'Dirty Newcastle'? No Way!

30 November 2010 04:44
Newcastle United's disciplinary problems mounted after the Bolton game but Chris Hughton insists his side isn't a "dirty team". Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Joey Barton and Cheik Tiote have all been banned in the last week. Chris Hughton: "It's been a freak fortnight. "I don't think that anyone who has seen us play would call us a dirty team. "It's not a concern that we'll pick up a reputation at all, because we're not that kind of side. "Of course the players need to be aware of their actions, and what it might mean, but what we have had really is a freak fortnight. "To have one ban like this is quite unusual, but to have three in two weeks is really quite rare. We have to accept it and get on with it. "It's something that we'll remind the players about – we remind them about it all the time – but neither of those players have a bad disciplinary record on the whole. "Mike was on two bookings for the whole season before the ban. Colo was on three bookings before he got sent off. Those are not bad disciplinary records or something to be concerned about."