As we mentioned yesterday there’s been some ridiculous criticism of James Perch, after he was stupidly head-butted on Sunday by frustrated Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
Stupid Pepe Reina on Sunday head butts James Perch
Some of Liverpool’s current and former players are trying to say that it was really James Perch’s fault that Pepe Reina was sent off, and the Spaniard will now miss the FA Cup semi-final and some other league games.
How’s that for shooting yourself in the foot?
And we have a way of responding to ridiculous criticisms like that – pull the other one it’s got bells on.
Immature people always try to blame others for their own difficulties, and basically that’s what we’ve seen since Sunday, from the Liverpool side of things.
It probably shows the level of disarray the Liverpool club is in right now with six defeats in their last seven games.
And the only non-defeat in there was the 3-0 win against Everton, who made six changes to their side to rest players for the FA Cup tie against Sunderland in the next game.
The players who came out in support of Reina after Sunday’s game were wrong to suggest James was at fault - and they know it.
The only mature thing we saw after the incident was Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard telling manager Kenny Dalglish to get off the pitch, and not make things worse – great leadership by the England International and Liverpool legend.
James was asked in the Newcastle Journal this morning about those criticisms, and this is what he had to say:
“I wasn’t really surprised by some of the things that were said – it’s Liverpool fans and all that,” ”They can say what they want, it’s water off a duck’s back.”
“I’m not bothered, I don’t really read too much into it. I’m not a diver. People who have seen me play know what kind of player I am. I’m not going to go and dive about and act silly and the rest of it.”
“If someone makes contact with you, someone makes contact with you. That’s it.” “He shouldn’t have done it really and I know deep down he’ll think ‘I shouldn’t have done that’ because it’s cost them at the end of the day.”
“It’s his actions that have caused it.” “There’s no need for all the talk really, you just need to look at the telly to see he’s in the wrong.” “He was probably frustrated at the way it was going – I’m not going to blame him for doing it because he’s frustrated and he wanted them to do well.”
“Things happen; I bet he regrets it now.”
James is a doubt for tomorrow’s game at Swansea, and who would have thought six months ago that James possibly not being available for a game, would be any concern to Newcastle fans?
But that’s the extent that James has come on at Newcastle over the last few months, and he’s put in some great performances for Newcastle recently, including a stellar display at the back against Liverpool on Sunday.
And who was it that said that James was not a Premier League class player?
James Perch has done great for Newcastle, and long may it continue!