Alan Pardew is not blaming the make-shift center-backs for the defeat on Saturday.
Fab Coloccini – will definitely play on Saturday
And he points the finger at the general team display, which was just not good enough to get anything out of a game we would have been looking to have won with our best side out.
But it wasn’t the best side by any measure, and we had Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and Cheick Tiote all missing, and any one of those could have assisted the defense on Saturday, big time.
This is what Alan said about the game on Saturday:
“When you are under pressure you are going to concede set plays, we just had to do better at them.” “We should have been a bit more competitive when the ball was being delivered, regardless of our center-halves.”
“When a team is missing centre-halves, you incentivise your side to put delivery in and go and attack it.” “There was perhaps a little more venom in them at set plays.”
“Cheick Tioté has a very good chance and Colo certainly, we think he will be back. He was touch and go on Saturday but we could not risk him.” “We went down to ten men and we were still in the game.”
“We have a nice points tally but we hive come into a run against the top teams, and we have lost players through injury.” “We are just having one of those little injury runs and it is affecting us this year.”
As we said over the weekend, there’s nothing much wrong at Newcastle, that 3 points will not put right on Saturday afternoon.
And that’s even more true if we can get Mike Williamson back playing again, and if not on Saturday, then the next game, which is a home game against WBA on Saturday 17th December – KO 3:00 pm.
Both the next couple of games are at home and winnable.
Mike Williamson can do a job for Newcastle now that Steven Taylor is out injured fit the season, and if history is anything to go by, that’s just exactly what the 27 year-old 6’4″ center-back will do.