Newcastle did not play well against Fulham yesterday, and the game was an extremely poor one to watch. Thereâ€™s no getting away from that. However, there were a couple of shining lights in the game.
Claudio Cacapa – quietly performed heroics for Newcastle yesterday
Newcastle didn’t show any attacking flair whatsoever, and were still a little suspect at the back yesterday at Craven Cottage. The player that looked most susceptible was David Rozehnal, who seemed tentative at best yesterday.
And Fulham, to their credit, came back in the second half, but it was then that Brazilian Claudio Cacapa looked strong and confident in the back four for the Magpies, and looked an excellent player. Claudio made several key blocks and interceptions and saved Newcastle on more than one occasion.
And this was after he had been brought in at the last minute after an injury to Steven Taylor, and he had played just once on Thursday in the quickly arranged friendly against a Hartlepool United eleven, that Newcastle beat handily 4-1.
This was redemption for Claudio Cacapa yesterday, after his terrible performance against Portsmouth 6 weeks ago. Looks like we’ll have to accept that he had an injured knee in that woeful performance against Portsmouth, when we were 3-0 down after 11 minutes.
It shows you what a great player this lad is â€“ not to mention his strong and gutsy character â€“ to come back like he did yesterday. He was Newcastleâ€™s best player, just shading Habib Beye, who had yet another strong game for Newcastle at right-back.
Those were the shining lights in yesterdayâ€™s game, and the 3 points, and that was about it. Well done Claudio, heâ€™s obviously back, and performed heroically yesterday, and Beye is starting to look great at the back too.