Abdoulaye Faye and Claudio Cacapa have been little short of a revelation in these last two home games and they have played excellently in the heart of the Newcastle defense.
They have to be good, because they are keeping David Rozehnal and Steven Taylor out of the team, both of whom are also very good central defenders.
Faye arrived at St Jamesâ€™s Park with most fans expecting him to be a good strong squad player but nothing more – how wrong we were.
Abdoulaye Faye – forced himself into Newcastle side and formed a solid partnership with Cacapa
Faye forced himself into the team and with performances like the last two games itâ€™s hard to know how Sam could leave him out of the team but Rozehnal and Taylor will come again, thereâ€™s do doubt about that. Faye has been praising his defensive partner Cacapa, after the Brazilian pipped him to his first Newcastle goal last night
In the first half Faye had seen his similar near post header hit the post from an Nâ€™Zogbia corner before Fayeâ€™s flick-on for Cacapa allowed the Brazilian to power home an unstoppable header on 52 minutes.
Newcastleâ€™s back line has looked that extra bit more solid since Sam decided to pair Cacapa and Faye together against Everton after the poor game at Manchester City. Faye said after the game:
â€œIt was good to help Claudio score. I flicked the ball into his path from the corner from Emre and he scored. I was delighted for him.â€
â€œCacapa is a good player for us this season.â€ â€œHe is an intelligent guy and I like to work with him.â€
â€œIt was a great win for us and for me personally to be in the team twice at St Jamesâ€™ Park is excellent, I am very happy.â€
Speaking about his first-half header that came off the post he explained:
â€œWhen the ball came across I saw it heading for the goal and thought â€˜oh my godâ€™ because I thought I had scored my first goal for the club.â€
â€œBut it wasnâ€™t to be for me and perhaps another day that will go in.â€ â€œI was just happy that we won the game and played some good football.â€
The work on the practice field is certainly paying off for Newcastle as, just like at Bolton, Sam has got Newcastle deadly at set pieces and Tottenham were just not good enough at the back last night to deal with the Newcastle danger. The next item on the agenda is the away game against Reading on Saturday. Our away from has not been as good as weâ€™ve been at home so itâ€™s a good chance to improve that statistic. Faye concluded:
â€œThe confidence is high in the team at the moment.â€ â€œWe are aware that some things need to be worked on and we will do that.â€