Stephen Carr has hamstring problems again and Peter Ramage may have damaged his knee ligaments in yesterday’s disappointing draw with Middlesbrough at the Riverside stadium.
After the game Big Sam pointed out he is now short in the right-back position, having lost of the players who can play there in one game, and may have to bring in someone before the end of the transfer window on Friday.
Mike Ashley attended his first Newcastle game in person wearing a Newcastle United shirt.
Owner Mike Ashley – seemed to enjoy the game – if not the result
The Middlesbrough game is a game Newcastle should have taken all 3 points. They were twice ahead, the second time being only 13 minutes from time, but in both cases they couldn’t maintain their lead. Add to that the fact we lost two right-backs in one game and Big Sam was rather a worried man after the game.
After the game Allardyce said:
â€œThat, on top of not winning today, makes me feel like we have lost rather than drawn.â€
â€œWe will have to deal with those injury situations tomorrow and see whether that takes us into the market on a more ferocious basis this week, which it might have to.â€
â€œI am well short now defensively, which is where my biggest problems have lain all summer.â€
â€œThey are back there again now because of two injuries. It is typical, you always seem to get injuries where you are short.â€
â€œWe are short in that area and we picked up not just one, but two injuries, and certainly one looks quite serious.â€
â€œWith the window shutting, we will have to have a good look around and see how we go on.â€
Big Sam was justifiably unhappy with his sideâ€™s defending, but we think that will improve as the season goes on. But it certainly wasn’t a typical performance from an Allardyce team by twice yielding the lead they had taken away from home.
Sam is also not disturbed by buy out claims of the club – that seem to hit the newspapers almost every day.
â€œI have got no problems. We are moving the club forward as quickly as we can â€“ not quick enough for me, but I am always the most impatient one at the football club anyway.â€
â€œBut we are moving forward in every department.”
“The more success you bring, the more your new owner gets hooked; the more your new owner gets hooked, the better it is for us all.â€
So we’ll look for Big Sam to make a move for a right-back in the next four days. We believe that Abdoulaye Faye will also join the defensive ranks. We know that Chelsea have a couple of right backs who seem to be quality in Glen Johnson and Lassana Diarra – but we’ll need to see how much the London club wants for them. Sam may also have other targets he has already researched.
Lots of fans have been wanting another right-back brought into the club so fate may have played a role here. We have to remember that Stephen Carr has had multiple hamstring problems in his time at Newcastle. Peter Ramage’s knee injury looked bad – and it’s very unfortunate for the boy from Ashington.