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Time to read the riot act, just do it quietly

By Lee Ryder on Feb 10, 10 09:29 AM

If there is such a thing as a panic button in football then Chris Hughton is refusing to press it following Newcastle United's drubbing at Derby County.

Newcastle's 15 game unbeaten run came to a disappointing end against the Rams on a night when nothing went right for the Magpies.

When United went 1-0 down to Rob Hulse's header there was nothing to suggest that Newcastle would not be able to operate the tools they have in order to snatch a result from Pride Park.

But when you're missing chances in front of goal and the referee, in Andy Taylor of Gravesend, has already let Robbie Savage get away with just a booking for a tackle similar to those that have earned red cards elsewhere this season, you start to expect the worst.

That came when Andy Carroll's effort was ruled out in another strange decision from Taylor.

Jonas then upended Michael Tonge to earn a penalty which Kris Commons belted home to double the lead and start to drain the belief out of Newcastle.

It was 3-0 shortly afterwards when Shaun Barker smashed home and that was that.

Newcastle surrender the leadership of the Championship but still have a game in hand and can return to the top on Saturday.

Hughton was a calm figure on the way out of Pride Park but it was pretty obvious that there had been a few home truths handed out to a team that he now starting to make look like his own.

All of the new boys looked pretty downbeat and with headphone clad Wayne Routledge in no mood for further human interaction during the aftermath, he looked like a man who needed to be left alone.

Yes, this was a bad night for Newcastle but there hasn't been too many like it this season.

But time to panic?

Not yet surely.

11 Comments

Steven weir said:

Can't treat everygame as a fa cup game otherwise we'd be sending out the reserves every week !

nufc fan said:

we should stop all the complains and grumbling. all this were in vain. we should be calm and analyse why did we exactly went wrong last night?..why is there such a great difference in terms of our performance against cardiff city and derby?..we did not change our starting line up either. our defence?..replace hall with colo when he is back from injury?..rest nolan and replace with smith. guthrie to continue in the CM. i guess our strikers are doing fine right?.
wad about formation?. should we try 4-1-2-1-1 or 4-3-3 instead of always using 4-5-1 or 4-4-2 which may not seem effective at times?..hope CH ponders this carefully. match against swansea is our only chance to reopen the gap between nufc and wba since we have all played 30 matches respectively.
True fans should back their team in times of need!Howay the Lads!

Ozmag said:

Panic no way!

Last night we weathered the first 15 minutes where Derby were clearly in control towards half time I thought we started to play the better football, their first was a quick break after our pressure, then Carroll's goal should have stood! At 1-1 it would have been anyones game.

We had a soft penalty appeal turned down and they got one given again against the run of play.

So until then pretty even!

My concern was the amount of high ball we played, Harps generally kicked long and there seemed to be a lack of cohesion between the fullbacks and our wide players - understandable given they have been together 3 games.

I hope we attack at Swansea but play the ball on the ground, which means start with Lovenkrands and not two target men. I'd rather lose one and win one than get a couple of 0-0 draws like Leicester.

HWTL

Nath said:

I was at Leicester and I was there last night. We played terribly in the Leicester game and were lucky not to lose to 10 men without creating a great deal. Yet last night we actually attacked them had a fair few chances, were unlucky not to get the goal that was ruled out and of course we had a couple of penalty shouts of our own. They were fired up for it, we had a few passengers in Nolan, Simpson and Jonas and didn't get the rub of the green. Get over it and move in starting on Saturday. Play the same starting XI, Smith has been poor for a while now so why should he just walk straight back in.

toongonebad said:

i don't mind seeing 451 until we take the sting out of the opposition then move up a gear to 442. and why isn't PLvnkds getting a start? maybe we were a bit adventerous at the mo until the new boys settle in, friday obviously had a bit of beginners luck about it. still a little concerned about the chopping and changing but hey we can't win them all...

Chris Gray said:

4-1-2-1-1 ? Why play with only 10 players? I would prefer 5-5-4. Plenty of width.

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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