This morning Sam Allardyce is backing a man he was singing the praises of only a short few weeks ago.
Claudio Cacapa, of all people, the experienced Brazilian who captained Lyon to 5 consecutive French titles, made two bad mistakes against Portsmouth on Saturday, when he allowed himself to be brushed off the ball twice in the first 11 minutes and goals resulted.
Claudio Cacapa – two terrible mistakes by the Brazilian on Saturday resulted in goals
But Big Sam is backing Claudio to be man enough to take the humiliation of being replaced after only 16 minutes and come back stronger than ever. Sam talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning about Cacapa:
â€œClaudio will pick himself up,â€ â€œHe was looking a little labored, that is why I made the early change. He has enough experience to accept he has made some mistakes.”
“When you wake up on Sunday morning you can kid as much as you like to everyone else but when you look in the mirror you canâ€™t kid him, can you? You know if you have done all right or not.â€â€œClaudio is one of the few you thought wouldnâ€™t make that type of mistake, but he did. We all try to learn from those mistakes and eliminate them as much as we possibly can.â€
The former Bolton Wanderers manager made no attempt to hide his feelings, after seeing his sideâ€™s unbeaten home record under him disappear in dramatic fashion in just 11 minutes on Saturday.
â€œPortsmouthâ€™s win was down to Newcastle United gifting them the game and not down to their ability to win the game apart from a stunning, stunning first goal,â€ â€œWhat I put on to the field is an extension of me. The players have to go out and put on a performance, be organized, understand how they should play, keep their shape, keep their discipline and use their abilities in the right areas.â€
â€œIn the first 12 minutes we lost the game in the shortest period ever since Iâ€™ve been here. That sums it up. It was all destroyed in a 12-minute period.â€
Sam’s right there, although the Newcastle defense could do little about the Noe Pamarot goal after 8 minutes, which just flew into the net after just 8 minutes. But after that, within just 3 minutes, we were 3-0 down and the game was essentially over. Portsmouth are perhaps the best side we have faced this season and our defense has to learn the basics of defending very quickly, if we are to get any points from the big boys.