Joe Kinnear has rightly praised the heart of the Newcastle defense, where both Fabricio Coloccini and Sebastien Bassong had very good games this afternoon.
Bassong – yet another solid game from the young Frenchman
It was almost as if the defense went out of it’s way today to get that clean sheet we had hoped for last week, when we were two goals up at home.
But the promising thing today is that the lads may well have learned a valuable lesson from last week and Joe has drummed the words consistency and resilience into them this week, and that’s the kind of defending they served up today. We looked more than a decent side in the second half.
Yes, they had some luck in the first half and the first 20 minutes or so of the second half, but at the end the Portsmouth team had almost given up, simply because they could get no change out of our defense.
The 4th clean sheet in just 7 games, and we may all have to get used to having a good defense at Newcastle – now who would have ever thought that? 😀
After the game Joe praised our two central defenders:
“We were very professional on the day and gave nothing away.“”
“You have to give credit to our two center halves Bassong and Coloccini because I thought they handled them (Defoe and Crouch) very well.”
“Colo was his normal self today while Bassong has got better and better as the weeks have progressed.” “He is learning his trade and he is growing in confidence.”
“The way they played was one of lots of plusses from the game.””
And let’s not forget Jose Enrique, who is now starting to get better with every game, and probably had his best game of the season this afternoon, especially in the second half. This lad is a true fighter.
In fact it was a great team performance all arounbd, and it’s hard to think of any player who played badly today, and that’s what we just love to see.
Well done lads.