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Chris Hughton's Shambolic Mistakes Cost Toon

Newcastle United evidently showed why the club would be relegation contenders come the new year if they climb into the Premier League this term, as a depressing and quite shocking away performance at Leicester City exposed Chris Hughton's failings and proved many a fan's assessment that the Magpies are a poor footballing side.

Newcastle United gave full debuts to Wayne Routledge and Patrick van Aanholt, as Nicky Butt replaced Jonas Gutierrez in midfield, and Ryan Taylor came in place of Tamas Kadar.

Leicester City started off brightly stretching the Toon defence as if it were made of elastic, until Richie Wellens was shown a second yellow for bringing down Routledge in the 29th minute.

The home-side pushed on, and could have scored a splendid goal with Matty Fryatt displaying an incredible ability to sprint, dribble, and shoot, a quality none of the Unite forwards could display.

60 minutes later, the scores remained the same, as United produced a shamefully inadequate performance against the 10-men of Leicester.

Hughton's brilliant plan to bench Nile Ranger, and Peter Lovenkrands backfired in the worst possible way, and Newcastle United, despite getting a point, looked like a Sunday League side who did not know how to attack the opponent.

United played a narrow formation with one striker up top, and if it were not for some inspired defending from van Aanholt, and Mike Williamson, they could have easily lost the game.

Ryan Taylor must have been the designated headless-chicken of the day as he wasted chance after chance of stretching play, or making a decent run into the box. All he did was stand at a safe distance away from the defence and dole out worthless cross-after-cross which no one could get on the end of (including the Leicester City players).

Danny Guthrie on the left-wing? The only word that comes into mind is 'why'. On top of that, three defensive minded players in the centre who have no pace, no creativity, and no idea of what is going around on the pitch. Butt, Smith and Nolan. They must be the three most single-track players in the history of football - they can only pass it short, in one direction, and have no idea what wingers are, and where the flanks are located.

Guthrie looked uninterested, and in the end tired, and lacking concentration. He does not know where the wings are either, but at least he switched play a few times. Although, to be fair, his first touch is diabolical to say the least, and must be first thing Hughton will address on Monday morning.

Can anyone answer why Andy Carroll acts like he is Wayne Rooney? Seriously, does the lad really think he can take on four defenders, emerge victorious, and then slot home a cool finish? If he does, then he should really visit a mental institutue.

Two out and out wingers available, and what does Hughton do? He employs the services of the world's most serene player - Nicky Butt to form a triangle with Alan Smith and Kevin Nolan in the centre of the field, and remain there in the hope that an Olympic choreographer would see them and hire them for the Opening Ceremony of the next big sporting event.

The football is too narrow, ladies and gentlemen. Someone please use the fullbacks. Wingers are not central midfielders. Everyone knows that, one may feel. But the concept has not sunk into the Toon yet.

It would be unfair to single Butt out today, but Kevin Nolan was off his game for sure, and Smith looked like he needed a tropical vacation somewhere exotic - like the Caribbean.

Some of the fans were crying for Joey Barton to return. Creativity, anyone? Hughton should take off his thinking cap and make a pledge to the fans to never ever reunite the central midfield quartet of Guthrie, Smith, Nolan, and Butt on the same pitch ever again. They would just confuse quantum physicists who would find it impossible to ascertain how they could seemingly stop time as we know it, and make 90 minutes seem like a week.

The most depressing, and ugly exhibition of football ever to have graced a Toon set-up by far. People complained about the football Sam Allardyce infused into the club. Oh god, how I would love Big Sam to come back now. The current lot and their 'football' are equivalent to watching paint dry at an architects convention.




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The Journalist

Writer: Mehzeb Chowdhury Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 30 2010

Time: 7:43PM

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I thought Leicester were good value for their point, more about what they did rather than what you didn't do.
Boxer
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30/01/2010 20:17:00

What a complete load of crap. Did you come up with that all by yourself, good man. Whats shambolic is your journalism, what would confuse a quantum physicist is why you have a job at all. Since when are you an expert, bring back big sam, just shows what you know, dumbass. Your just another pen pusher who just loves his own self indulgent tripe, keeps you in a job. Keep bashing C.Hughton, because you'll eat your words. Print that ya bucket of vomit.
stevepower
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30/01/2010 20:27:00

Completely agree with you Steve Power. Mehzeb, reading this article really made me angry and quite frankly ashamed that you call yourself a Newcastlle Fan. Were 4 points clear at the Top o the table and looking very solid and extremely hard to beat. Whilst yes we do lack creativity we had a lot more of the ball today and looked far more likely to score. CH is doing a great job under what are v difficult circumstances. What were you expecting before the season started?? Its exactly your sort of negativity and bashing that puts sever and unnecessary pressure on our players and managment, I bet your one of the morons that boo's our own players. Keep the Faith fellow true fans, we'll make it up this year.
Toontastico
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30/01/2010 20:53:00

Yes, the article's completely over the top. But the game *was* just another in a line of fairly toothless displays from the toon, and you only have too look at the current squad to see why. There are a few talented gems left in a very small squad (who haven't moved on because they won't get the same wages anywhere else - and who won't be replaced by a similar calibre of player when they do move on, because Ashley won't pay the going rate); the rest of the team is made up of journeymen and inexperienced loan players. A single injury in any position on the field is little short of a disaster, as we're seeing at the moment. At best, we'll stumble over the finish line and grab an automatic promotion place - but, even if this comes about, we'll be face-first in the ****e for the kick off at the start of next season unless Ashley manages to sell the club to someone with one iota of ambition in the closed season (please let this happen), or he decides to genuinely invest in the club's future, and stops all this talk of £30,000 wage caps, etc. I should also say that, as far as the club's unwillingness to deal (genuinely and openly) in the transfer market in the current period to properly support the promotion bid: Hughton is complicit in this.
Buck Black
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30/01/2010 21:03:00

This Article isn't over the Top its Spot On...we were crap...after they went down to ten men is when we should have changed to a 442 brought Lovenkrands on for Butt and at half time hooked Danny Guthrie who doesn't seem to want to take a first touch and replaced him with Jonas. Andy Carroll's head is starting to get to big, he thinks he can do a Maradona and run the ball into the net. I wouldn't let Pancrap play another game totally *****house i coach 14 year olds and those kids play better then him, he was not running at the defence and couldn't pass a ball 3 meters...we should have demolished them 4 or 5 nil but because of some tactical mishaps and stupid thinking we get a point instead all 3 and only stay 4 points clear..
aussietoonfan
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30/01/2010 22:55:00

we should turn our attention now to the 2 norwegian stars that we are linked to..erik and per clijian skjeibred...and that concludes our transfer activity..dont mull over moses..
newcastle 4eva
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31/01/2010 13:39:00

draw with a 10men team..how shameful is that for a championship leader...MA...aren't u considering higher bids for new players?
newcastle 4eva
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31/01/2010 14:21:00

terrible game. good article. expect better next time, for sure!
toonfan24
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