The really good news after the game today is that the Yohan Cabaye injury is not too bad, and Alan Pardew thinks he should be fit for our next game at Craven Cottage next Saturday.
Shaun Derry puts in crude tackle on Yohan Cabaye this afternoon
This is what Alan said about the Yohan Cabaye tackle on him:
“It was a bad challenge and it was one of those between a red and a yellow and the referee had a super game today I thought – but the decision was yellow and I’m fine with that.”
“Yohan was really upset with it, but he has to understand that in England they come thick and fast – those tackles.”
“He seems to be okay we think, and we’re hoping – fingers crossed – he’ll be running around for us next week – he’s a massive, massive player for us.”
There were a lot of positive things for Alan Pardew to take out of this game today, and here just are a few of them:
- It was our 8th clean sheet of the season and the 4th clean sheet in the last seven games
- It was our 10th league win of the season and the third win in our last four league games
- We were really surprised at how well Ryan Taylor did when he was switched to central midfield when Cabaye went off injured.
Ryan played so well with Danny Guthrie, that we hardly missed the Frenchman. Taylor will get little or no no praise for what he did today, but he was a very important player for the side
- Ben Arfa had an excellent game after he was brought on in the first half for the injured Yohan Cabaye, and as Alan Pardew said after the game the 24 year-old worked his socks off for the team and tracked back when he had to.
Pardew said it’s now getting through to the lad the way Newcastle play, and the manager was simply delighted with the performance of the mercurial Frenchman today – hey – maybe he’ll even get a start at Craven Cottage 😀
- Danny Guthrie had an excellent game, given this was his first game back after missing the last six games with his groin injury, and the 24 year-old is looking like an excellent player for Newcastle this season
- Newcastle go above Liverpool into 6th place in the league with 9 points from the last four league games and we now have 36 points form our 21 games
- With Arsenal being beaten 3-2 at Swansea later today, Newcastle are now level with Arsenal on points and have a goal difference inferior by only a couple of goals – so we are 3 goals from being in 5th place
- Leon Best’s goal was an excellent striker’s goal, and it was a much harder chance than he made t look. Leon came up with the goods this afternoon with his 4th league goal of the season.
And now he’s 11 goals being Demba Ba in second place in the goal-scorers chart on Tyneside
While Newcastle were not at their best today, they put in a very good workmanlike performance, especially in the second half, and thoroughly deserved to take all 3 points.
Now for Fulham next week!
Howay The Lads!!