Santon – It Was Bad – Blood Was Coming Out Of His Knee

Allowing Wigan to gain 3 points us keeps Newcastle still struggling to get way form the relegation zone, and we’re not completely safe yet – that;ls the result of the 2-1 loss to Wigan yesterday, when we lost two players through injury – just to make matters worse.

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Davide Santon scored an excellent goal yesterday

Mathieu Debuchy will be out for some weeks with a hamstring injury and 20 year-old Massadio Haidara is probably out for the season after a horror tackle from McManaman yesterday left him with severe damage to his knee and thigh.

It was a sickening sight  seeing blood spurting out of Haidara’s knee,  and he was in a lot of distress when he was being treated on the field after the horror tackle. And it was more than an embarrassment that referee Mark Halsey didn’t even give the Wigan player a yellow card for the tackle.

It looked like Davide Santon’s first goal for the club after 71 minutes would give Newcastle a well deserved point and up to 12th place in the league, but a last minute dubious Wigan goals got them the win.

This is what Santon told the local papers today:

“My emotions are with Massadio. I’m really disappointed for him and the result.” “I didn’t see the tackle but I did see Massadio’s knee. It was a really bad and a lot of blood was coming out. Everybody said the tackle was really bad.”

“We must win games for Massadio. I feel sorry for him. Every win is for him and Debuchy because they didn’t deserve these injuries.” “Injuries are the worst thing. They can change how you think and how the team plays when important players are missing.”

“It was important for us to win this game. Now we have two important players injured. We don’t know for how long but it is a big problem for us.” “We have had a lot of injuries and we’ve had to change the team a few times.”

“It’s a problem. To lose a game like that makes me really angry.” “I scored my first goal. I’m happy about that.” “It would have been better to get a point.” “I wanted to dedicate it to Massadio.”

We can only now think about the next game against Manchester City.” “They are a strong team and it will be difficult.” “We must make sure we get 40 points and stay in the Premier League.”

“Papiss gave me a great ball and I went in against Figueroa, put the ball on to my right foot and shot. I’m not 100% happy because we lost.”

If Wigan win their game in hand Newcastle are only 3 points from the drop zone, and there are a still a number of clubs fighting relegation.

We needed something out of the game yesterday and we;de have been satisfied with a draw but now our next game is at Manchester City and that could be a difficult game for the lads.

When Alan Pardew said after lat week’s win over Stoke that we were free from relegation worries,  we thought that was premature, and we still need to get to 40 points before we can say that for sure.

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14 comments so far

  • Rainrix

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Feel so sorry for massadio, such a promising start cut short. Cant imagine how cut up he must be feeling.

  • Neil

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Pardew was too premature to say we’re out of relegation fight mind. We’re still in there definitely. Shocking challenge summed up by Ryan Taylor’s tweet

  • beddersmag

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Still two wins from safety and the sooner the better if are to have a real go at winning this cup. Be great to start against city for haidara. Sickening for the lad and csnt see why the fourth official doesnt just sit with a tv monitor. On a seperate note nice to see pards took my advice and tried santon at right midfield and got his best performance. Just giving him a chance as he is right footed and an attacker imo. Could do a gareth bale so lets keep him there. Danny rb. Perchinio can cover lb, assuming debuchy out for a bit

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    What also F**ks me off that Halsey is local – comes from Lancashire.
    Why does local refs ref local clubs

    Also: Bet you that John Carver gets a longer ban than numbnuts manaman

  • Rozzy

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    FIFA should bring in a rule were if a player commits a reckless challenge like this they should be suspended until the player recovers from the injury from the foul. Maybe a bit harsh but look at the likes of Roy Keane who ended Haland’s career and got a five game ban and fined two weeks wages. Not harsh enough in my eyes. Atleast a season ban or somrthing should be in place >:(

  • Rainrix

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Bedders…. Dont forget raylors back soon and he can do a very decent job at full back as well. Plus we might be able to score from a corner with his delivery 🙂

  • Toon1978

    Mar 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Sorry but our beautiful game is going down the pan. It seems that the game is rigged to the hilt. Halsey is paid well enough to see challenges like that and there is no excuse what so ever to miss somethhing like that and to add insult to injury the lad didn’t even get a yellow. Then to rub salt into sore wounds, Halsey also misses a batent hand ball for the winner. What an absolute joke the game is now. If Wigan feel they have to cheat to stay in the epl then so be it but to threaten someones career is bang out of order. Halsey should never ever referee another game in any league at all. He is not good enough. I liked Martinez but after yesterday the man has went way way down in my estimation. Halsey is a cheat and Wigan are cheats.

  • wynsleap

    Mar 18, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #8

    You’re never safe from relegation when you’ve got ar******s like Halsey refereeing your matches.

  • Neil

    Mar 18, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Rozzy that’s a common misconception that Keane ended Haaland’s career. He played on well after that challenge – I agree with your principle though and that was an horrific challenge non the less.


    Mar 18, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10


    Is Raylor close to a return then?

    Has anyone got any news on all of our injured?

    Plus is there any truth in the rumour i have heard that Collo will now not be returning from Buenos Aires? I would stop France picking any of our injured players for their International next week-end?

  • pethmag

    Mar 18, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Its about time we used technology to aid the game and get the correct decisions . This is a industry were the steaks are so high and great.

    Hopefully hadara will make a complete recovery and be back pulling the black and white shirt on again .

    A really hope this will galvanse the team and bring them together .

  • beddersmag

    Mar 18, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Rai rix

    Yeah i really rate raylor. They said he would be back april but were probably hoping we could give him until next year. Might nt have the luxury. Agreed his dead ball delivery best in team imo

  • veto

    Mar 18, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #13

    age cap need to come in for ref’s , he didnt see it cos it’s a bloke well beyond his best trying to run around a football pitch with young lads in their prime .


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