Big Sam Backing Defender Cacapa

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:

“Claudio will pick himself up,” “He 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 can’t kid him, can you? You know if you have done all right or not.”“Claudio is one of the few you thought wouldn’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.”

The former Bolton Wanderers manager made no attempt to hide his feelings, after seeing his side’s unbeaten home record under him disappear in dramatic fashion in just 11 minutes on Saturday.

“Portsmouth’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,” “What 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.”

“In the first 12 minutes we lost the game in the shortest period ever since I’ve been here. That sums it up. It was all destroyed in a 12-minute period.”

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.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • wsq

    Nov 5, 2007 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #1

    3 caps for brazil speaks for itself! big sam is in denial, i find it appalling. doesn’t he notice that cacapa has tendencies of being a calamity! a straight swap with bramble! good at times.. calamity most of the time

  • Aussie Geordie

    Nov 5, 2007 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    I think he is a good player but not necessarily the answer to our problems. I think Roz has shown the best form at the back so far. Faye is a defensive midfielder and is not the answer for the backs.

  • Jerry

    Nov 5, 2007 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Cacapa is an excellent defender. Make no mistake about that. he cant be otherwise with his track record and footballing career thus far. On this one I will back Sam’s judgement.

    Taylor on the other hand is the crappest of them all. I cant believe no one is giving him slack for Portsmouth last goal and 2nd or 3rd goal when he allowed himself to be beaten so easily at the right back spot for the cross to come in for the goal. He is getting away with it because he is English.

    All said and done, I think Sam will be fired, probably in the summer! And he can have no complaints!! Hopefully this time we will go for a top class continental manager. No more scrappy British managers!!!!!!!!

  • Bill F

    Nov 5, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed I have to disagree re the Pamarot goal. No one even attempted to close him down, basic stuff i’m afraid. The sad thing is no one seemed to be aware of what the other was doing. If this is Sam’s scientific tactical analysis then we are in for a long hard season. Cacapa on this showing is indefensible , he is an experienced player and should not be making schoolboy errors. Buying bargains on the cheap is all very well but why are their teams happy to release them. I’m not being negative here just realistic.

  • Chris

    Nov 5, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Its all just sooo familiar. Im totally gutted that after all the stick the defence has taken for all the years ive supported them i thought a last we had turned the corner, when in fact nothings changed. It doesnt matter how good they were before they join nufc, as soon as they pull on a black and white shirt they turn to sh*t. Roz looks a better choice, playing taylor at right back is a mistake and why he played the wingers on the wrong wings is beyond me. Im not confident for sat, id take a point at the moment for sure. The unthinkable is becoming a very real possibility. All this hype about best start for 10 years has been very much papering over the cracks. The performances have been v poor and against poor opposition. As soon as we play anyone half decent, i.e. pompey we are humuliated on our on patch too. I just hope the unwashed are hammered tonight so they are on as much as a low as we are going into the match.

  • ToonKing

    Nov 5, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Your right wsq 3 caps for Brazil speak for itself…………………………………being called up to the worlds best national team ………….he must be crap…. 😉

  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 5, 2007 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #7

    wsq you are a pratt mate, he has had a bad game! so wat lets move on and stop pretending that we haven’t seen Cacapa play well for us apart from the last 2 games, and also do u really think Titus Bramble would get a call up for Brazil if he was Brazilian? think about what u are sayin fella you making a fool of yourself

  • adam

    Nov 5, 2007 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #8

    i think cacapa is a great player for us. experience and leadership. he didnt have any help by the guys next to him in cover who couldve come across.

  • andyc290

    Nov 5, 2007 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #9

    I also think Cacapa is a great defender, his positional play and the way he tracks the forwards is fantastic (not including Saturday obviously!) The 2nd goal he was at fault for but the third was a blatant foul for me, Cacapa played the ball and was caught off balance by Utaka who made no attempt at playing the ball whatsoever. I actually thought the 4th goal was the worst one , how on earth all three of them managed to miss it when they were all unchalleged and it wasnt even a particularly good or hard cross, what a complete joke!!!

  • apan

    Nov 5, 2007 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #10

    cacapa u still have my backing!

    give him time to adapt lads, he played only like what 6 7 games for us? plus his been training hard, his track records with lyons just show just 2 bad games i think he needs time, then he be back stronger than ever

    taylor was crap that day gosh

  • Joe

    Nov 5, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #11

    I think Cacapa has been good so far. He had a shocker against Pompey but has been steady so far. It’s about getting the balance right and I agree that Tayls shouldn’t have been played at RB. The whole unit wasn’t right against Pompey and that was the problem.

    I just hope we improve our poor away record with a win. I think Roz needs his chance.

    Just a thought but… We haven’t played any of last years big four this season but we have played last seasons uefa cup spots and beaten them all easily.

  • Chris

    Nov 5, 2007 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Cacapa has proved he is a good player, positional sence appears to be spot on, unfotunately hes also shown that he doesnt (at the moment) like a challenge with the bigger centre forwards. Sat in particular, but even againt a very poor derby team he lost near enough every ball in the air to their big man. I dont want to see him up against kenwyn jones in his current form. I think we need to put taylor alongside roz and push faye into his more familiar holding midfield role in butts absence. I think emre should also feature while barton doesnt appear to be match fit still. Fingers crossed viduka is available cause he could make the difference, in the way we play and pressence he offers as a foil for either martins or owen.

  • Hammy

    Nov 5, 2007 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #13

    I still believe in Capaca………I had a few howlers in my time but at the end if your career as long as you’ve had more good times than bad that is all that matters.
    As a defender if you make a mistake it’s a goal, if you are a forward and miss two sitters who cares?????
    Let’s give the guy a break.
    And before anyone mentions Bramble he had umpteen chances to redeem himself…….and he still blew it.

  • Jóhann

    Nov 5, 2007 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #14

    I´m personally not sure about Cacapa. Bramble was great for one whole season at Ipswich remember? Maybe Cacapa just isn´t for the english league. He might shine in french but not sure in England.

  • Jóhann

    Nov 5, 2007 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Btw: Faye was great at Bolton while playing central defense so no reason for him not excelling for newcastle there. Just needs a good player alongside him.

  • Obafan

    Nov 5, 2007 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Cacap will proove most of you are wrong; in my opinion he is a fantastic defender who has a bad period ATM (every player has those annoying periods in their careers, look at Ronaldinho he can’t do anything good ATM for Barca). He made stupid mistakes, but for me one of the reasons that things aren’t working at the back is the communication and they don’t know eachother 100%, they need to learn echothers weaknesses and how to solve them together. In August I said that it took to long that we had new payers in the beginning it was all going smoothly but after Geremi’s transfer it started to slow down and BS was having problems by convincing his targets to join NUFC. By the time he had all his necessary players (in BS his opinion off course) the season was already 3 or 4 games far. I said it would cost us points because they didn’t have the time to gel; they have to do it in the league and that is not easy. Okay other teams may have the same problems, but that is for 2 or max 3 players. We need to gel a completely new squad and that takes time. For me that is a big reason why the last 2 games were very bad. I hope that BS gets enough time to proove what he is capable of, but again I don’t understand all of his choices.

  • Chris

    Nov 5, 2007 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #17

    There is no way you can use the word “fantastic” for him. Considering hes hardly been tested against the worlds best yet and looked very fragile on a couple of occasions. I really hope he does become accustomed to the pace and strength of the premiership and improve but lets not kid ourselves hes far from “fantastic” yet.

  • Macas

    Nov 5, 2007 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Its funny how Cacapa was getting praised on these boards only recently for being outstanding and the best defender we currently have! He didnt have his best day on Saturday but to be honest I thought he was unlucky for the second goal, he was following it perfectly but when it bounced it span inside him sitting just nicely for Benjani. Talyor however has always been prone to bad mistakes for Newcastle, and may well be the new Bramble if he doesnt learn to cut them out. He may be strong and powerful but you need the intelligence to go with it. Hopefully Saturday was just one of those freak games that happen every now and then.

  • Leo

    Nov 5, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #19

    course he will get come back from saterday, he wasnt lyons captain for 5 years for just to fail after one bad game

  • Soren

    Nov 5, 2007 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #20

    I’m backing Cacapa. Yes he had a terrible match saturday, but one player in the world can say they haven’t had one. Unfortunately for us and Newcastle, Cacapa had one of those on saturday. But that is one reason to burst out and call him a bad player, because he has shown he has quality and calmness. But I would agree that his performance at Reading and against Portsmouth should cost him his place, because Sam has said bad performances will cost a place in the starting XI. Rozehnal is certainly bidding for a starting place against Sunderland.

  • Obafan

    Nov 5, 2007 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Soren – completely agree. Roz deserves his starting spot. He came in under very difficult circumstances and did a good jb; he stabilised our defence for what it was worth after 3 goals in 5 minutes. Cacapa is in a bad period and he will get over it with all his experience and then everybody will say that he is the best , blablabla and then 1 bad pass and he again is the worst we ever had. Some of the people here change as quick as the weather.

    Macas – Finally someone who sees the mistakes and faults Taylor makes week in week out. Bad positions, technical limited player, no pressure on the attackers or at the bad moments, … He needs to come back with his feet on the ground because it is going the wrong way. Beye for RB on Saturday.

  • Chris

    Nov 6, 2007 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #22

    “Finally someone who sees the mistakes and faults Taylor makes week in week out” what????

    Yeh, everyone is aware of Taylors limitations. However, this forum is primariliy discussing Cacapa inibality to keep out a physical team and putting nufc in a unbeliavably embarrassing situation on sat.

    The two main factors to focus on here is taylor is 21 years old and in his 2nd real season as a first team regular with a hell of a lot to learn. Cacapa is 31 and in his final years as a so called established centre back. So dont start getting on your high horse spouting facts like you have uncovered something new.

    The point is steven taylor is one for the future and needs a so call experienced centre back along side him ,as a mentor and someone he can look up too and can guide him. He spent the whole of last season being the experienced one in a horrendous back line, the whole point of these purchases in the summer was for him to be used more sparingly and develop in a team not help others whilst he is still learning himself. So try to stop reading the bad press about him and form some opinions for yourselves. Liverpool,Chelsea and Man Utd wouldnt be following the contract negotiations if he was as bad as you make him out.

  • StevieA

    Nov 6, 2007 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Many great players never got much of chance to play for Brazil. It’s nothing new, they have their favourite players and tend to stick with them for 5-7 years.

    Cacapa will come good. He looked excellent in his first few games and once he settles in to the side he will be great for us. What people seem to forget is that we have 7 or 8 new players coming into the team. It’s going to take time!

  • StevieA

    Nov 6, 2007 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Newcastle are always too quick to call something a crisis and I am bloody fed up with it. You are just giving the papers the ammunition that they are looking for.

    I don’t listen to the century phone in because it’s full of muppets saying sack Allardyce. Or we need a new defence, or we are in a crisis.

    It’s complete bollocks. Give the manager time to build his team and then judge him. I guarantee we will be back in europe before you know it. I still feel that we need another striker and central midfielder but I am sure Sam knows that too.

    Portsmouth are a good side, I am tipping them for europe. I actually think they are more consistent than Liverpool I have to be honest. So who knows they might even make the champions league?

  • Chris

    Nov 6, 2007 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #25

    A club of our size, financially, literally and in terms of our marketing potential we are an the most under achieving club in England. Realist is the word. There are more people watching the game through black n white glasses who cant see the problems before them. Whether they want to block it out or cant see it. The club is going in the right direction in general although people see a few results and think we are a top 5/6 team again. Its not the case. Ive been a season ticket holder for long enough know that. We should be happy if we finish 8th or higher this season and move forward from there. Theres too many teams at out level who are progressing faster than at the moment.


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