Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was not pleased with the Newcastle display at West Brom this afternoon, when we were hammered 3-1, with the score hardly representative of how much better West Brom were.
Chris Hughton – we were not good enough
Newcastle had one of those days when they just didn’t turn up, in spite of talk during the week that the team would be going all out for a win, after a very decent point at home to Chelsea.
But it was yet another very poor performance in an up and down season for the Magpies, when we don’t seem to bother against the weaker sides in the league, and that’s starting to cost us an awful lot of points – we now have 2 points from the last 15.
Chris told Sky Sports after the game this afternoon:
“We wasn’t good enough today, we made fundamental mistakes for the goals, 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.”
“What we were able to do, we were able to restrict their goalscoring opportunities but we added to our own downfall on all three goals.”
“What these do, they play a system and they’ve got very good footballers in that system 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.”
“Now 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.”
And after being quite solid in defense at the beginning of the season we’re starting to collapse a bit with our second away defeat in a row, and 8 goals conceded.
Chris seems well aware of that, as he continued:
“It’s not like us, we’re on the back of two away defeats where we’ve conceded goals, it hadn’t been like us to concede the type of goals that we have but we have got to make sure we learn from this one.
“If there was an example of how unforgiving this league is then it is today and we have got to make sure we learn from that.”
Today was just not good enough and we have to hope it’s a one off, and Newcastle can take this as a big turning point in their season – as happened last season – when we had successive defeats at Nottingham Forest and Scunthorpe United, and then went on a 7 game winning streak.
Hope springs eternal.