Joe Kinnear was no doubt disappointed with the officiating yesterday, but our defense was poor to say the least, and Claudio Cacapa had a bit of a nightmare game at the back, for someone who is so experienced.
Claudio Cacapa – another poor display for the Magpies
Joe talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning about our defensive performance:
“There wasn’t any danger with the first goal,” “If Caçapa just ducks, it’ll go straight through to the goalkeeper. But he stoops to head it, heads it against Coloccini and it bounces straight to them and goes in the net.”“They haven’t done anything for either goal – they were both down to errors on our part. Taylor pulled out at the last minute, and there was a question of whether I should have played Beye there (at center-half).”
“If Taylor had been playing, he would have put that first ball out of the ground. It’s as simple as that. It’s down to decision making. Caçapa hasn’t played for a little while and maybe that told.”
“Bassong was carrying an injury. We had to bring him down with us, but we weren’t really sure whether to get him involved. Everything seemed to conspire against us in the last two games as far as team selection is concerned.”
Kinnear could have played Basssong at center-back, where he’s performed solidly when played there, which is his favorite position. But it seems he had taken a knock, and wasn’t 100%, although he was still on the bench yesterday.
If Joe is still here in January, he may need to go after another center-back, although David Edgar was also available and has done the job in the past when asked, and as Joe says above, Beye could also have been played at center-back.
Oh well, just when we thought we may be going somewhere, one of the wheels came off.