Davide Santon Place Under Pressure At Newcastle

Alan Pardew was left a frustrated manager at the end of the game at the Liberty Stadium yesterday,  when his side should have taken at least a point out of the game they had dominated in the second half, but the failure to take their chances cost them when mistakes by both Davide Santon and Yanga-Mbiwa led to Swansea’s only goal by substitution Luke Moore.

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Luke Moore bundles in the winner after 85 minutes

This is some of what Alan Pardew said after the game:

“We are frustrated and disappointed we did not even get a draw as we more than deserved that. We sat off them for the first 20 minutes of the first half but we sorted that at half-time,” he told reporters.

“The goal was sloppy, it’s a ball into the box, we had four defenders there and it should have been dealt with better; unfortunately it wasn’t and it cost us.” “In the second half I thought they had settled for a draw, they knew they were doing well to stay in it.”

“But when we did not score in that great period we had you know any mistake can be costly and that is what happened. We missed two or three big chances and you cannot do that at this level.”

For the goal both Santon and Yanga-Mbiwa had chances to clear the ball,  but it somehow went to Luke Moore who then saw off a sliding challenge from Steven Taylor before putting the ball past goalkeeper Rob Elliot into the empty net.

And Newcastle lost again on the road,  our 8th defeat in 14 away games and only one win, but we should have taken something out of the game.

We have to think that if Massadio Haidara plays well against FC Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday night in Russia, he will make a serious claim for the left back position.

But Alan Pardew has a choice to make at left back – either he has Davide Santon who is very good going forward but his defensive play is lacking,  or he brings in 20 year-old Haidara who seems like an excellent defensive left back.

And now Newcastle really must beat Stoke City at home on Sunday afternoon – but of course we have to make the long trip to Russia on Thursday night – but our Premier League survival still has to be the top priority.

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13 comments so far

  • zimtoon

    Mar 3, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Would rather prefer santon pushed up and he could be the next gareth bale


    Mar 3, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #2

    We win as a Team and we Lose as a Team!

    We have a good Defender sat on the bench in Hadeira? Am i being stupid to suggest we play Hadeira in the back four and play Santon on the wing?

    We lost one game, so what? Lets move on to Thursday and make sure we take the points against Stoke!

  • hatemorloveit

    Mar 3, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Am i the only one who thinks he is not that good going foward either? Rarely has any end product

  • milburn 77

    Mar 3, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #4

    hatemorloveit – to be fair that doesnt stop jonas getting a game every week 🙂

  • ballerfan2

    Mar 3, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Being a manager is so easy from the terraces or the armchair and after the event. Pardew is getting stick about subs yet we had so much momentum in the second half – should he have risked disrupting that momentum. Neither do we have to consider the balance of the team which is why I suspect Pardew plays Jonas, knowing he will get a good shift for the good of the team. As for pushing Santon forward – he is trying to keep several midfielders happy somI dont see the logic in giving a defender a midfield slot. As I said armchair managing is easy, particularly after the event.

  • true toon

    Mar 3, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Play Haidara during away games and Santon at Home games.

  • milburn 77

    Mar 3, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #7

    i really dont understand why nobody else seems to want jonas out of the team. he has no assists and one goal all season. the work rate argument doesnt work for me either, hes there to create

  • Harley

    Mar 3, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #8

    I wish people would stop saying play santon up front and he’ll be like Bale.

    Bale is considered one of the best players in the world. He’s a total freak of a player. He’s a beast if a man, lightening quick, intelligent, a dead ball expert and can score seemingly at will.

    It isn’t just a case of hey presto move the full back further forward and look what happens, they play like Bale.

    The skill has to be there in the first place and I don’t see any if those attributes in santons game.

  • ballerfan2

    Mar 3, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Absolutely right Harley although a bit cruel re Santon – a good skilful player but no Bale.


    Mar 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #10

    No-one is suggesting playing Santon on a Permanrent basis up front as an out and out attacker ?

    But it may be an idea to try it and see what happens?

  • veto

    Mar 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #11

    @harley , have you watched bale develop over the past two year ?
    there is nothing to the lads game bar pace and power and he uses it directly , santon looking a spitting image to what bale was like a cpl season ago , but santon has more skill

  • cockneymagpie90

    Mar 3, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #12


    Santon is wasted at LB and should be moved up!

    Hes got all the attributes of a LW.

    This would be a good move but cant see it happening cus pardew is clueless unfortunately.

  • Anita Go PeePee

    Mar 3, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Criticising Santon defensively seems fashionable at the moment but he’s really quite solid imo. He gets caught out positionally from time to time but his pace usually makes up or this and his ability to get down the left flank can’t be underestimated. He’s one of the first names on the team sheet, in that LB slot, for me. And fwiw, that team sheet would look like this, at full-strength.

    Debuchy Taylor Coloccini Santon
    Cabaye Anita
    Ben Arfa Sissoko Marveaux


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