There are a number of good things that Alan Pardew will be able to take out of the game yesterday, but there are also some things about Newcastle’s play, that will be worrying to the Newcastle manager.
James Perch saves Newcastle when his kicks ball clear from Pogrebnyak
Here are some of the positives from the game yesterday:
- Steve Harper had another good game in the Newcastle goal and saved Newcastle on a couple of occasions with top class saves in both halves. A save near the end of the game when he threw himself to his left to block a shot, saved Newcastle a point yesterday.
And when Tim Krul returns to training – maybe next week – he will know that both Steve Harper and Rob Elliot have been excellent in goal in his absence
- Gael Bigirimana will have leaned a lot from his Premier League debut start yesterday, and the 18 year-old still has a lot to learn, but didn’t look out of pace, and Gael will now likely get a number of games in the Newcastle first team in his his first full season on Tyenside.
This lad looks like an absolute bargain at £1M from Coventry City
- For the second game running young Shane Ferguson came on as a substitute in the left wing position and set up a goal – this time for Demba Ba, while on Wednesday night he had floated the perfect pass in for Papiss Cisse to get his first goal of the season, just a minute after both had come as subs. We should see a lot more of Shane this season, and he looks dangerous out on the left wing, and he can certainly cross the ball
- Demba Ba again showed he is in fine goal-scoring form and saved Newcastle with another brace – get this lad signed up before January – please
And one or two things that will be worrying Alan Pardew just a little:
- When Steven Taylor went off after 55 minutes with an injury James Perch slotted in at center-back and young James Tavernier came in at right back, but Newcastle conceded two goals within minutes of Steven leaving the filed of play and Newcastle’s defense didn’t look anything as steady when Steven was absent. With Coloccini out we are agin down to the bare bones in central defense, and surely we will try to bring in at center-back in January – maybe Douglas of FC Twente, who become a free agent next summer
- There was simply no urgency from the Newcastle side until Reading got their first goal in the seocnd half, and then Newcastle moved into a higher gear, and when we went 2-1 down with just under 30 minutes to play, you could tell some Newcastle players actually woke up – but it was a bad day at the office for too many of our players yesterday, and Alan Pardew will need to sort out how he get some urgency back into the side
What do you think about the game yesterday?
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