Nov 21, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #20

    I was just thinking how much better Collo was than Willo and at that exact second smack he needlessley gets sent off.

    Get Taylor and Campbell in at centre back then Collo will probably fit back in after his ban and Campbell pulls up injured.

    We just need Taylor to hit the ground running as Campbell did. Straight in to defend a kick he was organising everyone and taking responsibility.

  • dawid182

    Nov 21, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #21

    that problem with the offensive play, that very slow, Jonas twirls alone, Ameobi and Carroll finisher forward. Not “I dribble 3 men and a shoot a goal”. Carroll and Ranger/lovenkrands forwardline is needed. Williamson out, Steven in the defenseline and Guthire —> bench, and Routhledge right winger. by the way, i dont now why waited Chris with the changes until the 70th minute.

  • Toon XI

    Nov 21, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #22

    No good young player in his right mind should sign with NUFC. CH plays pretty much the same players week in and week out. He refuses to mix it up or give youth a chance. He is so predictable and pathetic on match days. The results since Arsenal are inexcusable. When will Vuckic, Fergyson and the like ever get a chance under CH? Very frustrating to watch our regular XI play every game and get worn down. I’m getting pi$$ed now so I’ll stop writing.

  • newcstle egypt

    Nov 21, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #23

    sell smith and Perch and Simpson and best and
    Contract with the wing and striker and playmaker, and right-back

  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 21, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Vuckic has done nothing to warrant a place yet! He has one decent game against Arsenal reserves and he’s God. Get a grip, man.

    He’s not good enough to get thrown in, he needs to be nurtured in. And Ferguson looks quality, but has that nervous side to him

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 21, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Toon XI, think that is very true what you have just said. I mean about you being pretty pissed now. Yesterday you weren’t quite so aggressive towards Chris.

  • CT

    Nov 21, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #26

    No question Sol/Saylor must come in.
    We are seriously short of creativity going forward.we have to change it. Check the stats and we have scored more headed goals in the Prem this season than any other team. Says it all.
    Got to get a tactical savvy assistant in, CH doesn`t know how to mix it up and is reluctant to drop non performers and try the kids.

  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 21, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #27

    “CH doesn`t know how to mix it up”

    How can he?

    We have two great headers of the ball, an anonymous player and a kid that is a jack of all trades.

    What do you want him to do?

  • CT

    Nov 21, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #28

    HTL, You can use players more wisely for a start. Wills looked shaky last 3 games, Sol should be in and Collo in front of the back 4 yesterday as DM.(no worse than Smith)
    Jonas should be wide right and Guthrie in CM.
    Ferguson should be given a go wide left in front of Jose. Mixing it up is easy if you think about it!!!

  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 21, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #29

    CT, Coloccini got the name Coco the Clown after playing CDM during 08/09. I can guarantee you, after seeing both play more than 5 games there in the EPL, Coloccini is vastly worse at DM.

    And then all you’ve done is change the players!

    The most important thing is the game plan. It’s why Bolton have done so well this season. It’s why Man Utd are always up there.

    Going forward we need to think about how we play because most teams can deal with crosses. And we don’t have many other options after that

  • G

    Nov 21, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #30

    To fair to the discussion above, I think there are some harsh words against both Willo and Collo here, who in my opinion, haven’t done too much wrong. Back to the headline, let’s not panic too much, after all, these things happen in football. We just didn’t turn up. The same thing happened to Villa when we trounced them. Forget it, and concentrate on the next match is all we can do. After all, you are only as good as your next result.

  • CT

    Nov 21, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #31

    HTL, part of a game plan is to move players around and change the formation.
    Jonas, no left foot, wide right means he has the ability to get to the byeline and pull balls back with his stronger foot. Believe me much more difficult to defend against than route 1 or angled balls which only Barton is able to deliver.
    Ferguson wide left is a shout, the most coveted wide left player in the world today is Bale who started out as a fullback. This would give us balance and better protection on both flanks.
    Sol is needed against teams who play 2 big guys upfront. No coinicidence we struggle against route 1 teams becos Wills/Collo aren`t strong enough.
    Coaching the back 4 and Tiote for that matter to clear their lines as opposed to playing it out would also help, we give too many soft goals away. in the Champs we got away with it, not in the Prem.
    Thats changing it!!

  • Sav

    Nov 21, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #32

    If Hoots gave the side a bollocking after Blackburn its well worn off.
    The next one he gives after this shambles had better last until Xmas.

  • Thump

    Nov 21, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #33

    “worst performance” is a bit of an understatement.

    Bolton completely deserve those 3 points. We were played off the pitch and that’s as simple as that. They need a bollocking after that performance – I struggled to see one positive to take from that.

  • balubas1

    Nov 21, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Alot of doomsday profhets here now.. also I see some slating Colo and Willo.

    Remember that they usually get more support from our midfield.

    They had a bad day on the job, but don’t underestimate the effect it has on the WHOLE TEAM when 50% of our midfield aren’t premier league quality. It makes Jonas and Nolan look poor aswell.

    Tiote and Barton back and we’ll BE FINE.

    I rarely talk about new potential signings here as I usually leave that to the kids on here, but now I see that we really need another midfielder or striker that can lift the team on days like saturday.

  • alex84

    Nov 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #35

    tiote and barton were missed for sure…just shows what a good signing tiote is!

    we will be fine and we will slowly build piece by piece, its a slow process but the club is going in the right direction

  • supervil

    Nov 21, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #36

    balubus1 – absolutely spot on.

    Can all the trigger happy pessimists just chill their boots for a second?

    Yeah, we were awful… but SURELY, we’re not so far up our backsides to see that a) Bolton are a very good team, b) the PL has been ridiculously inconsistent in scores this year (what with us winning 6-0, 5-1… those teams have gone on to do quite well themselves AFTER those defeats), c) the lads had a bad day.

    Let’s not start writing off Colo et al. for a terrible show.

  • supervil

    Nov 21, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #37

    HTL – post #29…

    Colo must’ve played in the CDM role… once or twice in 08/09… don’t start casting aspersions when you don’t have your facts right mate. Nicky Butt played there more than anyone…

  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #38

    supervil, he played their for about 5 games and was awful. When he played at CB that season, he was pretty good (which was incredible for anyone in the team that season), but at CDM he was desperately bad.

    If Hoots wants to play him there sometime, I’m sure he’ll confirm my thoughts

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 21, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #39

    I’m not expecting anything on Sunday. But after then and Barton back, then I have higher expectations.

  • supervil

    Nov 21, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #40

    HTL… which games? he definitely played once… MAYBE twice… hardly enough to pass judgement on whether he can play there or not.

    I’m just trying to point out the totally infactual and negative statements you guys come out with.


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