Hughes happy despite defeat

A fine goal from Leon Best just before half-time settled the

game in Newcastle’s favour at St James’ Park as the Magpies moved

into sixth place in the Premier League.

For Hughes it marked a losing start to his reign, having

replaced Neil Warnock this week, but the former Fulham and

Manchester City boss took some positives from his side’s

performance and felt they deserved to get something out of the

game.

He said of his players on Sky Sports News: “I was pleased with

their application, they gave me everything they had, obviously

we’ve been done with a little bit of individual skill in our own

box.

“In terms of our play I think we created a number of reasonable

chances and on another day those will go in for us. It would have

been ideal obviously if we could have got something out of the game

because overall I felt we deserved something.

“It’s a hard place to come, we understand that, it was never

going to be easy so that’s why I’m encouraged by what I saw

today.”

He added: “We haven’t had that much opportunity to work on our

attacking play, it was more this week about making sure our shape

was good and everybody knew what was expected of them and I think

you could see that in our play.

“We were nice and solid, and everyone was working in relation to

one another and that augurs well for the future and I think the

longer we have the opportunity to work with the guys and given

their application today, they’ll only improve.”

Regarding the possibility of adding new faces to his squad

during the January transfer window, Hughes added: “If there’s

quality available and attainable then we’ll pursue that but they

have to be the right players and they have to be the players who

can come in and make a major impact because otherwise there’s no

point bringing them.”

Asked about Blackburn defender Christopher Samba, Hughes added:

“It’s common knowledge we’ve put in a bid for Chris Samba. We have

a number of players we would like to bring to the club. We’ll have

to wait and see.”

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew praised his side for their

discipline in protecting their one-goal lead.

“We were disciplined with the goal that we had and tried to look

for another. And then in the last period of the game we were just

seeing it out really, it was a nice disciplined performance from

us,” he said.