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.