One thing we were really worried about at half time in Sunday’s game against QPR was how long Yohan Cabaye would be out.
Yohan Cabaye – still gesticulating as he’s being stretchered off
Cabaye was the target of a rather brutal lunging tackle from Shaun Derry, but referee Chris Foy only gave the QPR defender a yellow card, but it ended up in Cabaye being stretchered off the field, which is never a good sight.
We’ve seen tackles like that that have produced a straight red card, such as when Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany sent off in the FA Cup 3rd round tie against Manchester United for another lunging tackle.
We even thought that tackle by Kompany shouldn’t have even been a foul, but the referee on that day, Chris Foy, sent him off in the first half and completely changed that game.
So the referees are simply not consistent with their decisions on tackles, and you cannot make tackles these days that were completely fair a short ten years ago.
Alan Pardew addressed the matter yesterday and he had this to say:
“It was a strong challenge, but Shaun Derry is a player who makes strong challenges.”
“The referee was right on top of it,” “I thought it was borderline yellow/red, but I think probably it was a yellow. He seemed to get the ball.”
“There always controversy about tackling. It’s very, very difficult for referees, so I am not going to sit here and criticize that decision,”
“But Yohan was upset. He felt it was probably a little bit over-exuberant, but the doc thinks he is going to be okay.”
Yohan was upset alright, because when he was passing the Newcastle coaches he threw a glove to the ground, and we’re not sure who that was directed at, but he was certainly upset. Maybe it was at the fourth official.
The good news is that the ankle injury doesn’t seem to be too bad at all, and we have to assume the initial prognosis that he should be able to play at Craven Cottage on Saturday is an accurate one.
It’s also interesting that once Cabaye had left the game, Newcastle got their act together and started to come into the game more, and after some pressure from the home side we went ahead with that terrific goal from Leon Best after 37 minutes.
And it was Ryan Taylor who filled in for Cabaye, so the lad can also play in central midfield – Ryan can play on either wing, in either full back position and in central midfield too.
Wonder what he’s like in goal?
But since we had Mehdi Abeid and Dan Gosling on the bench, who are both central midfielders, it tells you about Alan Pardew’s confidence in Ryan Taylor, that he trusted him in that position.
Ryan could become one of Newcastle’s great squad players, and we hope the club will extend his contract soon – it runs out in 18 months time – because he can keep doing the job for Newcastle in the future, there’s no doubt about that.