Yohan Cabaye looked great for Newcastle yesterday, before he had to be taken off after 74 minutes, but the fans didn’t like that – and it was only 3 minutes after Reading had equalized – and the substitution was greeted with boos from some of the Newcastle faithful.
Yohan Cabaye – best player on the field yesterday
And Yohan had easily been Newcastle’s best player in the game, controlling the central midfield and scoring a wonderful go-ahead goal in the first half directly from a free kick – some skill we had been missing since Yohan became injured back in October.
Alan Pardew cited the booing as perhaps one reason our lads did even worse, as just three minutes later Adam Le Fondre got his and Reading’s second goal (all in a lousy six minutes), to get their first win on the road this season.
This is what the Newcastle manager said after the game:
“‘You could see the extra quality we had on the pitch with Cabaye, and at that point you would like to think we were away from them.” “‘In the second half, we couldn’t get a grip on the game. Reading bossed that period, and as well as we defended at times, we gave away two sloppy goals.”
“We had to take Cabaye off because of an injury, and that caused an adverse reaction in the crowd, and the negativity spread to the team.” “That’s where we are, we can’t get away from that. We need to be able to play through it.”
Newcastle committed the cardinal sin in a 6 pointer – and it’s conventional wisdom that is if you cannot win the game, then at least don’t lose it – but we did lose it, and Reading are now a measly 2 points behind Newcastle, having been in the bottom two all season.
We have to hope we can now keep Colo through the end of the season, and also bring in three or even four good players before the end of the transfer window, if we are to have a decent fighting chance of surviving in the Premier League this season, because this defeat is a very bad one.
And there’s even some good news this morning and Cabaye has not badly injured his groin again, and let’s hope he can line up against Aston Villa a week on Wednesday night – he makes a huge difference to the Newcastle side, as we all witnessed yesterday.
And we also need Steven Taylor back in place of Mike Williamson to shore up our very leaky defense – and somehow we need to get a string of wins asap.
A break of 10 days is both positive and negative – it gives the lads time to get their act together – especially in defense, but the fans have to put with this terrible defeat for 10 long days.
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