Danny Simpson and James Perch deputised in central defense for the Magpies at Carrow Road yesterday.
Danny Simpson tussles with Grant Holt yesterday in a losing cause
And it should be a long long time before we see those two in central defense again for Newcastle, if we are to become a really good side in the future.
That’s no disgrace to James and Danny in that statement, but they are simply not top class central defedners but rather were forced there because of the skelton natire of the Newcatsle squad.
They were the best Newcastle could muster after Steven Taylor, Mike Williaosm and Fab Coloccini were all out injured yesterday.
The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had this to say to nufcTV immediately following the match:
“Whatever side you pick as Newcastle manager you don’t expect to concede three set plays, and that has cost us today,”
“We knew a clean sheet might have been beyond us with the personnel we had available, so we had to threaten their goal, which we did all day today. And two goals should be enough to take something away from here.”
“They are buoyed by the fact that we haven’t got our two first-choice centre-backs, and three missing in total.” “Any team in the Premier League is going to struggle with that, even Manchester United if they had Vidic, Ferdinand and Smalling out of the side.”
“It’s never going to be quite the same, even though there were a couple of periods where I thought we were in a good position, but the sending-off altered it all completely of course,”
“That was a real shame because at that point we were really in the game.” “Gosling has put himself at risk because he is late. He’s not gone to hurt the player, there’s no way of that. It’s not studs up to make a mark on him. He’s just late and maybe a bit naive there.”
Dan Gosling will now miss the next three games after picking up his red card, and Pardew may now have to think of using top 19 year-olds Haris Vuckic and Mehdi Abeid in the next three games.
But the good news should be that Cheick Tiote will be back next Saturday.
But the news in the Sunday papers today is that he will move to Chelsea for £25M in January, but the London side will need to fight it out with Manchester United first.
Will we keep losing our best players in each transfer window?