Newcastle are facing a bit of an injury crisis through the end of the year, with Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini, two of Newcastle’s best players this season, both out injured.
The two managers on the sidelines Saturday
The next six weeks will be a big test of Alan Pardew’s management skills, and also a test of the so far magnificent Newcastle team sprint the lads have shown all season.
It was a bit of a disastrous game on Saturday, even though Newcastle could so easily have come away with a 1-1 draw, but once Steven Taylor picked up his Achilles injury after 88 minutes, Chelsea scored two more goals to put an unfair tilt to the scoreline.
If Steven had come through the game OK things would have looked a lot different today of course, and maybe it would have been just a 1-0 loss (or a 1-1 draw), which was more representative of the game.
But that didn’t happen of course, but it’s still only one game, so Newcastle just have to get on with it this week.
Alan Pardew was rightly disappointed after the game:
“There’s a big feeling of disappointment about this game. I felt there were a lot of positives to come out of it, with the team we ended up with at the end. We are really short of players. We go to Norwich and the next three games are winnable for us.”
“We’ve got to approach those, with the players we’ve got available and try and win them. And if we try and win them we could find ourselves back in the top four and that’s what we want to try and do.”
“The injuries are our biggest concern now as we look ahead. Steven’s is a bit of a worry, Colo has a thigh strain, we hope it doesn’t tear, so obviously we’ll have to scan them to find out how serious they are.”
“We’ve been a bit unfortunate in these three games, we’ve not had our best squad to pick, and yet I still look at my team and they’re competitive.”
These are the games coming up before Newcastle can really get in any reinforcements in the January transfer window:
December: Sat 10 15:00 A Norwich City Sat 17 15:00 H Swansea City Wed 21 19:45 H WBA Mon 26 15:00 A Bolton Fri 30 19:45 A Liverpool January: Wed 04 20:00 H Man Utd Sat 07 15:00 H Blackburn FA Cup
Normally the next four games would all be very winnable for Newcastle, but now with the injuries it will be a fight to get the points, although we’re sure that’s exactly what this team will do in every game – fight.
Most pundits have now written off Newcastle, as they see just how thin the squad really is, but that must be rectified to some extent in January, and we have to hope that the captain Coloccini is out for only a short while.
Once Coloccini is back at the center of defense we’ll be in much better shape, but until then the lads still have to try to get the wins.
And maybe we can get back into the top four before the end of the year if we surprise everybody and continue to fight above our weight?