Zurab Khizanishvili had a decent game at the back for Newcastle on Saturday, where he was partnered with Danny Simpson.
Zurab Khizanishvili – solid at the back on Saturday
Danny Simpson was played in a center-back role by Chris, in the absence of both Coloccini and Taylor, probably because the Manchester United player is such a good reader of a game, and makes good timely interceptions on plays, but his height and lack of heading ability can be a liability in central defense.
Hopefully Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor will both be back on Saturday, at home to Doncaster Rovers, and by then we have to hope we’ve put another 3 points on the board.
Zurab was disappointed at the result on Saturday – weren’t we all:
“We were all really disappointed.” “Before the game we spoke about how important this game was and the dangers that Forest have in their side.”
“We knew we needed to concentrate hard on those dangers.” “But for me and a few others after playing for the national teams, there was no freshness there.”
“That was a problem.” “In 90 minutes we didn’t really make a bad mistake.”
Zurab has been a good acquisition for the club, and he seems a steady safe defender at the back, and he did have a solid game on Saturday, and was one of the fer players awake in the first half – thank goodness.
Yet Khizanishvili believes that Newcastle must erase their problems and mistakes before tomorrow’s trip to lowly Scunthorpe United:
“I don’t know what happened, we need to look it over as a team and see.”
“It was just one mistake but it has cost us.” “We rallied and tried to come back in the second half but it wasn’t to be.”
“It would have been a boost to get in at half-time level.” “Conceding in the last minute is always a killer, whether it’s the first or second half.”
“If we’d have got in at 0-0 we would have the second half to go at them feeling that if we concede another it would be more or less game over.”
“Now we’re looking forward to Scunthorpe and hopefully bouncing back and getting three points.”
Scunthorpe will be full of confidence because of their 3-1 home win against Sheffield United on Saturday, probably their best result of the season so far.
But tomorrow night is a time for the Newcastle to take the game by the scruff of the neck, and prove once again to themselves and the Newcastle fans, that they are for real this season.
If they can do that surely 3 points will up on the board for us before the visit of Doncaster Rovers on Saturday – and another likely 3 points to boot.