WBA Defeat Newcastle’e Third Calamity In Last Fives Games

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.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 6, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Blah !!
    Trouble is they aren’t learning from their mistakes. Game after game its the same mistakes over and over again.
    What has happened to the neat one touch passing. Where is the movement off the ball.
    But of course we are going to put it all right against L’pool at home yeah?

  • alex84

    Dec 6, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    lets hope next week we have nolan and barton back coz we no they will bring 110% effort! and attacking threat!

  • repo

    Dec 6, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3

    we are going down fact..

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Dec 6, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Fickle Fans or what??
    Wheres the calls for Hughtons longe term contract gone?

  • rkw

    Dec 6, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    We spent a whole season only having to really show up once a month. I really think this kind of run is indicative of the growing pains that newly promoted teams go through. I think CH is doing a great job of Captaining this ship through the storm. We just have to stay faitful that at the end of the season we’ll have won enough points to stay up, which I think we will. Anything else is gravy on top.

  • bentoon

    Dec 6, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Great post repo, just what the team needs.

    Hopefully Barton and Nolan will be fit for saturday. I think we should start Ranger. He has pace up front for Carrolls flick ons and can also drop onto the right wing, moving Barton into the center if we begin to get overrun in midfield.

    Ameobi was awful yesterday and doesnt deserve a starting place. Jonas was also lazy and misfiring. I think it summed up the teams mood yesterday when jonas walked out to the corner flag and kicked the crowd mic over.

  • Sav

    Dec 6, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #7

    You are right about the aul’ guff, Ed. I hope Hoots bans it. There is only one place to apologise for that performance and its not in the Chronicle.

  • DrunkenSteve

    Dec 6, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Relegation is not that unattractive for a ruthless owner who spends the bare minimum on the team.

    Fat Mike is a gambling man and I believe he is hedging his bets. If very little is spent on the team and the books are balanced Mike knows that the parachute payment at the end of the season is very attractive (£48M over 4 years, 2years at 16M then 2 years at 8M). Mike probably believes that the gates will stay about the same as they were last season making a tidy profit and that the team will probably be good enough for promotion again. The only real area that they will loose on revenue is TV payments but remember last season we were on Sky almost every other week?

    Stay up, Mike wins, go down, Mike wins.

    I honestly think that we have got a sly, machiavellian, greedy owner who doesn’t give a hoot about the fans or NUFC (other than how it can benefit him).

    I hope we survive the season and are bought out.

    I bring this up as there are a number of comments on relegation and I thought I would give you my take.

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 6, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Repo – what a cock thing to say. Suppose u will be booing next then getting out your bed sheets.
    Sad twat.

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 6, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Hoots needs a long term contract. NOW
    There is no way he can get an assistant – which he desperatly needs – until that is sorted.
    He has done enough in my eyes to warrant another 12 months, just dont think fat cash will have the balls to back him.

  • alex84

    Dec 6, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #11

    yeah i agree, give him a contract, i think he needs a an assistant to take some of the heat off him.
    as for me he is doing a very very good job.
    people can say he doesnt do this he dont do that, his tactics are wrong but what i think they forget is he is learning as well, this is his first time as a full time manager!

  • bentoon

    Dec 6, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #12

    People moan about having a manager who doesnt care about the club, and then call for CH head when CH obviously loves this club.
    Give him a contract worthy of all the hard work he is putting into the club.

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 6, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Well said BenToon

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 6, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Fat Cash is the problem.
    supposed to be a gambling man!! Too scared to put a bet on his own manager.
    Sorry Ed, I know u love the fool but he is a fat twat par excellence.
    You reap what u sow.

  • Toon XI

    Dec 6, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #15

    alex84 // Dec 6, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    I agree that CH is learning, but the problem is it appears that he isn’t learning from his mistakes. Same players over and over…no creativity with respect to his squad. No faith in his youth. Look at SAF, how often in a season he plays his younger players….extremely often!

    CH is a stand up guy, but he is so frustrating to watch as you can almost predict his line-ups, bench, tactics and substitutions. He has always been painfully conservation and slow to make changes.

    I hope CH sorts it out. For his sake and for ours.

  • Toon XI

    Dec 6, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #16

    * conservative


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