Newcastle were trying something new yesterday, to try to have the team have more energy and play better on the Sunday following a Thursday Europa League game, but whatever Alan tried this time around, it didn’t work, and Newcastle labored yesterday to a 1-0 defeat against West Ham United, hardly one of the top sides in the Premier League, and one we had beaten 5-0 in January of last year in our previous encounter with them at St. James’ Park.
Jonas Gutierrez and Yossi Benayoun after colliding
Yossi was able to carry on – Jonas wasn’t
But Alan Pardew refused to use Europe as an excuse for yesterday’s below par performance, certainly not the first one this season, and Newcastle now have only 14 points from their first 11 games in the league..
This is what the Newcastle manager said after the game:
“There’s no excuses from the Europa League this week, we had a fresh team.” “But we did have a lot of problems on the pitch; Yohan Cabaye was limping around, Demba was struggling with his shin a little bit, Papiss came off with a bad back.” “So we had a few things going on and we obviously lost Jonas.”
With Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic, Dan Gosling and James Perch already out with injury, Jonas Gutierrez had to leave the game early in the first half after 23 minutes with a leg injury, as he collided with West Ham’s Yossi Benayoun, and it seems Ppais left at half time with a back injury – but Papiss was never in the game in that first 45 minutes.
There will be a scan carried out on Jonas’ injury to see just how bad it is, but there are reports that the injury is not serious, and that he could even be fit for Saturday’s home game against Swansea City – which will be game we should win, but we’ll have to play a lot better than yesterday to pick up all 3 points.
We have no update on the Cisse back injury, but we assume that’s not serious.
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