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Hughton urged to re-take coaching exam

Newcastle United were lucky to walk away with a point from a brilliant Swansea City side who outplayed the Magpies in every department on a grim day at the Liberty Stadium.

Chris Hughton's boys were outclassed by Paolo Sousa's men in a match few predicted would be so one-sided.

Swansea fans cheered their side throughout the encounter as midfield trio Andrea Orlandi, David Cotterill (who scored the opener in the 56th minute), and Nathan Dyer tore apart the North-East club.

'Football is an unfair game sometimes,' Swansea manager Sousa said after the match.

'We were better in every department, and were the better side. The result is unfair.'

Few would disagree with that assessment. It was not until the 87th minute that Newcastle even had a shot on target. Yes, that was the goal (scored by Andy Carroll). Does that not sum up the afternoon perfectly?

Hughton fielded an unchanged side from last week's demoralising defeat at Derby, with only Fabricio Coloccini coming in for Mike Williamson, and Peter Lovenkrands replacing Leon Best in attack.

Danny Guthrie slotted into an unfamiliar left-wing position, and Kevin Nolan, along with Alan Smith occupying the central midfield berth.

The match was testament to a complete lack of tactical knowledge on the part of Chris Hughton, whose defensive-minded, and one-dimensional playing style not only is horrible on the eyes, but is becoming a a plague eating away consistency and results.

The side were defensively poor as well, with Cotterill running rings around a tired-looking, frail Danny Simpson, along with a very exhausted, and uninterested Danny Guthrie refusing to help out the back-four when needed.

The attacks were too slow, and as such had zero impact. It is not often that the club on top of the Championship sits back and invites the opposition to attack and try to hit them on the break. It is perfectly alright when you are doing that against Chelsea, or Manchester United, but to do it against a side lower than yourselves in the league... really?

All in all, another toothless performance which will remain a trend as long as Chris Hughton stays in charge, or, Newcastle hire a coach who can drill some intelligence and creativity into the heads of the club's biggest resource suckers, as well as the younger ones, whose development is being infringed by a coaching team of inept pansies.

'Wounded animal mentality'- don't make us laugh. It's more like the 'dying animal.'




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The Journalist

Writer: Mehzeb Chowdhury Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 13 2010

Time: 10:18PM

Your Comments

yes we were the better side by a mile and newcastle stole a point effectively. but just comes to show you guys far far the swans have come and how ambitious we are nowadays. althought i do agree that you guys didnt get out of your shell, there wasn't much of a chance for you to do so because of our superior passing game. the game was lost by us when paolo took off nathan dyer and seemingly felt content to play on the counteattack, actively allowing newcastle to control the ball for the last spell of the game. at 1-0 up we shouldnt of done it. but im none the less so proud of my swans and you guys should cosider it a point earnt rather than 2 lost.
merenoob
i feel that CH is at fault..BUT the fans are also at fault!...we only know how to praise CH when we hammered cardiff city but we condemn him when we drop points....aren't we supposed to encourage the team..if not we should not ever be considered as toon army. you guys know what is the hidden meaning behind the word "army"..it means unity..we should stick together..its true that our central midfield berth is completely outclassed by swansea...that is certainly a point CH should take note of..unfortunately jonas has a hamstring strain..if not i tink among smith nolan and guthrie..i will keep smith and either nolan/guthrie..or even trying out those players like ryan donaldson..under 18s players...as for right back..simpson seems fragile..but he worked hard..so i will stick with him...and perhaps replacing him with steven taylor when he is back with us...as for the attacking options...we should try go with loven and best.and bring on carroll after 60 mins..i guess his aerial ability is what we wanted the most...or else we can even try 4-3-3....an even more attacking side..so which means we cannot complain our midfield is slow and uncreative..put smith as defensive midfielder..and two wingers...and lastly among loven/carroll/best , choose one to be target man..i suppose he should be loven..as carroll can head the ball to him.and best has the ability to retain possession of ball due to his physical presence..perhaps we can try 4-3-3 against conventry..which i personally expect nufc to win with best haunting his former club..an attacking side which is not as slow as the one up against swansea city...what do the TRUE TOON ARMY feel?...feel free to give your comments... Howays the Lads
newcastle 4eva
I think a 4-3-3 would be suitable. Harper Simpson Williamson Coloccini van Aanholt Routledge Nolan Jonas Best Carroll Lovenkrands That's the team... but shame CH's tactics will mean everyone will sit back and defend, including the three strikers.
toonfan24
CH must have the sense to change the team to win..if not he can employ roberto mancini's tactics...strikers must also help out with the defence...all the 3 departments move forward and backward in the same manner..
newcastle 4eva
we should and must capitalise on our next 2 home games and get 6 points into our bag for 2 big reasons. 1) forest has been in poor form. 2) wba has many injuries . so please attack and dont play nolan smith guthrie together.they look listless and uninterested together..i will rather see some of our youngsters...4-3-3 may help...trust me..CH..
newcastle 4eva
i thought you lotplayed yer get out of jail free card!
merlin
 

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