Alan Pardew is obviously getting questions about why he ever played Jose Enrique, when the Spaniard last only 22 minutes on Saturday.
Jose Enrique – just wants to play – every game!
In the fitness test he had just before the game, it seems like Jose convinced everybody he was fit to play, and he certainly looked OK at the start, until of course his hamstring tightened fairly quickly.
This is what Alan said today:
“Our medical team were apprehensive about whether he could make the team, but José was very very confident,”“That swayed my decision because he is such a good player.”
“I didn’t want to think that I was protecting this performance because we have important games at home. I wanted to win the game at Stoke.”
“So I played what I thought was my best team and obviously he was part of that. We think we have taken him off in time. He is quite sensible.”
“He has had this injury before and he felt it was just tightening. So, without putting him at risk in terms of tightening and pulling, we took him off.”
It seems that Jose convinced everybody he was fit, but he’s probably one of those players who just wants to play every game, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but he’s come back too early before from his hamstring pulls.
But Alan Pardew will now know if Jose says he’s fully fit – that may not always be the case. 😀
It does seem that as soon as Jose felt the hamstring tightening he came off, which as Alan says was very sensible, because hopefully he has not made the injury much worse – we hope he has not made the injury worse.
When we have class in the side like Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique, we’re just too good for many of the sides at the lower end of the table, and hopefully if we have all three of them playing against Wolves, we can win that game, and others games too against teams fighting relegation.
But Saturday did at least provide Shane Ferguson a platform to show he’s one of the brightest prospects at the club with a performance that was excellent for one so young. You talk about taking your chances when they are offered.
And he was easily Newcastle’s best player, but with Joey Barton also taking the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half, and looking very good too.
I just hope the club are not going to let Joey go in the summer, he’s become one of the best central midfielders in England this season, and we would be absolutely stupid to let this player leave Newcastle.
Alan Pardew believes Newcastle’s lack of activity recently – just two games in three weeks – cost Newcastle on Saturday, but it’s our own fault that we have such few games, because we lost in the FA Cup in the very first round we competed in, and to a side way down the leagues in Stevenage.
“I honestly feel that played a factor against Stoke. We hadn’t had a game for 14 days and they had just played a quarter-final. We lost concentration and that period cost us.”
“We can’t afford to do that and now we have a fortnight with no game and people going all over the place with the internationals – I don’t even know where they are going to.”
“We have to get that all sorted and make sure we have everyone around us in the build up to the Wolves game. We might not have some of them back until that Thursday.” “It is a crucial time for us to be right for the Wolves game, they had a great victory over the weekend.”
It’s never worth making too many excuses when you lose, because that’s not taking full responsibility for the poor result.
But the lads did lose concentration, and maybe they need a few practice games in the next couple of weeks to sharpen up – but no more injuries please.
It’s going to be a long wait for the Wolves game, but surely the lads will not let the fans down for the third game in a row.
We certainly hope not.