We assume Claudio Cacapa had his worst 11 minutes of football ever against Portsmouth when he was responsible for 2 of the 3 goals Newcastle conceded in that time.
Big Sam then took the right decision and hauled the Brazilian out of the game after just 17 minutes and put David Rozehnal in his place. We will never forget seeing the poor Cacapa trudging off, knowing full well what he had done. Lost the game for Newcastle United.
Claudio Cacapa – played against Pompey with slight hamstring injury
But Cacapa before that game looked a good player and we suspected at the time he may have been carrying a bit of an injury, which would at least explain some of his poor defending.
Cacapa talked to the Evening Chronicle yesterday afternoon:
â€œIf the truth was known I should not have played against Portsmouth because I had a bit of hamstring trouble.â€ â€œAfter the way we had lost at Reading after doing so well against Everton and Spurs I was desperate to get out there against Portsmouth.â€
â€œWhat is particularly annoying for me is the fact I have played against Benjani a lot of times in the past and I have always done well against him.â€ â€œI did not do well that day. You know, there is a saying in football that you do not become a bad player after just one game.â€
â€œWell, I aim to show people I have not become a bad player after just 17 minutes.â€
Thereâ€™s not much else Cacapa can really say but those are still good words from the Brazilian. But, he will now have to show the Newcastle fans he is the player we once thought he was. And he has to realize that you cannot carry injuries in the Premiership, another learning experience for him. You may be able to get away with it in some of the other European Leagues, but not in England, where the physical demands on a player are great.
Itâ€™s not too long, less than 5 weeks, before we will lose the services of the African corp. of Newcastleâ€™s squad, Faye, Geremi, Habib Beye and Oba Martins to the African Nations Cup, so itâ€™s important that Cacapa is introduced back into the fold fairly quickly. We really hope he can put the Pompey game behind him, because Newcastle need a few heroes right now, to turn the current gloomy situation around.
A win at Blackburn can lift the gloom on Saturday, but weâ€™d be surprised if Cacapa starts that game. Weâ€™re glad heâ€™s back, and he does seem to have an excellent attitude. A few sterling games at the back for Newcastle in December is needed though, to convince the fans heâ€™s the real deal.
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