After keeping his players locked in the dressing room for a full hour after this game, Chris Hughton, the very disappointed Newcastle manager, finally came out and talked to the press.
Peter Lovenkrands – scored Newcastle goal in injury time
Chris wasn’t the only one both surprised and disappointed at the Newcastle performance, especially in the first half, when we were simply dominated by West Brom, who had all the play.
This is one of the interviews Chris gave after today’s rather shattering result, and we’ll not even mention the pathetic display from our side:
“It was probably 35 minutes into that first half before we got a decent period of play where I thought we were good enough on the ball,” Hughton said.”We were able to restrict their goal-scoring opportunities but we added to our own downfall on all three goals.”
“West Brom play a system and they’ve got very good footballers and you know that there are going to be periods of the game where you are going to have to concede that they will have possession of the ball.”
“But you need to have a good enough shape that can cope with that and that means going through periods where you restrict the opportunities they have – but you then take your chances.”
“When we had chances, the game became an open game, we could have had goals but at that stage they had already scored two goals and had already had the lion’s share of possession, particularly in the first half.”
The up and down performances of Newcastle are now becoming a concern, and why is it that we keep our pathetic performances, like the one today, against Bolton, and against Blackburn for teams we should be beating?
That’s starting to lose us a lot of points, and we’ve picked up just 2 points from the last 15, with the next games against Liverpool at home and at Birmingham, not easy games by any means.
One thing that would help the side is to get Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan back for next Saturday, and their ability and experience could really help the side at the moment.
We were really surprised at the way Sol Campbell played today, as he was hesitant and error prone – especially in that first half – when he looked very suspect.
Danny Guthrie just didn’t get the job done today, and in the absence of Nolan and Barton, then maybe our best attacking central midfielder could be young Haris Vuckic, tjhe 18 year-old Slovenian.
Haris could hardly have been as anonymous as Danny Guthrie was today, as West Brom completely dominated the center of midfield from the very first whistle.
It looked a mistake after the first 10 minutes to be playing 4-4-2, without Nolan or Barton in the side, because we simply couldn’t get the ball, and when we did we give it away.
We expect to see some interviews with the players tomorrow -and they’ll be promising all kinds of things – again – but we want them to produce in every single game this season – and they didn’t even turn up today.
We know we had some players missing today – Williamson, Coloccini, Nolan and Barton – but Newcastle fans expect the lads to give their all in every single game, and the players can hardly say that’s what they gave today.
That’s what was so disappointing about the performance today.