The Newcastle players put in another sub-par performance on Saturday, to record their third loss on the trot at Upton Park, against what was after all, an ordinary looking West Ham side.
Sebastien Bassong – deserves to start on Wednesday
It seems the players have been affected by the turmoil going on at the club, and two poor performances is all they are allowed. The lads just have to get a grip before we lose too many valuable points in the league.
The very last thing we want this season is another fight against relegation, and we can certainly play a lot better than was have done in our last two performances.
We saw just how well the lads can play following Michel Owen’s goal after 67 minutes on Saturday, when we suddenly looked a completely different team.
Keegan came in last January and the problem with the team at that time, is that we hadn’t won for a while and confidence was very low. Let’s not let things deteriorate into that situation again, and the players at the club have to be a lot more professional than they’ve shown in the last couple of games.
You can only use the excuse of turmoil at the club for so long, and two games is it.
The defense has been culpable of some very poor play, and surely we have to start young Sebastien Bassong against Tottenham on Wednesday. The lad’s looked a very good player each time he has played and he deserves a start on Wednesday. either at center-back or at least at left back.
Seb came on in the second half and that allowed Charles N’Zogbia to push up on the left, and the two young Frenchman seemed to play very well together – let’s give that combination a start on Wednesday.
We have to hope the team is in much better spirits and ready to fight, against a so far disappointing Tottenham side, and a win would give the lads a much needed confidence boost. Then on Saturday the game against Blackburn Rovers has to be a winnable game for Newcastle.
A good time to start getting the team out of a mess in the league – before we are in it too deeply.