Vurnon Anita had another good game yesterday for Newcastle, especially in the first half in which we were leading the game at Old Trafford by 2-1 at the break, but then late in the game the Dutch maestro was stretchered off with an ankle injury, after a badly timed sliding tackle from Antonio Valencia – and along with another loss – this was a double downer for the Newcastle manager.
Hernandez scores last minute winner yesterday
Alan Pardew is now more than worried about the fitness of the 23 year-old, who was starting to show a bit of creativity for Newcastle, and playing well as the central midfielder who has been playing in Yohan Cabaye’s position over the last six weeks, and was looking better and better with every game.
This is what Alan said after the game:
“I was a bit upset with that tackle.” “I have seen it again and I don’t think it was malicious but Valencia has mistimed it badly and unfortunately it might cost us a player.”
“I am not sure what is wrong. It is too early to say. It is a bang on the ankle. We will have to see whether he will make Arsenal, which would be a loss to us.”
Anita was again up in the voting for Man of the Match yesterday and Vurnon is currently second on 19% with Sylvain Marveaux at 40%, and the Frenchman is starting to show some good form at the club, and he had a great free kick after 39 minutes when the ball thundered against the cross bar.
It seems unlikely that Vurnon will make the game at the Emirates on Saturday – but Newcastle have to try to get a win and stop the rot – and if we are ahead in that game it would be nice if we can maintain the lead and not collapse by giving away silly goals at the back.
But who will make the chances on Saturday if Anita is out – and we have to hope that players like Marveaux and Obertan start the game, because they seem to be in good form at the moment and can create chances, as both of them did in yesterday’s game.
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