Yohan Cabaye captained Newcastle United for the first time yesterday in South Wales, and if Fabricio Coloccini leaves the club in the summer to return to his family in Argentina, then it’s odds on that the French International will become the next captain of Newcastle.
Yohan Cabaye – I lost the first game as Newcastle captain
Newcastle had numerous chances to go ahead in the second half, as they began to dominate the home side, but Cisse, Debuchy, Gouffran and Sissoko all missed chances, and Yohan had a great shot tipped onto and over the cross-bar by Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm.
And after the game yesterday Yohan Cabaye talked on the Newcastle web-site:
“It means a lot, because in my career this is probably only about the fifth time it has happened.” “For me it was fantastic, especially to receive the confidence from the manager for this role. It is a big thing.”
“But nothing changed for me. I stayed relaxed, focused and I didn’t want to be different just because I was captain.” “It was an honor for me but the main thing is the result and for my first time as Newcastle captain I lost the game. That is very disappointing.”
“We did the right things, especially in the second half, and we played well.” “But at the end we lost the game because we conceded a silly goal.” “It was hard to begin with because they were at home and wanted to press us very high and play quickly.”
“The second half, though, was very good for us because we played in their half, we kept the pressure on them and created good chances to score.” “Unfortunately we didn’t manage that but we have to stay focused on the next games and keep working hard. “
“We have got an important couple of matches which everyone is looking forward to.”
When Luke Moore finally put the ball into the back of the net with just five minutes remaining, Yohan Cabaye put his head in his hands with frustration as he went to pick the ball out of the back of the net – and yes it was that “silly” goal that cost Newcastle big time.
We are still only 6 points out of the bottom three, but Newcastle also have a better goal difference, but it’s still too close for comfort with ten games remaining, and it now puts pressure on Newcastle to pick up all 3 points at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon against Stoke City.
And Stoke will be without Robert Huth, who has been banned for three games after violent conduct against Fulham last week.
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