Chris Hughton was wise not to try defend the pathetic display of the Newcastle team yesterday, when he talked about the game today.
Chris Hughton – poor performance
Chris Hughton talked to the Evening Chronicle today about yesterday’s debacle:
“It was a poor performance by us – we accept that.” “It is normal after a disappointing performance.”“The important thing is you get it out of the way.”
“What you want to be able to do is put the performance behind you.” “What we needed to do was analyze it and look at where we went wrong.” “It is never a bad thing to sort matters out after the game.”
“We have to get back to work and put this setback behind us.” “We have to see where we went wrong.” “We made fundamental mistakes which allowed them to score their goals.”
The Newcastle fans who made the long return trip yesterday were hardly happy with the display served up for them.
And as we said yesterday, one big difference between the Newcastle players and the Newcastle fans yesterday, was that at least the Newcastle fans turned up for the game.
“There are two areas we need to improve.” “One is being defensively good enough to not give them the opportunities to score goals, and the other is creating ourselves.”
“We gave away three very poor goals.” “The second one was probably the hardest one.” “Being 1-0 down, I always know we’re in a game.”
“I know we can create chances. The second one made it a lot harder for us – it’s a major negative.” “This is how tough this league is.”
“ We need to make sure we bounce back from this one.” “We always felt it was going to be an up and down season, but we just hoped we would have more ups than downs.”
This is almost like a repeat of what happened after our last away game at Bolton, when we again gave away at the very least – 3 poor goals – in our abject 5-1 humiliation.
We have to hope that these Newcastle players learn from these performances – and learn quickly.
We still live in hope.