Sebastien Bassong – Emile Heskey Was Very Clever

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.

Bassong added:

“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.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far


    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #1

    What about givin Tozer a run out? Give him Jonas in front of him on the wing on the left side and on the other side place edgar on right back and pair him up with geremi in front of him. I think that could work.


    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #2

    If we do well and need a bit more offence, we could bring on Zoggy and put Jonas on the right wing (taking off geremi).

  • stk

    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #3

    1st! emile cheated, the ref helped him, and thats not sour grapes, thats just what can be seen

    the foul originated outside the box, wellllll outside!

  • Magpie forever

    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #4

    wil someone tell me y bassong didnt run ahead of heskey before he got into the box he slowed heskey down before the penalty area and cud easily have blocked him off.It shows lack of experience
    somebody reply to this message please !

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #5

    magpie forever

    ok i will reply

    yes it does show a lack of experience

    but you have to remember that he is inexperienced

    and i dont think that 1 mistake in however many games he has played is bad when you considder his age

    he will get better and learn from it which isall we can ask

    bassong imo is great and has potential to be 1 of the worlds top defenders(i hope i a mnot getting carried away)

  • kelvin

    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #6

    after watching it again on replay, must say im disgusted with the cheating dive of heskey, no way can a big man like him fall over from a slight tug. should never have been a penalty and he should have been booked for diving.

  • Craig

    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #7

    It makes you wonder what the linesman was actually flagging for. When you look at it again it could have went either way – it’s just two strong players fighting for the ball.

  • hisnameisjonas

    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #8

    heskey was offside and the foul should never ben given

  • ToonRich

    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Magpie Forever…having been at the match my first thought was that heskey must have fouled seb for the linesman to be waving his flag like mad!!
    I’ve seent he replays on MOTD this morning, and in reply to your question, I dont think bassong could get infront of emile because he also had seb at arms length tugging away…
    I dont think he’ll let that happen again 🙂

  • stk

    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #10

    now ive seen it again, im amazed, if there was a foul, its outside the box, coz theres only a dive in the penalty area….. disgraceful.

    see how that lost point influences the seasons outcome

    as for cattermole, what a dirty player, no attempt to win the challenge, just straight over habibs shin. needs retrospective punishment

  • Magpie forever

    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #11

    beye the great i do agree bassong has the potential to be a good defender i found it was funny how easily u can foul a ref these days to say a monster like heskey can fall down so easily by tugging his arm

  • ToonRich

    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #12

    What i find amazing is that heskey fell forwards as if he’d been pushed, where as if there ‘was’ a foul by seb, he was infact pulling him back! Disappointing to see an international standard player like emile cheating.

    The ref should seriously look at that, and the foul on andy carroll in the dying mins…the lad was taken out from behind, how can that be a dive??

  • nasher

    Dec 27, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #13

    bit off the subject, will charlie play left back tomorrow then??

    only choice i suppose

  • nightfall

    Dec 27, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #14

    stk – cattermole is a disgrace, BUT we have the same type of “player” on board – smith!

  • nightfall

    Dec 27, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #15

    i hope zog doesn’t play as LB…ffs give kadar a chance…everyone’s impressed with him..including JK..he said so..yet he doesn’t even have him on bench…

  • Magpie forever

    Dec 27, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Newcastle have to get rid of the following players
    Cacapa error prone
    Duff past it
    Carroll awkward terrible player
    Viduka cant run
    Xisco waster
    Gonzalez injured

  • fostino

    Dec 27, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #17

    bassong a top lad, he’s saying all the right things…..what a find

    if kinnear planning on putting nzogbia at the back, he should put jonas on the left wing to help out with defending and duff on the right!!

  • Spyro

    Dec 27, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Great comments from Bassong and the penalty was his first proper mistake in ages. I am really looking forward to his return.

    By the way, i am very happy that Beye will only be out for UP to 6 weeks, when i saw him holding his head on the stretcher i thought 3 months at least.

  • Spyro

    Dec 27, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #19

    By the way, does anyone else think that RB is Taylors’ proper position? He has been good almost everytime he has been asked to play there.


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