The display yesterday was a lot worse than we expected, even when we saw the team sheet and it was obvious Alan was not playing his players who will start next Saturday at Carrow Road except maybe David Santon and possibly Mike Williamson.
Mathieu Debuchy – will make debut next Saturday at Norwich
But the performance is what has riled the Newcastle fans – and it was just not good enough – it lacked passion – it lacked skill and it lacked endeavor – as we said it wasn’t good enough.
And maybe at the end of the game the manager grasped how much this display has hut him personally, because Newcastle fans never want to see their players lack fight – in any game – whoever they are.
This is what the manager said last night:
“I would like to see a player come through the door over the next week. I never thought we would be in this situation in the summer.” “But the window is open now and we need to help the squad. The Board are going to help me.”
“The only one I could have played at the start was Sylvain Marveaux who I thought could help us late in the game.” “We wanted to put a better side out for fans, but were not able to it.”
“The most important thing for us, I’m afraid, is our Premier League status.” “We have put ourselves in danger, and we’re not hiding from that, so we need our best players back.”
Fabricio Coloccini, who had another hamstring strain, Papiss Cisse, who has a calf problem should make the game but it seems that James Perch is now doubtful.
We don’t know if Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye will be ready for our 17th last league game of the season, and if they are not ready we shouldn’t play them – as we already paying for bringing Ben Arfa back too early for the Fulham game.
Of course we expect Mathieu Debuchy to make his debut for the club – and he should help the defense (and attack) big time.
We have 51 points to play for, and if we can get half of the points up for grabs – say 25 – then we should be safe – but we need wins to get ourselves up that league table.
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Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez at least have a chance of making the Carrow Road match.