Alan Pardew has come out and tried to defend some of the back four who played at Norwich last Saturday, and were not too impressive.
James Perch – in action at Norwich last Saturday
Pardew believes the back four did a decent job last week, but when it came to defending set plays they were not impressive.
And Norwich and in particular center-forward Grant Holt who got two goals, benefited from Newcastle having nobody in central defense who was good in the air.
And generally the Norwich players won most of the balls in the air in that penalty box.
Alan talked about his disappointment at Norwich:
“I think we are all a little bit disappointed that even though we did not have any centre halves, with the people we had on the pitch, we did not defend the set plays better at Norwich.”
“The back four did very well but every set play, we struggled,” “We looked at that and have to make sure we improve. Swansea are not a Norwich-type team because Norwich are all about balls down the channel and balls into the box. “
“Swansea are a slightly different proposition, and they are probably better suited to us when we are at home.”
Alan Pardew and John Carver will defend the fringe men when they are brought into the team, and certainly Ryan Taylor has done very well since being played out of position at left back at the start of the season.
And Danny Guthrie did really well in the six consecutive games he deputized for the injured Cheick Tiote, before Danny succumbed against Chelsea and is out for up to six weeks with a groin strain.
That Chelsea game was a costly one for Newcastle with Newcastle losing Coloccini, Guthrie and of course Steven Taylor to injury.
In particular James Perch has been defended by the Newcastle manager, and to us he has never looked like a Premier League player, although he is great lad and apparently a first class professional at the club.
And today Alan Pardew has defended Jame Perch who came in for criticism last Saturday for his performance in central defense when he partnered Danny Simpson at the back.
This is what the manager said about Perch:
“Ever since I have been at the football club I have always stuck by them if they have done well for me and I think that the players, like Perchy, it gives them hope,” “He believes he is good enough to secure a future at St James’ Park.
“I think Perchy just gives you everything he’s got when he plays,” “You ask him to play full-back, right midfield, centre back – it’s not the ideal situation but he never moans or gripes about it. He just does his best.”
In all likelihood James will keep his place in central defense today, but we have to hope that one of our regular center-backs is able to play – Fab Coloccini or Mike Williamson.
We even think Perch could be leaving the club in the summer, but that doesn’t stop us from hoping he has a good game today, if he gets a game.