Jose Enrique will have medical tests today to ascertain the extent of the damage to his suspected hamstring problem, but we’d be surprised if he’s available for the Stoke City game.
Alan Pardew – worries about Jose Enrique
Alan Pardew talked about Jose today:
“We’ll wait and see with Jose.” “He’s a key player for us, and that injury affected us more than any other one.”
“I just didn’t think we had enough of our quality players available, and even Nile was missing.”
To be honest we are not expecting it to be good news on Jose Enrique today, and it will be interesting to see who Alan plays at left back if Jose is not available for the game at Stoke.
He could play Steven Taylor and Danny Simpson as the full backs, or draft in young Shane Ferguson, who looked good in the second half on Saturday, when he got on.
If Jonas Gutierrez is also missing we’d love to see young Ferguson get a run-out on the left wing, because he’s shown us before, that he’s an excellent young player, and can cross a ball well.
Alan Pardew thought the free kick that Everton scored their winning goal from last Saturday was a bit soft, but the Newcastle defending for that goal was even softer – it was a little diabolical to be honest.
This is what Alan said today:
“I thought it was a soft free-kick for the second goal. I thought Arteta played for it.”
“There were a couple of challenges that were missed, and the right back, Tony Hibbert when he fouled Cheick Tiote, was lucky to stay on the pitch.”
“There were a few key incidents, and there wasn’t much in the equalizing goal.”
The Newcastle defending for both Everton goals was not good, but after watching Manchester United fall three goals behind Liverpool yesterday, their defending was a lot worse.
And that’s three defeats in the last five Premier League games for the Red Devils, who previously had been unbeaten in the league this season.
So we have to keep things in perceptive, it wasn’t a good day for Newcastle last Saturday, but hopefully we’ll have a strong side out against Stoke City.
We’ll have to get at least a point from that game, against a side who are again below us in the Premier League.