Don't make Hughton Toon scapegoat
Make one bad substitution and suddenly 'you don't know what you're doing'. That's been the scenario for Newcastle stand-in boss Chris Hughton who was at the receiving end of such chants from the Toon faithful on Sunday.
We all know that an unfit Obafemi Martins is likely to be more dangerous than an unfit Shola Ameobi and Hughton's choice to haul Martins off against Bolton was a strange one.
However one such obvious blunder - which may or may not have cost us a point(s)- does not make Hughton responsible for our current plight. Give the guy a chance.
Toon fans have been subjected to plenty of dross this season and have every right to make themselves heard but now isn't the time to desert a coach who is only in the hotseat by default and not by his own choosing.
At a time when we all need to stick together and support the team, chants of 'you don't what you're doing' will drain away what little confidence Hughton and the players had left.
Nervy and paranoid players are usually the result of negative chants from the stands and that's something we can't afford right now.
Let's put Bolton behind us, get behind the players and the coach and do what supporters do best: support.
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