Alan Shearer produced a surprise on Saturday as with Jose Enrique, our only specialist left-back injured, he elected to play just three at the back, in a rarely used 3-5-2 formation.
David Edgar – had fine game for Newcastle at Stoke
It seemed to work well, and certainly Beye, Bassong and David Edgar all had strong games at the back for Newcastle on Saturday, but in the first half it looked like there was just too much space, that a better team could exploit.
However, it appears that Alan Shearer was delighted with his 3-5-2 formation that helped to keep the in-form James Beattie and Ricardo Fuller at bay.
Alan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We haven’t got a left-back without Jose Enrique. That’s one of the reasons. I know Damien could have played there, and he did a great job in the wing-back position there.”
“We just felt that with the strength Stoke had with Beattie and Fuller, we’d put the three lads in there, and I think it worked very well.”
“It might be a different system we go with next Sunday at Spurs.” “For this particular occasion I felt it was right to leave one or two out and bring others in, and the lads who came in did a fantastic job.”
We don’t necessarily think Alan will keep this formation but he will play each game with horses for courses. Hopefully Jose will be back for the next home game, against Portsmouth, and maybe even earlier than that.
He’ll look at the opposition and see what the best side, and the most appropriate formation is for Newcastle to win the game.
But we’d like to see a more attacking formation 4-3-3, against the weaker teams, and at home, as we just have to go for the 3 points, because we all know now that draws will not be enough to save us.