It wasn’t too surprising that Newcastle lost their appeal to the FA yesterday, over Mike Williamson’s charge of violent conduct.
Chris Hughton – disappointed with Mike Williamson decision
And for the game against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, Newcastle will now have three players unavailable for that game because of a violent conduct charge, the other two being Fab Coloccini and Joey Barton.
It’s always difficult to overturn an FA charge, but nevertheless Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was disappointed with the outcome, as he told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“We are very disappointed with the decision,” “The fact that there was no additional ban for Mike shows that we were justified in contesting the charge, but now that the verdict has been delivered we have to go with that.”
“To lose the two center-halves for three games is a big, big blow but we just have to get on with it.” “We can’t justify what the two players have done. This is where players have to be responsible for their actions and they have to accept their bans.”
“But from a squad perspective, they are two valuable players.” “Discipline is something that we’re reminding players about all the time so I wouldn’t say there has been a specific reminder. But we can’t afford to lose any more players.”
“Sunday was already going to be a tough, tough game but it is an even more difficult job for us now because we have lost three first-choice players. However, these are the sort of things that are sent to try you over the course of a season, and it is now about how we respond.”
Newcastle have shot themselves in the foot with the forced absence of Williamson, Coloccini and Barton, but after all we do have two good center backs in Campbell and Steven Taylor to come in, but of course they will be short of match practice in the Premier league, which could hurt us on Sunday.
It’s hardly good to be playing a top side like Chelsea either, who can take immediate advantage of any defensive errors or hesitancy at the back.
Newcastle also have young 20 year-old Tamas Kadar available, and the Hungarian International is already more than a decent defender, just waiting for his chance.
Chris continued and talked about the current situation at Newcastle for the Sunday game:
“It is what it is,” “You can’t argue with the fact that Sol and Steven are two players who haven’t played a lot of football this season.”
“But all we can do is just get on with it. They are both players with plenty of first-team experience also.”
We really don’t expect too much out of the game on Sunday afternoon, even though Chelsea are not in good form and have lost three of their last four league games.
The only way Newcastle can get anything out of this game, is to be at or near their very best, and that’s hardly been true in two of our last three games when we have played very poorly against Blackburn and Bolton.
But there again you never know which team will turn up with the Newcastle side this season.