Hearing what Mark Hughes said after the match, I had to have a laugh.
Like most Newcastle fans I couldn’t stand him as a player and as a manager, nothing much has changed.
Hopefully the likes of Match of The Day will do Newcastle justice because despite the one goal margin, NUFC could and should have won this by three or four goals.
The first half saw chance after chance missed and Joselu should have been taking the match ball home!!
Yes Stoke had a few chances but Newcastle were by far the better team, yet after the game Mark Hughes has claimed ‘Don’t think there was too much between both teams’.
The Potters boss adding ‘Second half we controlled the game for the vast majority’.
“We have played better than that in recent weeks and it’s disappointing from our point of view. We were loose in our general play and the accuracy of our passing.
“We had more possession and they looked to counter-attack and it was a different test, one we had to cope with better.
“We will find teams like Newcastle who will show respect and sit back and invite us on and so we’ve got to be more accurate in our work and our passing.
“We maybe needed a different mindset of what’s required.
“We had to be vigilant but towards the end of the game we made a mistake on the set-play after working really hard to get back on level terms.
“We went for it at the end, but it wasn’t to be.
“Second half we controlled the game for the vast majority, they were just looking to break on us.
“We didn’t quite do our jobs at a corner and Jack Butland wasn’t able to save it. We’ll move on to the next one.
“We are a good side and we can knock it around but at key moments we have to be clinical.
“I thought we were better second half and once we were on level terms we had a real opportunity to take the game away from them.
“But we made a mistake on the corner to allow them to get back into the lead, but even so we had two or three opportunities that on another day we would take.
“I don’t think there was too much between both teams.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Stoke 1
Newcastle: Atsu 19, Lascelles 68
Stoke: Shaqiri 57
Possession was Stoke 58% Newcastle 42%
Total shots were Stoke 10 Newcastle 16
Shots on target were Stoke 13 Newcastle 14
Corners were Stoke 5 Newcastle 7
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba, Ritchie, Hayden (Shelvey 69), Merino, Atsu, Perez (Diame 86), Joselu (Gayle 78)
Woodman, Manquillo, Murphy, Lejeune
Crowd: 51,795 (approx 1,500 Stoke)
(Alan Shearer a very happy man after Newcastle went top four – Read it Here)
(The instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to win over Stoke – Here)
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