It’s been very hard predicting how Newcastle will do in each game this season.
Chris Hughton – Saturday’s display was not acceptable
The games we have been expected to win we usually lose, and the games when we think we have no chance in – we’ve won – or at least played exceptionally well in.
So we have no idea which team will turn up for each game, and the inconsistency is the biggest challenge Chris has to solve right now, with his Newcastle United side.
If he can indeed fix the inconsistency we could still be in for a very decent season, and if he can’t, then we may soon be battling against relegation. We’re currently 4 points above the relegation zone.
Things can go either way at this rather delicate time of the season for the side.
But we have no doubt that Chris Hughton this week will ensure his lads learn from the mistakes they made, and should be better off for the game against Chelsea on Sunday, and a good performance there, whatever the result, will go a long way to restoring the Geordie Pride on Tyneside.
Chris is well aware that displays like Saturday are just completely unacceptable, as he told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s not acceptable and there are plenty of things we can work on.” “You look at what you can work on.”
“What you can’t afford to do in this division is to give the type of goals away that we did and expect to win football matches, or expect to be in their pushing.”
“We did say there would be bad days this season.” “Bolton was a bad day, but we didn’t do ourselves any favors.”
“We conceded two penalties and another poor goal in the first half.” “And aside of that, we have to make sure we defend better than we did and we didn’t on Saturday.”
That’s at least 5 poor goals we’ve conceded in the last three games, with the two poor goals that we gifted Blackburn for all 3 points a week last Wednesday.
The only really positive thing on Saturday was another lively performance from Andy Carroll, and he often looked great on the ball, and the 21 year-old seems to be getting much better with the ball at his feet.
Andy’s goal was an excellent opportunist goal, scored just after Bolton’s third goal, and Fabio Capello will have been pleased to see that, as the England manager is looking forward to pairing Wayne Rooney with the Geordie star striker in the England attack, early next year.
But Chris is right that you cannot gift goals in the Premier League, otherwise good teams will just bury you, and Bolton proved they were a good team on Saturday.