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.