Newcastle legend and former Newcastle captain and center-back Bobby Moncur knows a little about defending, especially in central defense.
Bobby Moncur talked today in his regular Newcastle Evening Chronicle weekly gig, and he has been very impressed with the Newcastle United defense recently:
Bobby told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Not so long ago we were saying that United were crying out for central defenders.” “Now they have three very decent ones in Bassong, Coloccini and young Taylor.”
“Taylor is a player I rate, but he now finds himself sitting on the bench and he will have to fight his way back in.”
“The back four is looking really settled these days and I must single out Jose Enrique, who did very well at Portsmouth, including playing the biggest part in making the second goal for Obafemi Martins.”
“I have always felt Habib Beye was a class player, and when I first clapped eyes on Bassong I thought he was not a bad player at all.”
“What was particularly pleasing was that Joe Kinnear quickly realized Portsmouth were not looking so clever and the three points were there for the taking.”
“Sometimes teams sit back away from home, but there was none of that from United on Sunday and they gained their reward.”
“As a result, United have now picked up five points from their last three away games at Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Portsmouth.”
“Looking at the substitutes’ bench at Portsmouth with the likes of Mark Viduka, Taylor, Cacapa, Damien Duff, Shola Ameobi and Geremi, as well as Steve Harper, things can only get better.”
“Not that I am going to predict anything. Apart from when you go in against any of the so-called top four, it is almost impossible to predict any results these days.”
“When the fixtures came out Spurs at home would have been considered a tough game, but after Sunday you have to fancy Newcastle’s chances.”
Bobby’s right not to try to predict anything, especially about Newcastle.
Unfortunately if Newcastle keep with their pattern, then a great performance like the one they gave last Sunday at Portsmouth will be followed by a disappointing one at home to the improving Spurs side, under new manager Harry Redknapp.
That’s one thing Joe Kinnear will know all about, and that’s his big challenge at the club, through the end of the season.
Joe needs to get Newcastle to give consistent performances, and have our defense remain resilient which we have never been for years and years. That’s what good teams like the top four in England do week in, week out.
It’s a very tough task for Joe, but if he can become successful, we’ll have a really good side on Tyneside once again, and we just love the way Joe wants to win every single game – just like Kevin Keegan before him.
We can only hope for the very best, and keep giving Joe and his players our 100% support, that’s the very least we can do in these difficult times for our club.