With thee Newcastle players currently on bans for violent conduct, it’s not surprising that Chris Hughton has to fend off charges that Newcastle may be a dirty side.
Chris Hughton– we’re not a dirty side
This is what Chris told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“I don’t think that anyone who has seen us play would call us a dirty team,” “It’s not a concern that we’ll pick up a reputation at all because we’re not that kind of side at all.” “But of course the players need to be aware of their actions and what it might mean.”
“But what we have had really is a freak fortnight. To have one ban like this is quite unusual, but to have three in two weeks is really quite rare.” “But we have to accept it and get on with it. It is something that we’ll remind the players about – we remind them about it all the time.”
“But if you look at the facts, neither of those players have a bad disciplinary record on the whole.” “Mike was on two bookings for the whole season before the ban – Colo was on three bookings before he got sent off.” “Those are not bad disciplinary records or something to be concerned about.”
With Barton, Coloccini and now Williamson missing the game against Chelsea on Sunday, it make it that much more difficult to break our very poor streak of just one point from the last three games.
But that’s why clubs have squads these days, and it gives other Newcastle players their chance to prove they are good enough to start for Newcastle.
And we have to hope there are a number of those players on display in black and white stripes on Sunday afternoon, where we must try to pick up something from this game – somehow – someway.