Alan Shearer seemed more than pleased with the three he played at the back against Stoke City.
David Edgar – has never let Newcastle down
Of course Alan knew he had to combat the height and power of the big Stoke players , so he played Beye, Bassong, Edgar and Ameobi in the starting line-up, who are all over 6′ tall (Beye is supposedly 5ft 11.5ins tall just to make things difficult, but the others are way over 6′ tall).
Shearer said today:
“The three big lads – Sebastien Bassong, Habib Beye and David Edgar – more than matched (Ricardo) Fuller and (James) Beattie and not many teams can handle those two,”
“I thought we defended the aerial bombardment very well and, although I don’t like to single out individuals, I thought the back three were magnificent.”
“We demanded that they tried to push out and get that ball because that’s where our extra man was and they did that second-half.”
“We tried to move them around a little bit more rather than play the long ball and it worked and I thought we might have gone on to get the three points.”
While the three at the back all had good individual games, we’re not sure the lads were organized enough, and we were a little fortunate not to concede more goals. Of course it was Shola’s bad marking that let in Faye for the Stoke goal after 33 minutes, and Ameobi must have fallen asleep.
But having the lads play well was very good, and it was particularly pleasing to see youngster David Edgar have more than a solid game at the back for the Magpies, in his 22nd appearance for the side.
Every time this lad plays he gives his all for the club, and never lets the side down, and we have a sneaking suspicion if Alan stays beyond the summer, then David will get a new contract at Newcastle.