Sol Campbell Will Now Get His Chance At Newcatsle

Anybody who saw the game at Bolton will agree that Newcastle gave away far too many goals, with their very sloppy defending.

Sol Campbell – will probably get big chance in Coloccini’s absence

And even though we’ve praised the performances of Mike Williamson and Fab Coloccini this season, when things go bad at the back, as they have done in two of our last three games, and you have two top defenders  in Steven Taylor and Sol Campbell waiting on the bench, isn’t it natural they be given their chance?

What does Chris Hughton do – play Williamson and Coloccini all season – and not give Steven Taylor and Sol Campbell a game?

The point is you bring them in if things are not going well – that’s the point of having a good squad – and of course Chris Hughton has no choice now since Fab Coloccini, who had a poor display on Saturday, is suspended for three games, following his sending off in the second half.

Chris Hughton was not happy with his side’s defending at Bolton, which is hardly surprising, and the Newcastle manager talked about that this morning:

Chris said:

“You are disappointed about every goal you concede. But there is no escaping we conceded very poor goals. If you do that against anyone it will be tough.”

“If you do it against a team in good form like Bolton, you are going to be in trouble. It is disappointing we have conceded the type of goals we did, but that is the division – you can’t get away with it.

“I have no arguments with the red card. With Coloccini it is worth stating that he is not a malicious player. It was frustrating afternoon for him. I think Elmander was going to do him for pace. I don’t think there’s maliciousness in it.

“I accept the red card. Bolton play what is very much a pressing game. They are a very good team. They play off the front two players to very good effect so consequently it was a frustrating afternoon for us defensively.”

We also have to remember that Bolton are a very good side this season, and as Owen Coyle said after the game, the Trotters played near their best against Newcastle, and punished the mistakes of a seemingly fragile Newcastle team.

The Magpies could have got away with some of those errors against lesser teams, and probably still been in the game, but no – we were punished for the mistakes by Bolton and punished heavily.

But we cannot get carried away on the negative side, because Chris has always said the aim  of the club this season is simply to stay in England’s top league, as he tries to stabilize the club – and we shouldn’t think we are a top 10 club this season.

The fact that Chris has done so remarkably well this season, and we have beaten teams like Arsenal and Everton away and hammered  Aston Villa and Sunderland at home, makes us sometimes think we are better than we are.

But let’s remember the old saying – we’re never as good as we think we are when we are winning,  and never as bad as we think we are when we are getting beat.

You can’t go too far wrong with that one.

Roll on Chelsea!

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Toonkistan

    Nov 22, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    I’d love to see Saylor back in black & white and preferably at RB

  • Brutooon

    Nov 22, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    i would rather see Alan Smith being replace forever!!!

    this guy is 60k wages, but he can’t even pass.

  • Burni

    Nov 22, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    I love newcastle and I really rate Chris Hughton but come on!!! it wasnt malicious?!?! He elbowed elmander in the face, pretty hard too! This is the type of thing that makes me ashamed to be a toon supporter. the poor results are one thing but when u see people like Collo and Willo walloping Elmander, that makes it worse. Barton against Pedersen two weeks ago…. I really REALLY dislike that. You remember in September that Ben Arfa got his leg broke by De Jong!! Everyone was up in arms, rightly I hasten to add, now we do stuff like that? I’d say thats pretty thuggish too. I hope Hughton has a good old kicking off with them. They didnt play like this last season! why now? coz its tougher?!? B@*#@*ks!

    Also, there are so many people on her who change their opinions more often than their Kecks. we beat Sunderland and Aresenal, “maybe well qualify for europe” we lose two out of three games and its “relegation” grow up people. This is the Premier League we should not be worried yet there are much worse teams than us. And I’ll reiterate, I still think we’ll have a Europa place next season, that is, if they start to play like they did against arsenal, city, everton, scum….. everyone seems to forget these matches. Oh and the fact were mid table

  • Solaidback

    Nov 22, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    We seriously missed Barton & Tiote this weekend, our defence was very weak & the fact that Smith was hardly around proves he should be shipped out in Jan to make way for someone way better…. We need another DFM to cover for Tiote as he picks up tellow cards regularly & if this is what happens whne he’s not around, then we could be in some trouble!!!

    I hear Gosling is back in training now, which is good for the team but we still need some players in Jan is Ashley will allow CH to get them!!

    Willo & Saylor against Chelski, then bring Sol on at around 70 mins to replace Willo, he needs a rest, he’s played every game so far this season & it’s showing now!!!

  • Solaidback

    Nov 22, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Looks like the FA are looking into the Williamson elbow that floored Elmander in the first half –,17033,8652_6521358,00.html

    He could be banned for 3 games like Barton & Colo if the ref decides he didn’t see it at the time….

    Is it me or since we lost HBA & the club complained, the FA have seemed to take more of an interest in our on-field activities???? Inceidents that would probably have not been mentioned if we’d not made such a uproar over the HBA incident!!!

  • munch27

    Nov 22, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #6

    I would like too see our defence set like this for chelsea ,

    Enrique sol willo tayls

    i’m not dropping simpson as i would like him on the right wing and dropping too RB for set pieces allowing Taylor too attack.

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 22, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #7

    How many Newcastle players have been linked with tottenham. I count 3, Caroll, enrique and williamson. i do not know what spurs think of themselves.

  • Sav

    Nov 22, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m agreeing with Burni – ridiculous to say it wasn’t malicious (sorry, that Colo isn’t malicious). But then what do you call that elbow in the face?
    Don’t beat around the bush Hoots. Say you will deal with it internally as a disciplinary matter, stop 2 weeks wages for the 3 games lost and lets move on. Same goes for Barton.
    I wouldn’t mind if it was against Wolves, when you could say,’ok, bring it on’ but against Pedersen and Elmander? What is it, ‘Slap a Scandinavian Week’?
    C’mon Hoots, show your mettle and instill some of that discipline and team ethic again.

  • Solaidback

    Nov 22, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Guys, no use havin a go at Hoots with regards what he says in the press, I can bet he’s not a Mr nice guys around the lads, we can only guess what action is taken against the lads if/when they step out of line but the last thing we need is for Hoots to be saying what he’s gonna do in the crap-loids yeah, he will keep it in house like he’s always done & tbh I prefer that instead of us being splashed across the front & back pages with our players being fined for this, that & the other yeah…

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 22, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #10

    I don’t think I’d go as far to say it was malicious. Colo was having a really lousy “day in the office” and Elmander was running circles round him up to the point he was taking the p!ss. Malicious no, frustration yes.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 23, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Saylor – a top defender, are you sure Ed !!!
    he makes Bramble look reliable.

  • Whitley bay

    Nov 23, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12



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