Newcastle started the game against Everton yesterday without Shola Ameobi, Cheick Tiote and Mike Williamson, but the ended the game with three more players injured.
Ryan Taylor – mobbed after great goal yesterday
Before the game early yesterday, Shola Ameobi had been interviewed and said he hoped to be be fit again from his hamstring injury for the visit to Manchester City in a couple of weeks time.
But during the game yesterday Newcastle lost star man Yohan Cabaye in the first half, with a groin strain, but he came off without playing on, and hopefully it’s not too bad.
Dan Gosling got a deserved run-out yesterday and did quite well, but in the second half both Sylvain Marveaux and Leon Best picked up injuries, and were replaced by Sammy Ameobi and Ben Arfa respectively.
Both did the job for Newcastle yesterday, with Sammy looking particularly good with a few good runs down the left wing, especially late in the game.
And the younger brother of Shola showed his promise once again, with those long, lanky legs of his – and he must be difficult for defenders to mark.
Leon Best’s wife is expecting a baby, and with his injury, manager Alan Pardew is wondering whether he will be given a day or two compassionate leave, before reporting to the Ireland squad, until his wife delivers:
” ‘Leon’s wife is imminent and they are in discussions.” “He is desperate to play, don’t get me wrong.”
“We have spoken to the manager and spoken to the medical team about maybe a bit of compassion in terms of him staying about today because she’s that close, so we will see.”
“Cabaye felt his groin, Best hurt his toe and groin and Sylvain did his groin as well” “When you get clipped like that, it opens up the groin. Two of them were identical kinds of injury. “
‘My guess is both those will miss the next game at] Manchester City, but we will have to wait and see.” “We are probably missing too many at the moment – no Cheik, no Obertan, no Sylvain, no Cabaye, no Shola.”
“We are a little bit down on numbers, so it would be nice to get a couple back for two weeks’ time.’
One good thing about the injury situation is that Shola has a good chance to be ready and Cheick Tiote should almost certainly return for the next game.
And with Danny Guthrie looking the part for the Magpies in the last three games, Tiote and Guthrie will be a good central midfield partnership until Yohan can return, probably for the game at Manchester United in three weeks time.
And Mike Williamson should be a lot closer to returning, and Newcastle have been exposed since he’s been out injured, because there’s only James Perch available should either the captain Coloccini or Steven Taylor be injured.
That situation should be remedied in the January transfer window, when Newcastle will bring in another center-back, and with the lads doing so well, three new players in January would be good to further strengthen the squad for the run-in to the season.
It was a difficult game yesterday, but once again Newcastle players worked their socks off for the cause, especially in that second half, and they got all 3 points.
Good teams find a way to win when they are having a bad time of it, and that’s exactly what Newcastle did yesterday, and that’s to their immense credit.
And Alan Pardew must have been as exhausted as the players at the final whistle, as he was cajoling his players on, and ensuring they kept their shape throughout the game.
But it was yet another win for Pardew and Newcastle, and the 50 year-old Londoner is fast becoming the talk of the Toon these days with the unbelievable start his Newcastle side have made this season.
Long may it continue.