One of our four stalwarts in defense recently has been Senegal International Habib Beye, the former Marseilles captain.
Habib Beye – wants more clean sheets
Habib told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle:
“It was important for us to keep the clean sheet. We kept clean sheets against Middlesbrough and Chelsea and then we conceded two goals against Stoke City.”
“We wanted to come back from that and keep a clean sheet. We did that and scored three goals, which was a good effort.”
“It was the first away win this season and winning away against Portsmouth is very good for us.”
“Before the game, we were 18th in the table, and now we are 14th, and it’s better to see Newcastle in this position in the league.”
Steven Taylor is currently on the bench and will have to keep fighting to get back into the team, although when he came on in the second half at right-back against Stoke City, he was very solid indeed, and made one brilliant tackle, that seemed to save a certain goal.
Indeed Steven may have to fight Habib for the right back position, if he cannot budge Coloccini or Bassong from the central defense, since both of them are playing excellently right now.
Taylor seems willing to do that, because he realizes it will only be good for him, and he realizes he must play even better once he gets back into the side. Competition for positions never hurt anybody, as long as the team spirit is there, and Joe Kinnear has all the lads working and playing well together. That’s the sign of a successful club, after all.
The current back four seem to be able to communicate just fine, despite being made up of players from four different countries in Senegal, Argentina, France and Spain.
“You have some Spanish-speaking players, Colo is from Argentina, Sebastien and I speak French, but we speak English and try to have a good communication.”
“It’s very important to talk, though, both on and off the field.” “It’s very important for us as a team to work very hard and have a good communication between us.”
“If we have a good defense and keep a clean sheet every time, you can win every game.” “The manager works very hard every day to have a good team and we are showing our quality.”
The recent performances of our defense have been really appreciated by Newcastle fans, as we try to get used to actually having a good defense and being able to keep clean sheets. We always thought they were things you slept on, if you were lucky – until recently when Newcastle didn’t concede any goals. 😀
The lads have 3 clean sheets in their last 4 games, and if we can keep another one tomorrow against Spurs, the likelihood is that we can also capture another three very valuable points.
Then we can all enjoy Xmas – that’s would be an absolute certainty, and we could even look forward to taking Wigan and Liverpool apart in our next two games – whoops, getting carried away again.