Kevin Keegan has informed his young up and coming defender David Edgar that all he needs now is a broken nose to be a proper defender, after the 20 year-old had seven stitches in a head wound picked up near the end of the game yesterday.
David Edgar – 7 stitches in forehead wound
The 20-year-old clashed with striker Carlton Cole in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with West Ham, and the 20 year-old Canadian left the field with blood gushing from his forehead.
Keegan said after the game yesterday:
“He’s taken a knock but he’s OK and has had seven stitches in it.,”
“I’ve told him he’s a proper defender now and all he needs is the broken nose.”
The Newcastle Academy graduate was starting his second game of the season, after Abdoulaye Faye was forced to withdraw, very late, from the squad because of injury.
Keegan thinks that both young central defenders, Edgar and England Under-21 Captain Steven Taylor grew in stature as the game went on.
“We had two young centre-backs playing today and they got better as the game went on,”
“It was a disappointing first half an hour or so but after that we improved and looked more solid after the break.”
We think Kevin will be pleased that three of his back four yesterday were 22 years-old or younger, and apart from the first 30 minutes, all the lads played solidly.
But the defense and the team in general was out of sorts for the majority of the first half as they went two goals down.
It took Oba Martins to score one and make one, to get the Magpies level at half time, but Newcastle couldn’t go on to get all 3 points and a draw was probably a fair result.