Cacapa Solid and Effective on Saturday

Sam Allardyce talked today about the performance of Brazilian Claudio Cacapa on Saturday, which we thought was excellent in the heart of Newcastle’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 Portsmouth’s three goals conceded.

Sam talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning about clean sheets and Claudio’s performance:

“We asked the lads to stop Fulham first and foremost away from home. We haven’t had a clean sheet away in 12 months, we haven’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.”

“We did not really want to put Claudio straight back in, but we’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.”

“He 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. Claudio’s performance at the back is one of the reasons we got three points.”

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 we’ll take it.


Comments welcome.

5 comments so far


    Dec 17, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1

    We got a bit of luck against fulham,and we were due it.The a mount of times we have been giving off sides when we were clearly on and we have had a few penalty shouts and we get nothing.

    I did feel it wasnt a great performance,Fulham were better passing and we didnt create much up front.But even in the last few minutes we kept going and got a deserved peno.

    We need to play better against derby and we need goals from our strikers.Owens back and derby is a great match for him to find his scoring boots.

  • Alex Brett

    Dec 17, 2007 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Well I was at the game and I think the Defence were awsome! Especially Beye, nothing got past him!

    Enrique threw me his training top aswell!!

    All in all though it was a great result and hopefully we can push on now!!

  • yh

    Dec 17, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Yeah mark of a true professional, Cacapa.
    What a way to come back from a truly shite performance 😀

  • aaron d

    Dec 17, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Anyone read the rating in the Sun, they are always total bullshit, they gave Habib Beye a 5 out of 10 meaning he was one of the worst players on the pitch, i my opinion was one of the best, made some important headers, interception and never gave the ball away.

  • Bill f

    Dec 17, 2007 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    From what I saw Beye looked good, anyone else see a resemblence between him and Nobby both in looks and style.

    As for Claudio it clearly defines the fine margin between being fully fit and slightly crocked especially in the EPL.

    Too many of our lads have played in the past with injuries lets hope it’s now a thing of the past.


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