Shay Given gave another experienced display in Newcastle’s goal on Saturday to keep a second clean sheet in a row, and having watched the full game again yesterday, Joe has the team very well organized and each player seems to know exactly what his job is – it was another very good team display, but we were a little weak in attack.
Shay Given – Bassong was brilliant last two games
However Shay still believes the squad is too small and if we get injuries and suspensions, which are bound to happen, we’ll again be hit in the new year, unless we strengthen in January.
Shay told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“We’ve come out of the relegation zone and that’s something I suppose. It’s some consolation that we’re above Sunderland now,”
“We know it’s going to be a long, hard season – we’ve got to accept that and get on with it. We’re down there with 10 or 11 teams – it’s a very tight division and seeing yourself in the bottom three isn’t a nice feeling.”
“It’s good that the manager situation is sorted out now. There was a bit of uncertainty, maybe – we didn’t know whether he was here for a week, a month.”
“At least we know he’s here until the end of the season and we can put those kind of queries to bed.” “Hopefully he can bring in a couple of new players in January now as well.”
“We need to bring a few in – it’s important that we strengthen I think. We haven’t got the biggest squad.”
We’re a little surprised at just how much the players seem delighted that Joe is manager now for the season. It must have been unsettling for them to know that a new manager could be coming in at any time, and the fact Joe is now there will help to settle the lads down a bit.
Seb Bassong had another top class game, and he was like a man mountain in the center of the Newcastle defense, and he has certainly looked the part these last two games, that’s for sure.
Not to mention Argentine Fabricio Coloccini who is slowly getting better and better and putting in some excellent performances too.
Shay talked about Seb:
“Sebastien Bassong has come on hugely. He was brilliant at Chelsea and brilliant against Middlesbrough,”
Newcastle have condemned the actions of supporters who sang Islamic chants at Middlesbrough substitute Mido.
Hey, people are all the same whatever color or creed they may be – we’re all in this together, and beneath it all, we’re all very much alike.
Let’s not tarnish the still great name of our club.
Howay The Lads.