David Edgar May Get Chance Against Portsmouth


Not only did we come away from White Hart Lane yesterday, with no points and one goal worse off in terms of goal difference, but also Steven Taylor had a recurrence of his ankle injury, after putting in a good shift of 45 minutes in the first half.

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Steven Taylor – ankle injury played up again

Taylor’s injury is yet another blow for manager Shearer, but he has hopes of getting Spaniard Jose Enrique back for the Portsmouth game, which is really a MUST WIN game – and we can forget about all the other ones we have had this season – this one really is a must-win game for the club.

Alan talked about the Taylor injury this morning:

“It’s Steven Taylor’s ankle. He trained for two or three days with no reaction, and I just felt it was right to put him in.” “But he’s felt it again.”

“Hopefully, Jose Enrique will be training Wednesday or Thursday.” “If everything goes well with him, we might have him available for Portsmouth.”

The 23-year-old had started in a three-man defense, and ended the half at left-back. Steven was then replaced for the second-half by Alan Smith, who was decent and Damien Duff dropped back into defense, where he was up against winger Aaron Lennon, and Damien put in a good shift yesterday for the side.

If Steven doesn’t make it for the Portsmouth game we do have 21 year-old David Edgar, who can play either in the center of defense or as a full back. Quite honestly, we’d like to see him paired with Bassong at the back, as the two of them could make a decent central defense for Newcastle.

We know one thing, David will not let us down, that’s for sure, and Coloccini could also be fit for that game, if Alan wants to risk him at the back.

Comments very welcome.



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10 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #1

    We do know that if Edgar plays he will not let the team down. We need to beat Pompey obviously but what with? We must include from the start Martins, Guthrie, hopefully Enrique and Barton. But please Al look at reality – we are not going anywhere if you insist on relying on the likes of Nolan, Ryan Taylor, Butt and Smith. Viduka and Martins alongside each other should show you something surely. We keep being told that Owen is going to start scoring. When? How? Why?

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  • Davies

    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #2

    I really liked Colo, but he’s been clumbsy and the Sideshow Bob remarks haven’t been entirely undeserved. Shame, he started so well.

    Edgard always puts in a good shift when he plays for us and I’m surprised we don’t see more of him. It would be nice to see a back line made up of; Beye, Edgar, Basson and Enrique. I think that would hold up pretty well.

    On a different note, I think our midfield would benefit from being three man (Jonas, Barton and Duff would get a thumbs up for me, though Jonas linked well with Enrique on the left!), then Lovenkrands could play in the hole behind Martins and Viduka, or Ranger and Caroll, or any combination of those forwards. Even Michael Owen could fit in there.

    What I don’t understand is this; why do none of our team look that bothered?

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Ericles – I lost count of how many interviews Ive read with various people going on about how MO will rescue we and find his form.

    We need more supply and better finishing.

    Tayls played excellent in the first half at times and blocked some crosses etc. Beye was again on top form.

    Long week to lick we wounds lads.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Davies – dare I say they dont look bothered as they know that once the season is over they will be off and cash in elsewhere in the prem.

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  • Black White EYES

    Apr 20, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #5

    David Edger is better than s.Taylor anyway, I’d be starting with…..

    ————-Harper————-
    Beye–Edger–Bassong–Duff
    –Jonas–Smith–R. Taylor–
    —–Carroll—–Martins——
    ————-Viduka————-
    we need dukes up front to hold up the ball, lay it off to carroll and martins, we need the whole team playing football, along the ground, going foward, not backwards or out of play!!! We need to sit Butt, owen, nolan on the bench they are not giving 100%…and at this time of the season or survival we need players giving 3000% ….we should have Ranger on the bench and give him a crack after 50-60…..we need to give him time, or start him in place of Martins or carroll, but we need a old fashioned center foward to hold the ball up and lay it off….he’s no Alan Shearer but he is better than Ameobi, owen, butt, nolan…omg we have some talent on paper but has beens when you see the way they perform!!!!!!!!!!!!

    COME ON LADS!! HEART, FIGHT, SPIRIT!!!!

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  • Micky Toon

    Apr 20, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Well, Shearer’s tried just about every over formation, so why not go 4-3-3?

    3-5-2 at spurs was never going to work with our lot. Fair play for trying it though, very attack minded, but we need better players than we currently have for it to work.

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  • mohtools

    Apr 20, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Beye and Bassong in the middle Edger and Enrique on the sides?

    G. Johnson will give us a hard time on the left side. I do hope that Enrique will be fit for that game if not I hope Duff is ready.

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  • PaceOba

    Apr 20, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #8

    We need big man. Why we not used Cacapa anymore? He is clever and great header to even he slow.

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  • davis_toons

    Apr 21, 2009 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Black White EYES // Apr 20, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Do agreed with you, but i have doubt in R. Taylor. (Can we suggest someone eles, cause along side him was smith and he is aldy a no skill player)

    D.Edger is a nice hardworking player decent lad, but you can see sometime he is out of position when doing a defensive cover.

    He need someone with experience and skill along side him and tats H.Beye.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 21, 2009 at 10:46 AM

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