Newcastle have only three experienced center-backs – but we knew that in the summer- so it’s a bit pointless to now complain we are short of defensive cover, after Steven Taylor has again been out with a long term injury this season.
Mike Williamson – suspended today
But that’s what Alan Pardew has done today, as he says some of the late goals Newcastle are conceding in games, that is losing us so many points, is due to him not being able to replace the defenders, because he just doesn’t have the players available to bring on to give them a rest.
Well if that’s the case how come we didn’t bring in some new defenders in the summer – so let’s face it and be clear – this is a self inflicted problem and a huge mistake that the club is now paying for.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“We’ve had a lack of competition in the defensive department and you could argue a couple of our players looked tired against Manchester United.” “Losing Steven and Ryan Taylor really hurt us this year.”
“That lack of competition means we haven’t been able to rest one or two, or even bring players on in games when the players in defensive positions are getting tired. We could have done with some extra legs for the final 20 minutes of games.”
Versatile James Perch will move into the center of defense this afternoon in place of the suspended Mike Williamson, and let’s hope we don’t give up points again today by conceding late goals, but if Newcastle are going to recover in the second half of the season, we must bring in at least a couple of defenders in January.
But the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so we’ll see what the Newcastle Board do before February rolls around.
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