Beye Wants To See Consistent Back Four For Magpies

Habib Beye will be at right back on Sunday as Newcastle attempt to keep their 3rd clean sheet on the trot in away games, and if we can do that, we must stand a good chance of recording our first away win of the season.

Habib Beye – wants to see consistent back four for Newcastle

We are surprisingly not as sound in defense at home as we are away from home, and we all know we’ve conceded four goals, and dropped four points, in our  last two fixtures at St James’ Park against mediocre sides in Wigan and Stoke.

Beye talked to the Shields Gazette today, and said he wanted to see a consistent back four for Newcastle:

“We’ve had injuries this season and we haven’t played together as a back four,” “It’s hard when you must keep changing with injuries.” “If you look at Manchester United, they play the whole year almost with the same back four.”

“They have Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic and Brown every time. They know each other.” “That will help us pick up some results. If you want to be a good team, you have to keep the same defense.”

“It’s easy to change strikers or midfielders, but the back four is about and understanding.” “It’s hard, and we do have other good defenders, but you must train and work together.”

That’s exactly what Joe Kinnear wants too, as he talked about that in yesterday’s press conference, but of course we’ve had significant injuries to our squad again this season.

But there are 5 players who should be playing in the back four fairly consistently, and they are Beye, Taylor, Bassong, Coloccini and Enrique, and hopefully any four from those five should see some consistency at the back, as the lads get used to playing together.

We expect to see an unchanged defense for our game at Portsmouth on Sunday, even though they let themselves and the fans down last weekend.

That will mean another start on the bench for young Steven Taylor, who sill managed to look impressive at right-back in the second half against Stoke, producing one magnificent tackle in the box that saved an almost certain goal after 52 minutes.

However, we still expect the very impressive 22 year-old Sebastien Bassong to keep his starting position at center-back, and we need another game like he produced at Chelsea and Middlebrough, from the French youngster.

Don’t be surprised is he is the Man of The Match again come Sunday evening.
Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Partizan

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Beye….Just play the bloody game will ya and stop talking about consistency,i’ve been listening to this crap about consistency every time and nothing is changed.

    Same s..t,different package.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s the midfield that will decide whether we get another clean sheet or not, as we saw at Stoke. No back four can do their job if the ball can pass from end to end unchallenged.

    As for injuries, you have to acknowledge the one thing Sam Allerdyce did brilliantly was getting us from the top of the injury league to the bottom. Just a few weeks after he’d gone, we were back up there and have been ever since.

    We should acknowledge that and put back in some of the (admittedly huge) backroom team and practices he introduced. Collectively it probably cost a lot less than one decent player – and we’ve usually got at least four of them out from injury. It’s a no-brainer financially.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #3

    well joe kinnear is apparentley pessamistic over leepin owen(nothing we dont already know)

    also the mackem mover is 7-4 to beat the geordie dancer – things just keep gettin worse

  • The Entertainers

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #4

    I think we would all like to see consistancy.

    But only when we get a decent back 4!

    Beye Colo Bassong ?????

    Maybe then we can talk about a consistant back 4

  • Stardust

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Seems like a shot at Taylors involvement in a previously (before Stoke) perfectly good back 4

  • John

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #6

    I think Stardust is right. Taylor is not consistent and gets out of position too many times which in turn puts the entire defence under pressure. The back 4 has to be Beye, Collo, Bassong and Enrique. Don’t change that formation Joe – you know it works.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Taylor is poor.



  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 12, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #8

    The Man Utd defence is good in its own right, but also have an extremely good midfield playing in front of them; i.e. many defences would look good with so many world class performers in front of them.

    Our midfield are all too often non-existent but still we continually criticise the back-four. The back four of Beye-Colo-Basson-Enrique is decent and have young Taylor as cover, but that’s about it for the first team squad.

    Central midfield needs major improvement as the likes of Guthrie, Butt, Barton, Gonzalos, etc are/were injured and Geremi can’t last a full 90 minutes these days!

    Hoping we have Guthrie and Butt back this weekend and gain something from the Pompey game.


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