Sam Allardyce talked today about the performance of Brazilian Claudio Cacapa on Saturday, which we thought was excellent in the heart of Newcastleâ€™s defense, especially in the second half.
Claudio Cacapa – showed all his experience on Saturday
Cacapa replaced the injured Steven Taylor on Saturday, for his first game since the nightmare Portsmouth game, when Cacapa was hauled off very early after he had been responsible for two of Portsmouthâ€™s three goals conceded.
Sam talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning about clean sheets and Claudio’s performance:
â€œWe asked the lads to stop Fulham first and foremost away from home. We havenâ€™t had a clean sheet away in 12 months, we havenâ€™t won a game away from home since the first game of the season, so I wanted a more resilient performance without trying to take away the opportunity to attack the opposition.â€
â€œWe did not really want to put Claudio straight back in, but weâ€™re glad to have him back in the squad. But with Steven (Taylor), who has been terrific in the last three weeks, failing an injury test, he used all his experience and get himself through the game.â€
â€œHe had a very solid, effective performance. A manager is always satisfied when they go away from home and the opposition do not score. It was always going to take one goal to win the game and we got it in the 90th minute like we did last week. Claudioâ€™s performance at the back is one of the reasons we got three points.â€
We thought Claudio did really well on Saturday, as we reported yesterday. He played well in the circumstances, given that he seemed to be brought in at the last moment for the impressive Steven Taylor, who was injured.
And it certainly looked like the game was heading for a draw until we were gifted the penalty with just a minute of added time to go. We were lucky on Saturday, no doubt about that, but weâ€™ll take it.