Alan Pardew complained about all of Newcastle’s injuries yesterday, as the prime reason Newcastle were beaten.
Joey Barton – in action yesterday
And if that wasn’t enough, then the free kick from which Aston Villa scored their only goal, shouldn’t have been given.
There’s no doubt that Newcastle were missing key players yesterday, and two of them because of their own actions on the pitch.
Club captain Kevin Nolan and Cheick Tiote, were both suspended recently for two games, following picking up their 10th yellow cards for the season.
And discipline has not been good this year at the club, with Coloccini, Williamson, Tiote, Barton and Ryan Taylor all getting three game suspensions, in addition to the two game suspensions recently dished out to Nolan and Tiote.
Thankfully Tiote will be back for the next game against Manchester United a week tomorrow, and Stephen Ireland should also be available, and we have to hope Shola Ameobi doesn’t turn up for the game crocked again – as he was badly missed yesterday.
Ameobi will have some scans on his swollen knee today, and if it serious then Newcastle could be in trouble with Best and Ameobi both out, after losing Carroll in January and not replacing him – and no wonder Pardew was really worried about the loss of Carroll on January 31st – he should be.
Youngsters Michael Richardson, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Donaldson and James Tavernier were all on the bench and ion total they have around 15 appearances between them for the Newcastle first team, although they are all very promising youngsters too.
Alan talked about the strength of his squad, and he needs t x it in the summer, assuming no catastrophes happen and Newcastle retain their PL status:
“I don’t want to harp on that but I feel it’s something to look at because we don’t want to be in this position next year,”
“The squad looks small and it counted. We needed senior players to come off the bench and affect the game.” “We weren’t playing particularly well, but I didn’t have a great deal of options.”
“They could bring on Robert Pires, Nigel Reo-Coker and people like that. That’s what we should be bringing on. That was costly for us.”
Newcastle now need to bring in at least six good players in the summer, and if the news is really true that Enrique is on his way to Liverpool – so be it – and Newcastle will then need seven good players brought in.
It’s a worry that Enrique may be on his way in the summer, because Joey Barton is none too certain about staying.
And unfortunately he seems to have verbal diarrhea at the moment, as he continued his talking on the field yesterday, and seemed to more than once be asking the referee to book him.
Hopefully Pardew will whisper in the Liverpudlian’s ear that he needs to cut down on the number of interviews he gives in the press this week.
It was a poor performance yesterday, and an even worse result, and if Newcastle are going to get a decent number of points from their last 6 league, the team will need to do a lot better than they did yesterday.