The Newcastle manager did not seem a happy man after the 1-1 draw at Liverpool today, and Alan Pardew is unhappy that we have lost three good players to injury, and captain Fab Coloccini was sent off and will miss the next three league games.
Ben Arfa in action today – he made Newcastle’s goal
Newcastle finished the game with 10 men, after Coloccini had been sent off after 84 minutes for a high tackle on Luis Suarez, and the Newcastle manager had to replace Yohan Cabaye, James Perch and Demba Ba during the game because of injuries.
So if you lose four of your starting eleven in one game, that’s not good news for the manager, and Alan Pardew was not a happy man after the game, as he had this to say:
“It’s been an unsatisfactory day for us because we’ve lost three players to injury and had our captain sent off.” “The three injuries made my decision immune and I couldn’t change the game near the end even if I wanted to, and obviously we’ve lost our captain for three games so it’s been a tough day.
“On paper though, it’s a great result.” “We got a good goal and started to look very threatening towards half-time, but you’ve got to be careful with them in possession because they move you around.” “In the second half we let them have it, tried to hit them on the break and we had two or three great chances.”
“Even with ten men we had chances.” “But their goal changed it. Had it gone on another ten minutes at 1-0 I think we would have won the game.” “However, we gave possession away at a bad time and a quick, early ball caught us out.”
“I don’t think there was any intent to hurt the player, I really don’t,” “I’ve looked at it with Colo and it doesn’t look good on the video.” “From one angle it looks bad but from another he puts his foot down to stop himself running into Suarez.”
“I don’t think he’s caught the player but I don’t think we’re going to have much chance on appeal by the footage.” “So I don’t think we will – we’ll have to accept it.”
Maybe these events will help persuade the higher-ups at Newcastle that we need more players brought in during the January transfer window, and from recent reports there seems to be a possibility that we could bring in Mathieu Debuchy, Douglas and Massou Sissoko – and if we can get those three through the door in January, then we’ll know Newcastle mean business.
But today’s game could take a heavy toll on the squad, and we’ll just have to wait for the Newcastle medics’ prognosis of the injuries to James Perch, Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye.
We just watched a repeat of the game on TV, and maybe we’re the only ones, but we’re really proud of our lads today.
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