We have some comments and insights on the game yesterday at Leicester City.
Danny Guthire – play this lad in central midfield
Her are some observations on yesterday’s game:
- Newcastle looked like the Russian National sides of the 1970s and 1980s. They were well drilled, did everything right and by the book – but they had not the slightest bit of creativity in the side – and boy did it show yesterday.
- The defense is good, and Harper comes up with the saves when it mattered – but what was he doing when he rolled the vall out to the right in the second half and gave Leicester a golden opportunity to score – which they missed badly.
- Coloccini and Williamson looked good together once again, and Williamnson’s heading prowess combines well with Coloccini’s savvy reading of the game. They looked good and Williamson to us looks like a great signing for the club. His concentration yesterday was first class and he’s a big lad to be sure.
- Didn’t Patrick van Aanholt look good as the game progressed? What a player this lad promises to be.
And it’s a pity he’s at Chelsea, since they are never going to let him go anywhere – not yet anyway. We should hope that Patrick likes it at Newcastle, because in the future we may be able to attract the lad to Tyneside, if he doesn’t make it at the London club.
- Chris should make it a rule never to play Smith and Butt in the same side. That’s taking defending to a new extreme, and neither player has any creative ability – that’s why they are defensive midfielders.
- Chris could do a lot worse than start Danny Guthrie in central midfield, since in no way is this boy a winger. He instinctively moves inside once he gets the ball.
It reminds us of how ineffectual Gary Speed was when he was played on the wing – when he first arrived at Newcastle in 1998. Gary was never a winger and proved it – just like Danny is proving that now – play the lad in his real position.
- Wayne Routledge only showed briefly yesterday, and in training this week there will need to be some working with the lad to see which balls he likes played to him.
We have to use this lad’s speed – which he undoubtedly has. We need to be patient with Wayne as he can acclimatize to the club and his confidence needs to remain high.
- Up front we were awful yesterday – and we need another striker to give us some variation. Ameobi, Carroll and Ranger are much of a sameness, although Nile does have good speed – but we shouldn’t be relying on an 18 year-old to get us promoted.
On current form and given their experience Ameobi and Lovenkrands look to be the best bet to start the games – Lovenkrands must start on Friday night against Cardiff City.
These are just some of our thoughts after yesterdfau’s game, but we are interested to hear from you.
What did you make of the game yesterday?
And what should Chris and our coaches have learned from the game?
Let us know your thoughts – we may need to set up a conference call with gaffer Hughton before Friday. 😀
Comments always welcome.