There’s a lot of second guessing about whether Kinnear should have played Seb Bassong, or even Habib Beye, at center-back instead of Cacapa, who played very poorly, but it’s so easy in retrospect, when you look back at what happened.
Steven Taylor – was ruled out of game with sore groin
And Joe revealed today that he and the Newcastle staff think Cacapa is the better player of the two.
Joe talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“I wouldn’t have said I would have done things differently, because I sat down with everybody concerned and the options weren’t there.”
“I wanted Taylor to play – there’s no doubt about that. We left it until as late as possible to put him in the side, but he pulled out.” “He was still feeling his groin, and we had to make a decision.”
“I know there’s Bassong, but it’s easy to say that after the event.” “We feel amongst ourselves that Cacapa is the better player of the two, but he didn’t have an exceptionally good game, and the first goal was an error on his part.”
Kinnear says that Cacapa was fouled before Coloccini gave away the penalty in the 65th minute, but that was only one of many incidents that happened, with Newcastle giving away both goals, and Shola’s goal clearly offside.
And the faithful Newcastle supporters couldn’t quite understand why Jonas was substituted for Michael Owen, and maybe Damien Diuff would have been the player to replace.
Joe continued and talked about Jonas:
“He did all right. We just wanted to get all three strikers on and go 4-3-3, with Damien Duff breaking in there.”
“I thought Gutierrez played in and out. A lot of times he lost possession instead of playing the ball early.”
Joe’s right there in that Jonas didn’t have one of his best games for the club. Newcastle are showing some good and even conistent form at home, which is why we think we’ll beat Wigan Athletic next Saturday, but our away form is poor to say the least, and it’s now 9 league games without a win, away from home.
We’re not sure we can change that much at Chelsea a week on Saturday, after which we may know what will happen to the club, and that would be good.