We were disappointed at the team Keegan picked yesterday because it seemed to display the fallacies of our former two managers Sam Allardyce and Glenn Roeder, by keeping the older experienced players in the team, even it meant playing them out of position, at the expense of the youngesters.
Kevin Keegan – don’t play Carr at left back
It was fully expected that Habib Beye would come straight in at right back for Stephen Carr and that Enrique would come back at left back since he had a good full game for the Spanish Under-21 side in midweek against France in Spain.
But no, rather than bring in Enrique he switched right back and right footed Carr to play at left back. And to prove out point seconds after the kickoff yesterday the ball was played back to Stephen on his left side and he put the ball immediately onto this right foot so he could clear it.
What is wrong with Jose Enrique?
Every time the boy has played heâ€™s looked good yet both Sam and Kevin seem loathe to give the lad any games.
Then we had Alan Smith maintain his place up front when a fully fit Mark Viduka would have given us some heading ability. As it was Laursen won just every ball is the air yesterday, apart from Michael Owenâ€™s well taken goal.
As it was Mark sat on the bench stony faced but surely he thought he could do a lot better than Smith out there. Smith may not be good enough for Newcastle other than to be a good utility player in the mold of Aaron Hughes. Good at most thinks but nor great at any.
And after praising Emreâ€™s abilities to change game for the whole week Kevin had him on the bench until about 125 minutes to go, and he looked good when he first got on the field.
Kevin says we were bullied in defense yet he had Abdoulaye Faye, all 6â€™2â€ of him sitting on the bench. It will be the day when we see Abdoulaye bullied in defense, thatâ€™s for sure. Faye HAS to start with Taylor, or else Kevin should replace Butt with Faye, but this boy has to start every game from now on, either in defense or defensive midfield.
Finally, Given didnâ€™t look too comfortable yesterday, and seemed at fault for the first goal. Harper came on and played well with two great saves within a minute around the 70th minute, to save us from further humiliation. It will be interesting to see who starts in goal in two weeks, if Given is fit again.
What do you think about this?
Please let us know – comments very welcome – just keep the language decent for the bairns.