James Perch could well start his second game in a row for Newcastle tomorrow afternoon at St. James’ Park, when Swansea are the visitors.
James Perch – in action at Carrow Road last Saturday
James played at center-back last Saturday at Norwich City, and partnered Danny Simpson in central defense.
But Newcastle did not look strong, especially in the air and Norwich got all their four goals from crosses into the box, that Newcastle players failed to head away to safety.
We were hoping that it may be a little easier for James tomorrow, with Fabricio Coloccini back in the starting line-up, but manager Pardew says the Argentine is still a doubt for tomorrow’s game and only 50-50 – and that’s hardly good news.
And there must be little hope that Mike Williamson will even be considered to start the game tomorrow, even though he played 45 minutes for the Reserves against Bolton on Tuesday, and came through the game very well.
This is what James Perch said on the Newcastle web-site today:
“You are always going to have a period where you go through a bad patch in terms of injuries and get a few coming all together at the same time,”
“That’s what’s happened to us, and it’s just been unfortunate that we haven’t picked up the results as well.” “It’s just business as normal though – there’s nothing to panic about at all.”
“We have still had a good start to the season, regardless of the recent results, and we are all looking forward to the game against Swansea.”
“Swansea are more of a footballing side who like to keep possession. They attack quickly and it will be very different to the Norwich game.”
At Norwich, Perch made his first start for the Newcastle first team in almost a year, as he has been frozen out of the right-back spot by the improving Danny Simpson.
If Colo doesn’t make it tomorrow we have no idea who will partner Perch in central defense, but surely not Simpson again, because there is just not enough height or heading ability between the two of them.
However, James was very pleased to get a run-out last Saturday:
“It was brilliant,” “It came through bad circumstances, with Colo and Tayls getting injured, but I had to play and it good opening for me.”
“I now need to build on my performances week after week and try to make a place for myself in the team.”
Unfortunately Newcastle were hammered 4-2 in a game we would normally have been expected to get at least a draw, if not the win with our full side out.
Grant Holt is good in the air, and he had a field day for Norwich last week with two goals, against a side that had no height at all in central defense.
And Gateshead-born striker Danny Graham is a similar type of player to Holt and good in the air, and if Colo doesn’t play tomorrow, Danny could have a good game up front for Swansea City.
We don’t want to be too pessimistic, but if Colo, Williamson and Tiote are missing again tomorrow, it could be difficult to pick up all 3 points against Swansea.