Sebastien Bassong was a dejected man when he left the pitch yesterday, after the experienced Emile Heskey got Wigan a penalty and Sebastien sent off, all in one fall yesterday, in the second half.
Sebastien Bassong – still learning his trade
But Bassong should be able to learn from his mistake yesterday, and he certainly seems to have everything it takes to be a great center-back for Newcastle for years to come, if he can keep up his excellent form of this season.
The 22 year old Frenchman is disappointed about the sending off and told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“It was really disappointing, more disappointing for me because I was sent off.” “I think Emile Heskey was very clever.”“I did the wrong thing and that comes down to experience.”
“Both players were pulling away and there was a moment when I could have released my hand.”
“But we were both naturally fighting for the ball.” “I am a defender so I have to be cleverer in the future.”
“Yet by the same token, I have to try to win the ball, you can’t do nothing.”
Bassong has been one the bright spots for Newcastle this season, in which the defense is showing signs of being more than decent, with Bassong and Coloccini new players this season. But the lad’s still short of experience, which will only come from getting games on Tyneside.
“I am still learning, but I was still disappointed for the team.” “The team didn’t need that at that time and it hurts.”“It means I will miss the Liverpool game, and I didn’t want to do that, because it’s an important game.”
“But football can be like this, and I have to learn again and again.” “I am learning quicker than I thought.”
“When it was 1-0 there was a chance to get level.” “When I was sent off it became more difficult – but we still had chances again.”
“The team still wants to finish 2008 on a high against Liverpool.” “We have a chance because it is at home in front of our fans.”
Bassong looks to be a diamond in the rough for Newcastle, but after his terrific display at Chelsea, it looks like he will be a big miss tomorrow against Premier League leaders Liverpool.
It’s now up to Steven Taylor to show us what he can do against top opposition – a big chance for the local lad, and it may be an opportunity too for 21 year-old Canadian David Edgar, who hasn’t had a look in since Kinnear arrived at the club.