We heard yesterday that Newcastle’s appeal against Bassong’s red card, against Fulham, was turned down.
Steven Taylor – club needs massive game from the local lad on Sunday
A statement from the FA, regarding the Basssong appeal, read as follows:
“A claim for wrongful dismissal by Newcastle United defender Sebastien Bassong was rejected.”
“Bassong was sent off for denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity.”
“His two-match suspension, due to it being his second dismissal of the season, begins with immediate effect.”
That’s hardly a huge blow, because nobody really expected the FA to turn it around, especially when Alan said aftyer the game, he thought the sending off was probably right.
That means David Edgar and Fabricio Coloccini will porbabaly fight it out for a place in central defence, but we also think both may play, because Habib Beye is doubtful.
Dowie told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“Sebastien’s disappointed. We believed (Diomansy) Kamara was going away from goal, and not in an obvious goalscoring position, so we appealed. ” “He was about 40 or 50 metres from goal, but we just have to get on with it.”
“Habib has been outstanding for us, and it will be a big blow if he doesn’t make it. It will very much go down to the wire, and it will be a 50-50 decision.” “His attitude is spot on, and he’s doing everything he can to play. If it’s humanly possible, he’ll be there.”
“But we’re not going to damage the lad. If he’s fit, then great, but we must protect his long-term future.”
That’s better news on Habib, who will be on the filed on Sunday, if at all possible, becasue here’s one non local player who shows commitment, class and fighting spirit for the team.
If other players only showed that same commitment we’d hardly be in the desperate trouble we are in right now.
Iain Dowie thinks Steven Taylor could be a big player for us on Sunday:
“He’s been out for a while, but has come back and put in two very good displays. He understands what the Geordie faithful expect.”
“There could be a lot of responsibility on his shoulders, but he will relish that.” “It’s very important we play with composure and discipline, and we also want desire and hunger.”
Steven Taylor had a mediocere first part of the season, but in the last three months, when it’s mattered, he’s come into his own, and not only played extremely well, but shown the 100% commitment he has for his himetown club.
Steven was born in Greenwich, but when he was just 2 weeks old, his Geordie parents brought him to Whitley Bay, and only this week boss-man Shearer said he is a possible future captain of the club, if he keeps improving, which Alan says the lad is determined to do.
He will be a lot better captain than the current occupant, that’s for sure, as Michael Owen has shown no leadership at all in these drastic times. We know all about real leadership, and Michael was not born with that particular characteristic, unlike his current manager, who exudes leadership.
You justy have to listen to Alan talk about Newcastle United, and you can see the leadership that exudes from the man.
Steven Taylor may have to do it all on Sunday. He will be the main man in defense with Sebastien being out, and he may have to get the Newcastle goals from corners, as he did against Middlesbrough.
For the sake of everybody connected with the Newcastle club, we have to hope that Steven has the game of his life for Newcastle on Sunday.
We’ll need several of our players to do just that, if we are to survive, and not be a Championship club come Sunday evening.