Newcastle have now played 7 league games this season and have 7 points, but we should probably had more points than that – with just a little bit of luck.
Chris Hughton – we think the lads have done OK so far this seaosn
The only game that Newcastle have not had a decent chance of winning, was the game at Old Trafford – our first game of the season.
In all other 6 games we had a chance to win every single game, so hopefully that will auger well for the future, and the lads will learn and hopefully improve their play as the season progresses.
Here’s a quick review of our 7 league games so far.
Lost 3-0 at Manchester United
We ere outclassed at Old Trafford and everybody could see that. But the good points coming out of this game were the lads never gave up, never let their heads drop, and kept fighting all the way.
Won 6-0 against Aston Villa at Home.
We need one or two more games like this at home, as with the 8 chances Newcastle created the lads hit six of them home, and Andy Carroll got a great hat trick. A bit of a fluke result but it tells you when Newcastle are at their best and sharp in front of goal, they can be very good.
Drew 1-1 at Wolves
A game in which we probably should have won, but a gritty performance from the lads, and we completely outplayed Wolves in the first half only to be one down at half time. But the lads fought back in the final 45 minutes, and in the end were unlucky not to take all 3 points. Wolves have lost all their league games since this game.
Lost 2-0 to Blackpool at Home
This was the first howler, and the lads created 7 good chances and couldn’t put one of them away, and we helped Blackpool by giving them a penalty just before half time. And then Blackpool scored right at the end, as the team went for an equalizer. The first of two horrible home performances so far this season by Newcastle
Beat Everton 1-0 Away
A great comeback by Newcastle after the horror show against Blackpool. A wonderful goal from new boy Ben Arfa which will be the goal of the seaosn for Newcastle, especially since the lad is now out – maybe for the rest of the season with a broken leg. Newcastle were a little lucky in injury time as Everton missed two gilt edged chances.
Lost to Stoke 2-1 at Home
Probably the worst half Newcastle have played this season was the second half in this game. The lads completely outplayed Stoke in the first 45 minutes but then fell apart when Stoke went to their long ball into the box game in the second half. 3 points thrown away and we cannot afford too many more of these gifts to other teams at home, if we are to survie in the Premeir League this season.
Lost 2-1 at Manchester City
Two terrible refereeing decisions on penalties cost Newcastle maybe all 3 points yesterday, and we also lost Ben Arfa, probably for the season with a broken leg. But there were lots of positives to take out of this game, including guts galore shown by our players, and even though the lads were beaten, and unfairly at that, we were proud of them yesterday – make no mistake about that.
We have 3 points from 3 home games and 4 points from 4 away games, and a goal difference of zero – having scored and conceded 10 goals.
We have to think that in the next 7 games if the lads put in the same level of performance we’ll surely get more than 7 points, as luck tends to level itself out over time.
We hope so anyway.
What do you think?
Let us know – comments always welcome.
5 comments so far
Oct 4, 2010 at 1:34 PMComment #1
It’s hard not to like CH, but if you had to be critical of Hughton in any way, it is the following:
1) He is over – cautious
2) He has no plan B
3) He has a couple of ”undroppables” (Nolan)
4) Has a fear of playing the youth (Ranger, Vuksic etc)
5) Plays too much route 1, long ball to Carroll.
6) Favours inferior players in crucial positions
7) Best, Perch, Simpson.
Oct 4, 2010 at 1:35 PMComment #2
Can’t complain really, I think I’d have taken 7 points at the start of the season. I know it’s an old cliche but the performances, bar the 2nd half of Stoke, have been very encouraging. More of the same boys. We do, however, HAVE TO WIN against Wigan. No excuses.
Oct 4, 2010 at 1:37 PMComment #3
1) agree, at home anyway.
4) from what I have seen from both players, theyre no where near good enough to play in the PL
5) disagree, the only time we really punt it up is when Williamson can’t pass to the midfield, or from a goal kick. Plus, heading is his best asset so why not use it.
6) Disagree, which players are inferior this season? You’ll say Perch, but he’s the best of a mediocre bunch.
7) Agree but Perch is new and is improving.
Oct 4, 2010 at 2:02 PMComment #4
Re inferior players, I just mean I thought one of Arfa, loven, Jonas or even Ranger would be faster and more mobile than Nolan playing off carroll.
I know Carroll is good in the air, but he’s not the worst on the ground aand I’d like to see more through balls and cutbacks played on the ground and keep possession rather than putting it up for a percentage header all the time.
I mus confess I don’t know what all the fuss is about Vuksic yet, but i think ranger given a run might surprise us.
Have to agree to disagree about perch !!
Oct 4, 2010 at 6:24 PMComment #5
We fans think almost alike..
Remb this some of the players are still “NEW” to Newcastle Utd.
They need the time to grow and blend into the team.
Man Utd, Nani also need time, just that he got a cover as C.Ronaldo was always call upon. he is still blending into the Manutd team even after Ronado is gone…
Not many players can adpt stright into the team.
We got to gave some new players time to adjust. Esp, when they are not even 10 million dollars signings.