Chris Hughton was rightly furious after the game yesterday, and he has challenged his players to learn from yesterday’s calamity, the third one in the last five games.
Chris Hughton – big job on his hands
Chris quite rightly kept the players in the dressing room at the Hawthorns for a full hour after the games. as he was said to be absolutely furious with the pathetic display he had just witnessed from his highly paid players.
It would be good to have got an audio of what was said, but the news was that there was shouting in the dressing room after the game – we have to think that’s good, because they were hopeless yesterday – just hopeless.
This is one interview Chris gave after he emerged from the dressing room:
“We weren’t good enough in enough departments and hence that is why we have been in the dressing room so long.”Some of it is about getting answers, some of it about venting your anger but these are the normal things that will go on after a game.”
“I wasn’t happy with the performance. On the back of a good result last week against Chelsea, I didn’t think we started the game well enough.”
“But we have also given away poor goals and you can’t do that against anyone in this division.” “At the moment, we are going through a very difficult patch.”
“What we have to do is make sure we learn from it.” “I do think we have the personnel and the characters to come through this spell. We are capable of picking up good results.”
“We have shown that already this season and, what we have to do after a bad result or bad period, is to be able to pick ourselves up again.”
The very last thing we want to see happen at the club is any panic, or thoughts about replacing the manager. After all this is just one game, and we still have another 22 games to play in the league.
The players have generally been able to respond when they’ve had poor games, and if they don’t know most of Newcastle fans were upset with the performance yesterday – they’ll find out soon enough this week, that a display like that is simply not acceptable at a club as proud as Newcastle United.
It even brought back painful memories of our relegation season, when several of our players would give up during games – usually those that were earning the biggest wages.
We’ll soon see who the bravest player is today, to come forward and talk about yesterday’s disgrace – but it’s getting like an old record – because the script nearly always seems the same – here’s our prediction of what one of the players will say:
“We know it was an unacceptable performance from us yesterday – and the lads are hurting – but we’ll put it right.”
“We just couldn’t get going yesterday, and we know we were not good enough as a defensive unit, and just didn’t do the job.”
“But we’ll work hard to put things right this week in training, and hopefully we can get a result against Liverpool.”
“The gaffer was not happy after the game and we weren’t either – the lads are hurting today.”
We’ll see how close we are when the interviews come out – hopefully later today.