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’.

Mark Hughes:

“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

Goals:

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

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba, Ritchie, Hayden (Shelvey 69), Merino, Atsu, Perez (Diame 86), Joselu (Gayle 78)

Unused Subs:

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)

(Give us your Newcastle v Stoke player ratings Here)



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Typical comments from someone who`s played for Man U,
    they all live in a bubble
    I`ll say 1 thing for him he was a great player, you`re no mug if you play for Man U, Barcelona & Bayern Munich

    • Whickhamrobbie

      Yes good player .miserable manager ,i hate his type of snarling angry manager . The game was close but we won .

  • Paul Patterson

    In fairness, the stats do show that there wasn’t much between the two sides, but that’s football, don’t take your chances and you loose the game.
    I remember in 96, Manchester United taking a battering at St James’ Park, only to go up the other end and score the winner and won the league through it. Look at tonight’s Tottenham game stats, you’ll be shocked that it ended 0-0. That’s football.
    And as for ‘controlling the game’, to one side it may look that way, but to the other it looks like you’re just soaking up pressure. Grapes taste ok Mark? HTL.

  • East Durham Mag

    We should have been out of sight at half time. What’s that i smell oh yeah sh*te.

  • Rich Lawson

    He’s not a good loser is he ?

  • Steve Smith

    I called it during the week, I knew he’d be arrogant.

  • Antenociticus

    Just because you have the majority of the possession that doesn’t mean you controlled the game. Time of possession is meaningless If you don’t do anything with it. The only meaningful statistic is the number of goals: Newcastle United scored more than Stoke City. End of. . .

  • Wor Lass

    I don`t know why my post is being moderated.It`s getting like the Chronic on here. Here goes again. Ah, it`s the word b*tt! Would you believe it?!

    I followed the game on the Chronicle live blog (frustratingly not very “live”) and my impression was that we should have been out of sight by half time but Stoke could have levelled things by the end of the game. I don`t like Hughes`s attitude – he`s always quite mean-spirited – but I don`t think he`s saying anything particularly controversial here. The bottom line is three points to the lads and another notch on Rafa`s managerial gun b*tt. Next stop Brighton and a chance to remind them who finished as Champions last season. I hope their fans can afford the entry fee after having to shell out for new scarves!

  • Peaky Magpie

    Fergie lives on,you got beat get over it ! When’s the watch tapping going to start.

  • magpiefifer

    When does Hughes ever give credit to the opposing team!?

  • Sing in the Leazes

    Playing right into Rafa”s hands!
    Long may it continue. Let every team underestimate us, under-rate our performances and leave with no points, scratching their heads and wondering why they had an off day.
    The last thing we want at this eatly stage in the season is healthy respect from opponents. We want the element of surprise!